Giving London-area Kids Healthy Smiles
McGuinty Government Launches No Cost Dental Care For Eligible Children
A new no-cost dental program is now available in London, which will help ensure that eligible kids can establish and maintain good oral health.
Accessing dental care for children can be a challenge for some Ontario families, particularly for those families without dental benefit coverage. The new Healthy Smiles Ontario program will ensure that kids can have regular visits with a dentist or dental hygienist. This program is anticipated to benefit about 130,000 kids throughout the province.
Administered by the Middlesex-London public health unit, the program will provide preventive dental care at no cost to kids who:
• Are 17 years and under.
•Are members of a household with an Adjusted Family Net Income of $20,000 per year or less
• Don’t have access to any form of dental coverage.
By making regular trips to a dentist or dental hygienist, kids will be able to prevent cavities and other dental problems that can contribute to diseases later in life. The program will give kids access to services like check-ups, cleaning, fillings, x-rays, scaling and more.
The Healthy Smiles Ontario program is part of the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy to reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over five years, and supports the five-year Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services.
“Visiting a dentist early in life will help keep a kid’s smile healthy for years to come. We know good oral health is an important component of good overall health. That’s why I’m thrilled to be able to give eligible Ontario kids access to high-quality no-cost dental services.”
– Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and MPP London North Centre
•Ontario committed $45 million a year as part of the Ontario Poverty Reduction strategy to improve access to dental services for eligible children
•Oral health diseases are more prevalent among people with limited or no access to dental services, and children are the most vulnerable