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Oral Health

Oral health is linked to overall health and well-being. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health can help you connect your patience to oral health services in the community.

More information about HPEPH’s Oral Health Clinics, Ontario’s Healthy Smiles Ontario program, and our School Screening Program is available below.

Healthy Smiles Ontario

The Healthy Smiles Ontario program is a government-funded dental program that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.

HPEPH and Service Ontario can assist your patients with application and enrollment. Once clients have completed this process, they can seek treatment from dental health professionals in the community. For more information:

  • Call HPEPH’s Oral Health program: 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680.
  • Contact ServiceOntario INFOline: 1-844-296-6306. TTY: 1-800-387-5559
  • Review the Ministry of Health’s HSO Information for Professionals

Oral Health Clinics

For Kids

HPEPH offers preventive dental services to children and teens aged 0 to 17 years who cannot afford dental care. Visit our Dental Services for Kids page for more information.

For Seniors

HPEPH offers preventative and restorative dental services for qualifying seniors, through the Ontario Seniors’ Dental Care Program. For more information, visit our Dental Services for Seniors page.

Oral Health School Screening

Oral Health program staff visit all elementary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties each school year, and screen students in certain grades.

Each child screened receives an Oral Health School Screening Report Card. Clients may bring their report card to their dental professional.

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Province of Ontario has Declared a Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives.  Read more.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Owner/operators of a businesses, workplaces and/or other community organizations who are unsure of how to adjust operations for COVID-19 are encouraged to visit sector specific guidance regarding provincial lockdown measures at Ontario.ca or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions or need further guidance, please fill out this web form.

During the provincewide shutdown, no indoor social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household. Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 5 individuals, and proper physical distancing must be maintained.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.