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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Dental Services for Kids

Healthy Smiles Ontario

Public Health delivers the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. Healthy Smiles is a government-funded dental program that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth, 17 years of age and under, from low-income households.

Information, including how to apply or re-apply to the Healthy Smiles Ontario Program, is available at ontario.ca/healthysmiles. For more information, or for assistance in completing the application form, call our Oral Health Program at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680. 

Oral Health Clinics

Preventive Dental Clinics are offered at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offices for children and teens, 17 years of age and under, to help keep their teeth healthy. Clinics are held throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and are by appointment only.

We offer a variety of preventive services for eligible children age 17 and under:

  • Oral health instruction (tips for keeping a healthy mouth and a healthy smile)
  • Scaling (professional cleaning that removes hard deposits and stains)
  • Topical fluoride (strengthens teeth and helps prevent cavities)
  • Interim stabilization therapy (a temporary restoration procedure)
  • Sealants (protective coatings for the teeth to help prevent cavities)

Oral Health School Screening

Each school year, our Oral Health Team visits all elementary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties to screen students in certain grades. Our team does a visual check of the child’s mouth to identify, and follow-up with, children who have obvious dental needs. These screenings do not substitute a child’s regular visit to the dentist.

Each student screened will bring home a Dental Report Card containing the results of this visual screening, along with information for those families who may be eligible for no-cost oral health services.

If your child missed their screening at school, you can arrange to have a screening done at one of our clinics. If you have questions about the Oral Health School Screening program, call our Oral Health program at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680. 

Fluoride Varnish Program

Fluoride is the single most effective tool we have to prevent dental cavities. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is painted onto the teeth and can help reduce tooth decay. This coating makes teeth stronger and helps prevent cavities from starting. The Fluoride Varnish program is available to all eligible children & youth up to the age of 17 years in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Fluoride Varnish can be applied as soon as the first baby teeth appear. For best results, we recommend the varnish be applied at least two times per year.

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Need More Information About Dental Services for Kids?

Call our Oral Health Program 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Dental & Oral Health

2016 Oral Health Annual Report

PUBLISHED: Saturday December 31, 2016

2015-2016 Oral Health School Screening Report

PUBLISHED: Friday September 30, 2016

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

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