The Health Unit is now accepting applications through the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program.

Officials say seniors who meet the financial qualifications can now apply for extended dental coverage through the program — which will be offered at the Health Unit’s North Bay office.

Ontario residents aged 65 and older 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 program.

Applications can filed online at or picked up in-person at the Health Unit’s North Bay and Parry Sound offices.

The Health Unit says they will continue to work with community partners to expand the program over the coming year.

The OSDCP will provide preventative, routine, emergency and other dental services free of charge, for those who meet the financial qualifications.

“There is a clear need in our community for dental programs. The OSDCP will help individuals 65 and older, who meet the financial requirements, to have extended health care and reduce issues such as gum disease, infections and chronic pain,” said Julie Patenaude-Bouffard, Interim Program Manager, Oral Health.


(File photo by station staff)

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