Oral Health

Oral health is a big part of overall health, and having a good dental routine is key to preventing issues such as cavities and gum disease. Along with brushing and flossing, regular cleanings and visits with a dental professional such as a dentist or dental hygienist, will help you keep your smile sparkling. For more information on oral health, visit the Canadian Dental Association.

School Screenings

Good oral hygiene starts in childhood and to help ensure your child is on the right track, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) offers annual dental screenings in elementary/intermediate schools across the region. Our dental team provides a quick check of your child’s mouth for any dental concerns. Information about any dental problems requiring immediate attention is then sent home to parents and guardians, with recommendations for next steps.

Affordable Dental Care

Dental care can be expensive, and through programs like Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO), and the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP), the EOHU provides accessible dental care for eligible children and seniors.


  • If you are covered by Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program OR require low-cost dental services, please contact local dentists’ offices or your case worker.
  • Requests from individuals who reside outside of the EOHU region will not be processed.  If you reside outside of the EOHU region, please contact your local public health unit.

Healthy Smiles Ontario

Healthy Smiles Ontario program (HSO) helps kids develop lifelong healthy habits, by providing eligible families with dental coverage for children 17 and under.  More information on the program, eligibility, and how to apply is available here.

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) provides dental care for eligible low-income seniors 65 and older, who don’t have dental coverage through private insurance or other government programs. Information on eligibility, types of care covered by the program and how to apply can be found hereIf you are eligible for OSDCP, please contact the EOHU to discuss your options BEFORE seeking dental services or treatment.

Contact the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120 for more information on our dental services and programs.