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Seniors Dental Care

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) provides high quality dental care to all seniors who qualify. Seniors are more prone to dental decay, gum disease, and oral cancer than other groups, so it is important to have regular dental checkups. Untreated dental issues can lead to more problems in the future, including chronic disease. If you are unable to afford dental care, this program may be for you.

What are the eligibility criteria for the OSDCP?

You may be eligible if you:

  • are 65 or older
  • are a resident of Ontario
  • have an annual net income of $19,300 or less for a single person, or a combined annual net income of $32,300 or less for a couple
  • have no access to any other form of dental benefits (e.g. private insurance or other government program)

What services are covered?

  • examinations and assessments
  • preventive services
  • restorative services to repair broken teeth and cavities
  • x-rays
  • oral surgery to remove teeth or abnormal tissue
  • anaesthesia
  • endodontic services to treat infection and pain
  • periodontal services to treat gum conditions and diseases
  • prosthodontic services, including dentures, will also be covered to a certain extent under the OSDCP

Where can I get dental care?

Dental care services are provided through Public Health and participating Community Health Centres (CHC), Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHAC), as well as mobile dental clinics in some areas.

How is OSDCP being rolled out?

OSDCP is being rolled out in a phased approach. On November 20, 2019, access to the full range of dental services will vary across the province. The program will continue to expand in the coming year.

How do I apply?

There are several options available for applying for the OSDCP.

  • apply online at Ministry of Health website –
  • print, fill out, and mail your application
  • visit your local public health unit or a participating CHC and/or AHAC to pick up an application form and/or get support with completing your application.

What happens if I am approved?

Once your application has been approved, you will be mailed a welcome package and a dental card. To receive dental services, you can book an appointment with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health by calling 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680.

Need More Information About Seniors Dental Care?

If you have questions about receiving services in Hastings Prince Edward,
please call our Oral Health Program at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680.

If you have questions about the OSDCP in general, please call the Ministry of Health. Toll-Free 1-833-207-4435, TTY: 1-800-855-0511.

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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
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  • 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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