Ontario streamlines free dental care for low-income kids

Flashing wide smiles and toothy grins, Grade 3 students regaled Health Minister Eric Hoskins with tips about good dental hygiene at Lord Dufferin Public School in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood Tuesday.

“Floss is boss,” said one student. “Think before you drink,” said another, referring to the dental perils of sugar-laden pop and other sweet beverages.

The visit was part of the province’s re-launch of Healthy Smiles Ontario, a free dental care program for children and youth under age 18 in low-income families.

The $100-million-a-year initiative is expected to offer free dental checkups, cleanings, fillings, X-rays and urgent oral health services for about 460,000 children. More

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