Clinics & Services

Dental Health Bus

Dental Health Clinics

Important - Please bring a list of your current medications and/or the name of your pharmacy with you. Patients are assessed based on urgent dental need rather than order of arrival. Staff assess patients at 8:30 am and 1:00 pm and at other times when possible. While we try to see as many patients as we can, unfortunately we cannot always treat everyone who arrives with dental emergencies. We thank you for your understanding.

Inclement Weather in the event that both the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board are closed due to inclement weather, the Dental Health Bus will be closed.

Temporary Schedule for Dental Health Bus

The City of Hamilton is re-starting emergency dental service on the Dental Health Bus for our low-income clients. The re-start plan will take place in stages.

Until our partner locations are fully open, the temporary schedule for the bus is:​

  • Monday: Norman Pinky Lewis Rec Centre, 192 Wentworth Ave
  • Tuesday: Dominic Agostino Riverdale Rec Centre, 150 Violet Drive (off Centennial Pkwy)
  • Wednesday: Neighbour2Neighbour, 28 Athens St 
  • Thursday: East Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, 45 Ellis Ave
  • Friday: Neighbour2Neighbour, 28 Athens St

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed from 12 noon to 1 pm

In order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission:

  • Due to the mandatory mask requirement in Hamilton, we ask that clients arrive wearing a mask. For those who do not have a mask, one will be provided. Read more about the Face Covering By-law in Hamilton.
  • There will be no public washroom access during the temporary schedule
  • Social distancing remains one of the most effective ways to stop COVID-19 transmission and we ask all bus clients to observe a 6 ft spacing between each other for everyone’s safety
  • All clients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms
  • We continue to operate with a reduced staff for their safety as well as our clients. Until we are fully operational and back to normal service, we appreciate your patience and understanding.


May 17, 2022: Due to staff illness, the Dental Health Bus is closed today and will reopen tomorrow at Neighbour 2 Neighbour, 28 Athens Street.

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. Please note: Clients with Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program coverage cannot access dental services on the bus.

  • 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.

Daily bus locations

The Dental Health Bus is open:

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 12 noon and 1 to 4:30 pm
  • The bus is closed for all Statutory Holidays

Check the calendar or Twitter for closures before you visit the bus.

Dental Health Bus


Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre
192 Wentworth Street North, Hamilton

Closed April 18, 2022, May 23, 2022


Dominic Agostino Riverdale Rec Centre
150 Violet Drive, Hamilton (off Centennial Pkwy)


28 Athens Street, Hamilton
(off Mohawk between Upper James Street and West 5th Street)

Closed: April 13, 2022


East Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club
45 Ellis Avenue, Hamilton
(at Barton Street and Ellis Avenue)

Closed: April 14, 2022


28 Athens Street, Hamilton
(off Mohawk between Upper James Street and West 5th Street)

Closed: June 10, 2022