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Healthy Smiles Ontario offers free dental care to children

Since the program was first launched in January 2016, approximately 8,400 children aged 17 and under have received care
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The Regional Municipality of York is pleased to offer Healthy Smiles Ontario, a free dental program for eligible children and youth under 17 years of age that covers regular check-ups, preventive care and treatment.

Children and youth are eligible for Healthy Smiles Ontario if they meet all of the following requirements: Healthy Smiles Ontario covers basic dental services to a dentist or registered dental hygienist including:
  • Regular checkups
  • Cleaning
  • Fillings
  • X-rays
  • Fluoride

The program was first launched in January 2016 and has helped approximately 8,400 children. Children and youth under the age of 17 are also automatically eligible and enrolled in the program when they or their family receive Ontario Works, Temporary Care Assistance, the Ontario Disability Support Program or Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities.

All other families experiencing financial hardship can apply online, by mail or by appointment at a York Region Public Health dental clinic.

More information on the Healthy Smiles Ontario program is available at or contact York Region Health Connection to speak to registered dental hygienist at 1-800-735-6625, TTY 1-866-252-9933.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at