Financial assistance programs for oral health services

The Health Unit offers financial assistance programs for oral health services for children who are 17 and under.

Emergency care

To qualify for emergency/essential dental care, you must:

To apply for emergency care, contact your dentist’s office or the Sudbury & District Health Unit to find out if they participate in Healthy Smiles Ontario.

If you don’t have a dentist, contact the Health Unit immediately for more information (705.522.9200, ext. 236 or toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

Children receiving emergency and/or essential care are covered for 12 months from their date of enrollment. They must re-apply at the end of 12 months to determine if they’re still eligible.

For those who qualify, treatment services are offered to children and youth who have:

Basic dental services

Healthy Smiles Ontario (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care) is for children 17 and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage. If they are eligible, children get regular dental services at no cost to their families. The program covers regular visits to a dentist or dental hygienist. It covers a full range of services including check-ups, cleaning, fillings and x-rays.

To qualify for basic dental services, the child or youth:

Applying for basic dental services:


This item was last modified on March 28, 2018