Dental Health



A healthy smile is as important as good nutrition, physical activity and getting good sleep.  Often, benefit programs at places of employment cover basic costs for regular dental checkups.  However, more then 60% of the population in Muskoka does not have a benefit plan through their employer.

There are some programs to assist families to cover costs of visiting a dentist. 




Healthy Smiles


Children living in Simcoe County and Muskoka District will have more access to free dental care as the Healthy Smiles Ontario program rolls through town in a new dental clinic on wheels. The Healthy Smiles Ontario bus – with either a dentist or a dental hygienist aboard – will serve six communities in Simcoe County and Muskoka District.

This new mobile service will bring free preventive and full treatment dental services to eligible children, such as check-ups, cleaning, fillings, x-rays and scaling – and help them to establish and maintain good oral health. 

The government is also funding the expansion of the Healthy Smiles Ontario clinic in Barrie. It will become a full-treatment clinic with two dentists, a dental hygienist and four dental assistants. An estimated 1,400 children will benefit from the dental bus and expanded clinic.

Click here to link to Healthy Smiles Ontario for more information.

Click here to link to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for more information.




Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) Program
Click here to link to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for more information on the CINOT program.




Ontario Works
Families on Ontario Works may be eligible for dental expenses.  Click here for more information.



Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Families who have one or more wage-earners on ODSP may be eligible for dental coverage.  Click here for more information.