As of Jan. 1, 2016, six publicly funded dental programs for children and youth 17 years of age and under will be combined into the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program.
There are different eligibility requirements for children who need emergency and/or essential care. Eligibility requirements can be found in the Schedule of Dental Services and Fees Guide.
Dental providers can assess clients and help them enroll in the Emergency and Essential Services Stream or refer clients in non-emergency situations by calling the Niagara Region Public Health Dental Health Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7962.
Clients will receive dental coverage for emergency and/or essential services for 12 months from their date of enrollment. They will have to re-apply at the end of 12 months, and will be re-assessed.
AccertaClaim Servicorp Inc. (Accerta) will assume responsibility as the Program Administrator and claims may be mailed, sent via secure fax, or submitted electronically to Accerta beginning January 1, 2016.
Public Health no longer provides payment of claims under the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program.
For more information on claims, visit Healthy Smiles Ontario.