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For Immediate Release:
October 1, 2010

Peel Public Health Brings Healthy Smiles to Peel

BRAMPTON, ON. (Oct. 1, 2010) – The Region of Peel is now offering free non-emergency dental care to eligible children, aged 0 to 17, through the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program.

Eligibility for the Healthy Smiles Ontario program is based on specific criteria. Children 17 and under may be eligible if they:

  • are members of a household with an Adjusted Family Net Income of $20,000 per year or below;
  • do not have access to any form of dental coverage (including other government-funded programs, like Ontario Works); and,
  • are residents of Ontario.

Eligible children will receive preventive and early treatment dental services, including check-ups, cleaning, fillings, x-rays, scaling and more. The program will not cover cosmetic dentistry (such as teeth whitening), orthodontics (such as braces) or urgent/emergency dental services. 

Applications for the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program will be accepted by Peel Public Health starting Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. Proof of eligibility will be required. Application forms can be picked up and submitted at 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton. The forms can also be downloaded from www.ontario.ca/healthysmiles.

Peel Public Health also offers the Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) program, which provides urgent or emergency dental services to eligible children aged 17 and under.

More information on the Healthy Smiles Ontario program can be found by calling Service Ontario at 1-866-532-3161. For more information on the Region’s dental programs, call 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.



Janet Eagleson
Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
647-221-4127 (cell)

Monica Irwin
Supervisor, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 2073

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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