Clinics & Services

Dental Clinics & Programs

Dental Health Clinics

Notice

Children's Preventive Dental Clinics are currently closed. The Healthy Smiles Ontario dental program for low income children under 18 years of age is still being offered at the downtown dental clinic for emergency dental services only during COVID-19. Families can get help for their children by calling the dental clinic at 905-546-2424 ext. 3789 before coming to the office.

Dental health is an important part of overall health.  Dental problems and diseases such as cavities, gum disease and oral cancer can be associated with other health problems. Brushing and flossing every day and visiting your dentist and dental hygienist regularly are important to your overall health.

The City of Hamilton offers free dental care for residents who have a low income and do not have dental insurance.  Dental care is available through the:

Children's Dental Programs

Healthy Smiles text with image of child brushing his teeth

Healthy Smiles Ontario
Healthy Smiles Ontario pays the cost of dental services for children and youth under 18 years old who live in Hamilton and are low income. Children and youth under 18 years old must be enrolled in Healthy Smiles Ontario in order to receive free dental care at our clinics.

To book dental screenings and Healthy Smiles Ontario assessments or to get more information call 905-546-2424 ext. 5369

Does your child have a Healthy Smiles Ontario card already?
This card means your child can get free dental care. Please call us or your family dentist to book an appointment.
More information is available at www.ontario.ca/HealthySmilesOntario

Healthy Smiles Card

  • Provide free dental services such as cleaning teeth, fluoride, and dental sealants
  • For children and youth under 18 years old with low income
  • Call 905-546-2424 ext. 5369 to book an appointment

Learn more about the Public Health Services Children's Preventive Dental Clinic

  • Provides free dental services such as dental exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions or removal of teeth, and cleanings
  • For children and youth under 18 years old with low income
  • Call 905-546-2424 ext. 5369 or 3789 to book an appointment

Learn more about the Public Health Services Downtown Dental Clinic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school oral health screenings are temporarily on hold. If your child is in need of dental care, please call us at 905-546-2424 ext. 5369.

Registered Dental Hygienists and Dental Clerks visit Hamilton schools each year to provide oral health screenings to JK, SK and Grade 2 students. Additional grades may be screened based on the previous year’s oral health screening results.

An oral health screening is a brief, 30 second look in the mouth using a sterilized mirror and flashlight. If any urgent dental needs such as holes in the teeth or signs of infection are seen, the dental hygienist will contact the parent or guardian to see if they need help accessing dental care. Please note, the oral health screening does NOT replace a check up by a dentist. 

If you have any questions about school oral health screenings or our free dental programs, please call 905-546-2424 ext. 5369.

Adult's Dental Services

Our dentists provide free emergency dental services such as x-rays, dental fillings, extractions or removal of teeth, and antibiotics for dental infections. For Hamilton adults with low income and no other dental coverage.

  • Come to the location where we park the bus to see a dentist.
  • No appointments are booked; we see you on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Priority is given to people with emergencies.

Learn more about the Dental Health Bus

Free coverage for some dental services for people with low income and no dental coverage. Call 905-546-2590 or apply online. Visit the Ontario Works Special Supports for more information.

  • Provides free dental services such as dental exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions or removal of teeth, and cleanings.
  • For adults who do not receive coverage through Special Supports with low income and no dental coverage.
  • Services by appointment only.

Learn more about the Public Health Services Downtown Dental Clinic.

Senior's Dental Services

Provides free dental care for eligible seniors. This program is for Ontarians aged 65 and over who do not have dental benefits AND who have

  • a single person’s annual net income of $19,300 or less, OR
  • a combined couple’s annual net income of $32,300 or less

Apply online, or get an application form from Hamilton Public Health Services Dental Clinic at 110 King St. W, 3rd Floor.

  • Once you have completed and submitted your application form, you will receive a welcome package and dental card in the mail if your application is approved.
  • After you receive the dental card and are enrolled, you can book an appointment by calling Hamilton Public Health Services Dental Clinic at (905) 546-2424 ext. 3789.
  • You must be enrolled in the program and bring your dental card to your appointment to receive services.

Learn more about the Ontario Senior Dental Care program.

Our dentists provide free emergency dental services such as x-rays, dental fillings, extractions or removal of teeth, and antibiotics for dental infections. For Hamilton adults with low income and no other dental coverage.

  • Come to the location where we park the bus to see a dentist.
  • No appointments are booked; we see you on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Priority is given to people with emergencies.

Learn more about the Dental Health Bus

  • Provides free dental services such as dental exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions or removal of teeth, and cleanings.
  • For adults who do not receive coverage through Special Supports with low income and no dental coverage.
  • Services by appointment only.

Learn more about the Public Health Services Downtown Dental Clinic.