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Where can I get dental care if I don't have insurance?
Some community dental programs have dental services that are free or less expensive than regular dentists.
Community Health Organizations
Some community health organizations have specialized dental services. Contact a Community Information Centre to find out if there are any in your area.
Colleges and Universities
Some colleges and universities that teach dentistry have dental clinic programs. In these programs, dental students provide the service. They are supervised by their instructors, who are licensed dentists and dental professionals. You may need to meet eligibility requirements or apply to get services from these clinics. Often, you must pay a fee. Usually, the fees are less expensive than for a licensed dentist.
Check with local post-secondary institutions or your municipality for dental clinic programs.
Public Health Programs
Your community or public health department will have information about emergency dental services. If you are in great pain or have broken a tooth, you can get access to a dentist, in the evening, on weekends and holidays. There is a cost for this service.
In most cities in Ontario, the local community or public health department offers some free dental services. However, these services are only available to specific people (such as eligible seniors and children) and you should contact your local community health department to find out what services are available in your community.
Dental Care for Children
The Healthy Smiles Program offers free dental care for eligible low-income children. The program covers preventive, routine, emergency and essential care dental services. You can apply for this program by mail or online. Once you are registered, you will be given a Healthy Smiles card that your child will need to show at each dental appointment.
For More Information
- Ontario Dental Association - Has information about what you can expect from a dentist and general tips about caring for your teeth and gums.
- Canadian Dental Association - Has information about what you can expect from a dentist and general tips about caring for your teeth and gums.
April 26, 2016