senior woman getting dental work

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program

On November 20, 2019, Ontario launched free routine dental care for low income seniors.

Eligible seniors living in Elgin and Oxford County can apply to the program online, or by picking up an application form at one of our locations - 1230 Talbot Street in St. Thomas or 93 Graham Street in Woodstock.

Our staff are here to help you determine if you are eligible, help you with the application form, and talk to you about public health’s new dental services for seniors in our area.  It is our job to help you through the process.

Eligibility Requirements

You can apply for the program if you:

  • are 65 years of age or older
  • are a resident of Ontario
  • meet the income requirements of an annual net income of $19,300 or less for a single senior, or a combined annual net income of $32,300 or less for a couple
  • have no other form of dental benefits, including private insurance or dental coverage under another government program

About the program

The new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program is a government-funded dental care program for eligible seniors.  Those who qualify will receive a welcome package and dental card in the mail after submitting an application.  It provides free, routine dental services for low-income seniors who are 65 years of age or older.

Coverage incudes:

  • check-up, including scaling, fluoride and polishing
  • repairing broken teeth and cavities
  • x-rays
  • removing teeth or abnormal tissue (oral surgery)
  • treating gum conditions and diseases  (periodontal services)
  • dental prosthetics (prosthodontics services, including dentures, will be partially covered

Once you receive your card

Once you have received your welcome package and client ID card in the mail, please contact one of our locations and we would be happy to schedule you an appointment.  Please call 1-800-922-0096 (Woodstock - ext. 3510 or St. Thomas - ext. 1275).

To learn more about the program, you may wish to read the Government of Ontario’s official media release or visit their Seniors Dental Program webpage.


Denture care

Did you know? Oral health can offer clues about your overall health. It’s important to understand the connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to make sure it is as good as it can be.

If you need advice on looking after your teeth and gums, or those of a dependent relative or friend, your dentist or Oral Health Team member at Southwestern Public Health can provide you with valuable information.

Learn more about dental care. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask your dental professional or one of the dental care professionals at Southwestern Public Health for more information.


Clean dentures and the soft tissues of the mouth influence nutrition, speech, socialization and general health.

  • Dentures should be worn regularly during the day but removed every night
  • Your tissues need time to relax and the best time is at night while sleeping
  • Dentures should be brushed thoroughly with a denture brush with water ONLY
  • At night, dentures should be soaked in water. This may be plain water or water with a denture cleaning product added
  • Oral tissues where the dentures rest, need to be massaged and cleaned daily. This can be done with an ultra-soft toothbrush or wash cloth
  • Regular dental visits are important even with complete dentures. The dentist will review the fit and condition of your dentures as well as the health of your tissues and complete oral cancer check
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