Dental Help

No one should have to suffer a toothache! If you’re 17 years of age or younger, and your family doesn’t have dental insurance or can’t afford a visit to the dentist, you may be eligible for free dental care. Services such as check-ups, cleanings, fillings, and treatment are available in both Huron and Perth Counties.

Huron County. Social Services
http://www.huroncounty.ca/ontario-works/income-support/pathways/

Pathways is an emergency program that can assist families and individuals living with low incomes in Huron County when they are most in need. The aim of the program is to prevent homelessness and to provide access to financial supports for families and individuals.

Assistance may include but not be limited to:
-Emergency Hydro, Heat, Water and Sewage
-Emergency Rental Arrears
-Emergency Dental
-Emergency Transportation
-Eyeglasses
-Layettes and Baby Supplies
-Exceptional Items for Prevention of Child Poverty
-Limited Assistance with Cost of Prosthetic Items
-Other Health Care Items

Perth District Health Unit
http://www.pdhu.on.ca/classes-clinics-and-services/dental-screening-and-preventive-clinics/

Offers preventive dental services such as cleaning, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish to children and youth in Perth County who are identified through dental screening.

Services are free for children and youth from families who cannot afford the cost of dental care. These services are available by appointment in Stratford, Milverton and Listowel.

Healthy Smiles Ontario is a government-funded dental program that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for eligible children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households. Children and youth with existing dental insurance coverage are not automatically excluded from the program.

The program includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the costs of treatment including: check-ups, cleaning, fillings, x-rays, scaling and emergency dental care.

Find out more about the program and if you are eligible at www.ontario.ca/healthysmiles.

If you have a dentist, contact their office to find out if they participate in Healthy Smiles Ontario. If you do not have a dentist, contact the Health Unit for help.

Perth District Health Unit
http://www.pdhu.on.ca/programs-and-services/health-line/

Free, confidential telephone service * provides health information for parents, students, school staff, health care professionals and the general public

A public health nurse is available to answer questions about: healthy eating, breastfeeding support, immunization, infectious diseases, parenting, pregnancy, quitting smoking, water and food safety, sexual health, and other information.

Health Line also helps to connect you with other Perth District Health Unit programs and services, and community organizations.

Huron County Health Unit
http://www.ontario.ca/healthysmiles

Connects parents/guardians with Healthy Smiles Ontario, dental coverage programs for qualifying children and youth 17 years of age and younger * offers no-cost direct preventative dental treatment services to program clients at Wingham Hospital and Clinton Health Unit dental clinics * provides oral screening and education to schools and community partners

Huron County Health Unit
http://www.huronhealthunit.ca

Provides public health services that promote health and prevent disease for area residents * staff support and encourage individuals to make healthy choices, and work with the community to ensure that public health standards are being met * Services include: parental and child health * chronic disease and injury prevention * communicable diseases * sexual health * environmental health * safe water * dental health * epidemiological investigation * practical public health research and evaluation * smoking prevention and control

Visit website for details on the Health Unit services.