Dental care is expensive if you don’t have insurance. There are 4 places to find low-cost dental care in Ontario:
1. Your School
If you are in school, you might have access to a school dental program. Ask your school’s health care office or school nurse for more information. You may be screened by a nurse to see if you have serious dental problems, and will be referred for more dental care.
2. Under 17 years old? Don’t have insurance?
You may qualify for CINOT (Children in Need of Treatment). This program gives free dental care to young people who have urgent problems with their teeth. If you live in Toronto, find information about CINOT here. If you live outside of Toronto find more about CINOT by visiting your Public Health Unit or calling:The Ministry of Health INFOline:
In Ontario (toll free) - P: 1(800) 268-1154
In Toronto - P: (416) 314-5518
TTY - P: 1(800) 387-5559
3. Community Health Organizations
In most cities in Ontario, the local community or public health department have free or less expensive dental services. Call or visit a community information centre near you to find a health centre that offers dental care.
4. Dental Colleges and Universities
Some dental colleges and universities have dental clinic programs open to the public. They are usually cheaper than regular dental care. In Toronto, schools such as George Brown College, Regency Dental Hygiene Academy and the University of Toronto offer dental clinic programs. If you're outside of Toronto, check with local post-secondary institutions or your municipality for dental clinic programs.