Free Dental Programs for Eligible Children and Youth 17 and Under
April is Oral Health Month, and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is promoting the importance of oral health, and reminding local families of free oral health services that are available.
Good oral health is important for overall health and well-being. Therefore, it’s important to establish healthy habits and behaviours that prevent cavities and oral health problems before they start. It is recommended that children visit a dental professional by their first birthday or when their first teeth appear.
Free oral health clinics are available through HPEPH for children 0 to 17 years of age.
Appointments can be made for clinics located in Belleville, Quinte West, Prince Edward County, Central Hastings, and North Hastings by calling 613-966-5500.
In addition, the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program is available to eligible children and youth up to 17 years of age. This government-funded program covers regular visits to a licensed dental provider, check-ups, cleaning, fillings, x-rays, scaling, as well as essential or emergency oral health issues. Eligible families can enrol by visiting ontario.ca/healthysmiles, through Service Ontario, or with assistance from HPEPH.
To promote the importance of oral health this April, HPEPH has partnered with a number of local elementary schools to deliver presentations providing children with information about healthy practices that will help care for their teeth and gums. Over 600 students will receive this information, and the learning objectives of these presentations align with the Grades 2 and 3 Health and Physical Activity curriculums.
Help HPEPH promote the importance of Oral Health! HPEPH staff are distributing “Smiles” to students/clients/those within the community and encouraging the public to share a photo with their “Smile” and “Tag” @HPEPublicHealth on Twitter or Facebook in support of #OralHealthMonth.
For more information about Oral Health Clinics or Healthy Smiles Ontario, call Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613-966-5500.