We, at the Children’s Oral Care Centre, advocate for children to see their dentist regularly as one of the keys to dental health. Most of us get new haircuts, new runners for the beginning of a school year, so why not take this time to go to the dentist and give your teeth a fresh start as well if you haven’t been to a dentist for some time?
Dental visit is not covered under Medical Services Plan and if you do not have any private insurance, the cost for dental visit can add up. But before you get too worry, take a look at some homework we have done for you. We have researched on some resources which can provide assistance for your children’s dental care.
Healthy Kids Program
This program is run by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care. Your child is eligible for this program if he or she is under the age of 19 and receive Medical Services Plan premium assistance through the ministry. The coverage includes partial coverage of basic dental services. There is a dollar limit which is renewed every 2 years. Some restrictions apply, eg. some services may only be covered once a year, like exams, x-rays, or cleanings, so you have to confirm with your dentist about the coverage.
Contact the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation by calling:
1 866-866-0800 (Press 4 and then 2)
KEYS Dental Clinic
This is a non-profit dental clinic that offers free services to those on disability or income assistance. If you do not meet those requirements the clinic does offer low cost cleanings and other services on the Ministry pay scale so they are less costly. Children must be at least 10 years old to access this benefit.
10697 135A St. Surrey BC
SOURCES BC Dental Clinic
Peace arch free dental clinic offers dental services to low income individuals in the White Rock and South Surrey areas who do not have dental benefits. They need to be contacted directly for further information.
Suite 208 1461 Johnston Rd. White Rock BC
UBC Dental Clinic
The UBC Dental Clinic offers dental services by students and supervised by professionals at reduced rates. This service can be lengthier as it is a teaching environment but is more affordable. They are open from September to May each year and appointments must be booked ahead of time.
2151 Westbrook Mall Vancouver BC
Provides hygiene services, cleanings are $30, but a time commitment is required. Hygiene services are done by students and supervised by professionals.
250 West Pender St. Vancouver BC
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