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Dental & Eye Health


Residents of Ontario must pay for their own dental care. Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for some dental surgery when it is carried out in a hospital but does not cover routine visits to the dentist.

Some people receive dental benefits through their employer that pay for part of their dental costs.

Kingston's public health department regularly screens students in the elementary grades for dental problems. Children whose parents can't afford to pay for dental care are referred to the Children in Need of Treatment program.

The public health department maintains a Dental Treatment Assistance Fund to help low-income residents over the age of 18 obtain basic dental care.

To find a dentist in Kingston who is accepting new patients, you can use the online Find a Dentist service of the Ontario Dental Association.

Eye Health

Eye examinations in Ontario are usually done by an optometrist, a health professional who is licensed to diagnose certain eye conditions and prescribe corrective lenses (glasses). A specialist physician called an ophthalmologist treats people with more serious eye conditions and diseases of the eye.

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for optometry exams every year for people under the age of 20 and 65 years of age and over. OHIP also covers an eye exam once every 12 months for individuals aged 20 to 65 who have medical conditions requiring regular eye examinations.

Many workers contribute to a workplace vision plan that covers regular eye examinations not paid by OHIP. Some workplace health benefits include part of the cost of corrective lenses or eye glasses.

For More Information

ODA —Find A Dentist
Ontario Dental Association (ODA) online dentist search tool. Find a dentist in your community.

KFL&A Public Health Dental and Oral Health
A list of the dental screening and treatment programs provided by the Kingston public health department. Includes information on a treatment assistance fund and a sports mouthguard program. There are also links to downloadable health information sheets and other resources, some of which are available in French.

Finding a doctor and dentist
The importance of finding a family doctor and a dentist, how to search for them, what to expect, and when to use hospital services.

How do I find a good dentist?
A list of ways to find a dentist in Ontario, including community dental programs and the Yellow Pages of the telephone book. Includes tips on how to choose a dentist for you and your family. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Ontario Health Insurance Plan, Questions and Answers
Answers to questions about eligibility for OHIP, how to register children, applying for an OHIP card, services covered by OHIP (including those not covered, such as eye care, services in other provinces and territories, and services outside of Canada), what to do if you move, and the immigration documents you need to apply for health insurance in Ontario.

OHIP Coverage for Eye Care Services
Details on the various eye care services covered by OHIP. Includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Healthy Smiles Ontario
Ontario dental program for children 17 and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage to maintain the health of their teeth. Information on who is eligible, what services are covered, how to apply, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Information sheets are also available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Farsi, Italian, Oji-cree, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Downtown Kingston! — Business Directory
An online searchable directory of the over 750 businesses that offer goods and services in the core commercial area of downtown Kingston. Includes anything from shopping, dining and entertainment to accountants, dentists and engineering firms.

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