Free and Low Cost Dental Care

By: ICHA Community Nurse Coordinator, Namarig Ahmed
 
Finding affordable dental care in Toronto can be challenging. Here is a list of some places and key contact numbers to help you with the search for dental services.
It is important to know what services you may be eligible for under your income plan:
 
Ontario Works OW will only cover emergency dental services, which they define as a situation that needs immediate dental care. This often refers to dental problems that are causing pain and suffering.  
Ontario Disability Support Program ODSP has additional coverage for basic dental services. Before approaching your local dentist always ask if they accept ODSP.
 
  1. Free Dental Services

The City of Toronto has Free Dental Services at specific locations around the GTA. Unfortunately, the free dental services do not apply to everyone. Those under the age of 17 and over the age of 65 are eligible if they meet the requirement.
Here is a link from the City of Toronto with more information:
 
  1. Low Cost Dental Services

There are a number of low cost dental services in the GTA. This also includes Dental Schools such as George Brown College Wave Dental clinic 416-415-4547 and Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto 416-979-4927
For more information, here is the City of Toronto’s link for Low Cost Dental Services:
 
  1. Dental Services for Aboriginal People

Anishnawbe Health Toronto has dental services for anyone who identifies as Aboriginal regardless of Status - free of cost.
For more information and contact details:
 
  1. Dental Services for the Homeless

Evergreen Centre for Street Youth, 318 Yonge Street, T: (416) 929-9614 x 2237
Free Dental Services for street involved youth ages 16-24, no OHIP required.
Evangel Hall, 552 Adelaide St. West, (416) 504-3563 x 290
Free Homeless Dental Clinic
 
  1. Additional Contact Numbers

If you are still unable to find dental care, call 311 or The Toronto Dental Association Referral Information, 416-922-3900.