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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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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

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.