Ontario Launches Free Routine Dental Care for Low-Income Seniors

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As part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, Ontario is investing in programs that keep seniors healthy in their communities longer. Today, Ross Romano MPP for Sault Ste. Marie echoed how communities like Sault Ste. Marie stand to benefit from this investment.

Each year in Ontario, preventable dental issues like gum disease, infections and chronic pain lead to more than 60,000 emergency department visits by patients, of which a significant portion are seniors. Many low-income seniors face challenges accessing regular dental care because they cannot afford it, impacting their overall well-being.

This is why the government is investing approximately $90 million annually for the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP), which will provide free routine dental care for eligible low-income seniors in Sault Ste. Marie and across the province. In doing so, the government expects to reduce the number of dental-related emergency department visits, helping to end hallway health care.

“Providing dental care for low income seniors helps alleviate the concerns of seniors and their families around not being able to access essential healthcare services in their community,” said Romano. “In Sault Ste. Marie, organizations like Algoma Public Health will be able to ensure our seniors receive the care they need and deserve, all while reducing hospital wait times. This is yet another way how our government is protecting what matters most for the people of Ontario.”

Eligible seniors can apply to the program online as of today (ontario.ca/SeniorsDental), or by picking up an application form at a local public health unit.

“With this program, we are making sure Ontario’s low-income seniors can age with dignity and enjoy the quality of life they deserve,” said Premier Ford. “This is another concrete way our government is delivering on our commitment to end hallway health care and cut hospital wait times.”

“By providing seniors with access to quality dental care and keeping them out of hospitals, this new program is a key part of our plan to end hallway health care,” said Minister Elliott. “Ontario is building a connected system of care that supports all Ontarians throughout their health care journey.”

“The well-being of all Ontario’s seniors is a top priority for this government,” said Minister Cho. “This new dental care program will help eligible seniors receive the quality dental care they deserve. By keeping seniors healthy, we can also help seniors avoid emergency visits to the hospital, prevent chronic diseases, and increase quality of life for seniors in Sault Ste. Marie and across the province.”

Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income of $19,300 or less, or couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 or less, who do not have dental benefits, will qualify for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program.

“Algoma’s population is aging, with a greater proportion of seniors aged 65 years and older than the rest of Ontario. From a public health perspective, this program will improve the health and quality of life and will reduce health inequities among low-income seniors in our region,” said Dr. Marlene Spruyt, Medical Officer of Health for Algoma Public Health.

“We estimate that the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program will support 2200 seniors in the Algoma District.”

Ontario remains committed to building healthier communities and making life more affordable for everyone, including seniors and their families.

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  1. I lived in Portland, ON for 3 years and thanks to the local D.I. G. Program I was able to have my teeth
    cleaned twice a year, had fillings and xrays. The Dentist Initiative Group were dentists who were willing
    to offer lower rates to the group. I was allowed $500.00 of work done a year which was good for me.

  2. That’s great for seniors but what about the disabled and other’s who can’t afford it? If your going to do this for some people why not help everyone

  3. Ridiculous criteria dental work is insanely expensive and still not affordable for those earning more than these piddly numbers.

  4. Ross Romano you should be ashamed of yourself for agreeing to this. This is great free dental but the people of Ontario should all be covered,this is ridiculous 19 grand a yr. I voted for you Ross and that big BUFFOON that you call a leader but it will never happen again. The NDP will get my vote because they will make it for all. I know people will say the province will go broke. All gov. spend so foolishly so we might as well all get our fair share then we will all be broke together

  5. What do they mean by routine dental care? Would that only be teeth cleaning or would it include extracting a tooth. It costs around 300 just to have a dentist look at your teeth another 300 for xrays and then the cost of what is needed.

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