Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP)
The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a new publicly-funded program that provides dental care to all seniors who qualify.
Ontario residents are eligible if they:
- are 65 years old and over
- have an annual net income of $19,300 or less for a single person or a combined annual net income of $32,300 or less for a couple
- have no other form of dental benefits (e.g. private insurance and/or other government program)
What dental services are covered under the program?
- examinations and assessments
- preventive services
- restorative services to repair broken teeth and cavities
- oral surgery services to remove teeth or abnormal tissue
- endodontic services to treat infection and pain
- periodontal services to treat gum conditions and diseases.
Prosthodontic services, including dentures, will be partially covered.
Are dentures covered under this program?
Dentures are covered under this program but there is a small portion that the senior will need to pay for this service.
How to apply for the program:
- Visit the nearest Public Health Sudbury & Districts office to get a paper copy of the application
Our staff can help make sure you have properly completed the form and have all the supporting documents needed to apply. Please call 705.522.9200, ext. 236 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
What happens if the application is approved?
- Once you have been approved, a welcome package and dental card will be mailed to you.
- To receive services, you must call Public Health Sudbury & Districts to locate a dentist who is participating in the program. Once you have this information you call the participating dental office to book an appointment. The dental card must be presented at the time of the appointment.
- You will be notified by mail, each year, if you are eligible for continued participation in the program, or about how to re-apply to the program.
Do I need to pay up front?
Most basic dental treatments are covered at no cost to you. However, if you decide to have services or treatment not covered under the program then you will be responsible for these costs. There are patient costs associated with denture treatment.
OSDCP can only pay for dental treatment for seniors who are enrolled in the program before treatment was started.
Do you offer transportation for me to get to my appointment?
The health unit may be able to assist with some travel related expenses. Please contact 705.522.9200, ext.236 for more information.
Need more information about the OSDCP?
Visit ontario.ca/SeniorsDental to learn more or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 236.
Emergency dental care (COVID-19)
During COVID-19, many programs and services changed hours of service or processes to comply with the Government of Ontario’s state of emergency orders. Learn more about Public Health’s program and service changes and what to do if you need emergency dental care.
This item was last modified on May 4, 2020