Low-income senior dental care available to 4,000 in Leeds-Grenville and Lanark

BROCKVILLE – Around 4,000 seniors locally could tap into the recently announced Ontario low-income dental plan.

That’s according to the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health District Health Unit. It believes about 1,500 will actually take part.

The provincial government is putting $90 million a year in the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP), which provides routine dental care, like cleaning, free of charge.

To be eligible, you have be 65 or older, make no more than $19,300 as a single or $32,300 as a couple (net income) and have no other dental benefits.

It’s estimated about 4,000 people in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark would qualify.

It’s hoped the program will stop the number of cases of dental-related emergency room visits.

The health unit has two locations already up and running – Lanark and Smiths Falls – but there are no travelling clinics, the health unit confirmed, contrary to other media reports.

“But we would be able to help clients with transportation to these clinics if they needed support,” health unit spokesman Susan Healey told Brockville Newswatch.

There are plans for locations in Brockville and Westport, pending approval.

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