More Families Eligible for Free Dental Care

April 10, 2014

Huron County, ON – Families who do not have dental insurance and meet the new income requirements may qualify for free dental care for their children 17 years of age and younger. The Ontario government has raised the income cut-off for the Healthy Smiles Ontario program.

More than 70,000 eligible children and youth across all of Ontario are now eligible to receive publicly funded dental services as a result of the increased income levels.

“The increase to the eligibility criteria is a great help because more children and youth will now be able to receive free dental coverage from their dentists. The increase came into effect on April 1st, which lines up perfectly with the start of Oral Health Month,” says Dental Hygienist Trina O’Rourke.

The old income level cut-off was $20,000. It’s been raised depending on how many children you have. If you have questions, call the Huron County Health Unit at: 519.482.3416 or toll free at 1.877.837.6143.

O’Rourke goes on to say, “It is important to have your children visit a dentist regularly to maintain their oral health. Good oral health means good overall health.”


For more information:

Our media contact is: Barbara Leavitt, Communications Co-ordinator, 519.482.3416 ext. 2289.
Our spokesperson is: Trina O’Rourke, Public Health Dental Hygienist.



For more information contact:

Susan Cronin, County Clerk
519.524.8394 (ext 3257)