Healthy Smiles Ontario

Easy application

Tax filing not required

The Healthy Smiles Program is a basic dental program providing preventative and early treatment services for children and youth under 17 years of age in low income families.

If eligible, your children will get regular dental services at no cost to you.

The program includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the costs of treatment including:

  • Check-ups.
  • Cleaning.
  • Fillings (for a cavity).
  • X-rays.
  • Scaling.
  • Tooth extraction.
  • Urgent or emergency dental care (including treatment of a child’s toothache or tooth pain)

Cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and braces, are not covered by the program.

Your child may be eligible if they are:

  • 17 years of age or under.
  • A resident of Ontario.
  • From a household with an income equal to or less than the levels in the table on this webpage.

Children are automatically enrolled in the program if:

  • They receive assistance under:
    • Temporary Care Assistance.
    • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities.
  • They or their family receive:
    • Ontario Works.
    • Ontario Disability Support.

Note: Your children are not automatically enrolled in Healthy Smiles Ontario if you receive Ontario Works and live in a First Nations community.

Dental care benefits may be available if you are 18 years of age or older and receiving Ontario Works.

Proof of birth

A document with first name, last name, and date of birth. For example:

  • Birth certificate or birth registration
  • Hospital record of birth or record of the physician/nurse/midwife who attended the birth
  • Passport
  • Record of landing or confirmation of permanent residence issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Note of decision or temporary resident’s permit issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Certificate of Indian status card
  • Provincial identity card

Social Insurance Number

For example:

  • confirmation of SIN letter
  • plastic SIN card (non-expired)

For families of children who are automatically enrolled in the program, you do not need to re-apply.

  • A dental card will be mailed to you each month with your monthly cheque or statement.
  • You can use this card for dental care services starting the next month. This card lists the names of all family members who are eligible for dental coverage.
  • Bring this card to the dentist or dental hygienist before treatment to make sure that the provider is part of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's Dental Care Plan.

Apply Online:

Apply by mail:

  • Download, print and complete the application form.
  • Mail the completed form to:
    Healthy Smiles Ontario
    33 King Street West
    PO Box 645
    Oshawa, Ontario
    L1H 8X1

You can also get an application form from your local public health unit or at a ServiceOntario location.

To apply if you receive Ontario Works and you live in a First Nations community:

Last updated: September 17, 2023