Get Dental Help

The Alberta Dental Foundation will be a source of funding for many organizations serving individuals in need; however, there are many government programs and services which already exist for this purpose that are under-utilized.

The Alberta Dental Foundation will make it easier for you to find the financial aid and services you need. The service providers below offer reduced-fee dental treatment services by qualified dentists to families in financial need and without access to dental insurance.

Alberta Health Services—Community Oral Health Programs

Smiles 4 Canada

Nationwide

Eligibility:
Coverage:
  • Orthodontic service

Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB)

First Nations and Inuit

Eligibility:
  • All registered First Nations and Inuit persons that are residents in Canada.
Coverage:
  • Routine services and comprehensive (with pre-approval) dental services. Show status registry card to a dental provider.

Mustard Seed

Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton

Eligibility:
  • Children and Seniors. Must be a resident of the Mustard Seed.
Coverage:
  • Contact Mustard Seed for dental services offered.

Mosaic Primary Health Network (MPCN)

Calgary

Eligibility:
  • Children. Residents of Calgary living within the MPCN catchment area.
Coverage:
  • Free of charge dental screenings and fluoride varnish for children age 1 to 5 years on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Call for monthly schedule & appointment bookings.

Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)

Province-wide

Eligibility:
  • Refugees – Individuals covered under the Supplemental Coverage – coverage length varies based on your eligible group
Coverage:
  • Emergency dental care. Contact dental provider or Alberta Health Services Public Health Dental Clinics

Dental Assistant Training Program

Calgary

Eligibility:
  • Adults and children who have seen their regular dental service provider within the past year.
  • People with or without dental insurance
Coverage:
  • Low-fee services
  • Services include teeth polishing, fluoride treatment, and X-rays
  • Scaling of teeth may be offered
  • Services available only during some months

Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors Program (DASP)

Province-wide

Eligibility:
  • Residents of Alberta who are 65 years of age and older (Canadian citizens or landed immigrants).
  • Eligibility based on income.
  • Must apply if not already enrolled in the Alberta Seniors Benefit Program or Optical Assistance for Seniors Program. Call for an application or download from website.
Coverage:
  • Coverage dependent upon annual income – maximum of $5,000 coverage for eligible procedures every 5 years.
  • Checkups, cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canals and basic dentures.
  • Must pay for any amounts above the maximum amount covered by this program.
  • Advise the dental provider of coverage.

About Face

Nation-wide

Its mission is to promote and enhance the emotional and mental well-being of individuals with facial differences and their families through social and peer support, information, educational programs, and public awareness. This would include facial differences such as cleft palate. Programs and services aim to encourage and empower the facial difference community, families, friends, and allies while providing educational resources and public awareness campaigns.

Eligibility
  • Anyone of any age with a facial difference
Coverage:
  • this organization provides support mainly in the realm of social and mental wellbeing
  • programs have associated costs but are discounted with subsidies of varying amounts
  • post-secondary scholarships available here
Note:
  • Kids Camp in Cremona, Alberta August 26-30, 2019
  • More information and registration details here

Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI)

First Nations and Inuit

Eligibility:
  • For infants and children of First Nations Communities in Alberta.
Coverage:
  • Free services including fluoride varnish, sealants, fillings and teaching about tooth brushing and flossing.

Burns Memorial Fund

Calgary

Eligibility:
  • Must be under the age of 21 and lived in Calgary for at least 6 months.
  • Children in low income situations with urgent or significant dental needs that are NOT covered by ACHB or private insurance.
  • Application form and treatment plan needed.
  • Dentist or Orthodontist must complete a pre-screening referral form (found on website)
Coverage:
  • Payment or cost-sharing for dental or orthodontic treatment.
  • Payments are not given for services already provided in a dental office before applying to the Burns Fund.
  • Will consider up to $2,000/family within a 3-year period.

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)

Province-wide

Eligibility:
  • AISH clients and their dependants.
Coverage:
  • Routine dental services and dentures.
  • Show health benefit card to a dental provider.

Alberta Works: Alberta Child Health Benefit (ACHB)

Province-wide

Eligibility:
  • Children under the age of 18 years (19 if attending high school) in low-income families.
  • Eligibility based on income and number of eligible children in the family.
  • Must apply. Call for an application or download from website.
Coverage:
  • Free basic health benefits and routine dental services.
  • Show benefit card to a dental provider.

Alberta Works: Alberta Adult Health Benefit (AAHB)

Province-wide

Eligibility:
  • People who leave income support or AISH and have employment or Canada Pension
  • Plan Disability program.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People with ongoing prescription drug needs.
  • Eligibility also based on income.
Coverage:
  • Basic services (extractions, fillings, etc.) and in some cases teeth cleaning.
  • See online policy manual for details on who has what coverage.
  • Client must show benefit card to dental provider.

Alberta Works

Province-wide

Eligibility:
  • People and their dependants who are receiving income support (social assistance).
Coverage:
  • People who cannot work are eligible for supplemental coverage (basic dental services and dentures).
  • People who can work are eligible for standard coverage (limited to pain andoral infection relief, and dentures).
  • The health benefits card will indicate level of coverage (standard or supplemental dental).
  • Show health benefit card to a dental provider.

Foothills Medical Centre Dental Clinic

Calgary

Eligibility:
  • Adults and Seniors
  • People with medical, physical and/or mental health conditions.
  • Referral required.
Coverage:
  • There is a fee for dental services provided.
  • The dental clinic will complete and submit insurance/benefit forms as required.

Alberta Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic

Calgary

Eligibility criteria:
  • Children, infants and teens with medical, physical and/or mental health conditions.
  • Referral letter required.
Coverage:
  • There is a fee for dental services provided.
  • The dental clinic will complete and submit insurance/benefit forms as required.
  • Linked to Cleft Palate and Craniofacial clinic.

Community Oral Health

Calgary

Eligibility:
  • Infants, children, families, adults and seniors;
  • Targeted communities and groups.
Coverage:
  • Preventative services only
  • Varies according to client/age group
  • Visit the website for details

Community Dental Clinics

Sheldon Chumir

Calgary

Qualified dentists provide reduced-fee dental treatment services to eligible low-income individuals or families who are without access to dental insurance.

This service provides:

  • Reduced-fee dental treatment services by qualified dentists to families in financial need and without access to dental insurance;
  • Check-ups, X-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants, scalings, fillings, front tooth root canals, extractions, etc.

Stollery Children’s Hospital

Northern and Central Alberta

Provides dental services for people with medical conditions, disabilities, hospital inpatients as well as the general public.

U of A School of Dentistry Patient Clinics

Edmonton

The School of Dentistry offers a full range of general and specialty dental services for the public at affordable and competitive prices.

SHINE Dental clinic

Edmonton

The SHINE (Student Health Initiative for the Needs of Edmonton) Dental Clinic is a student run organization established through the University of Alberta and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Based out of the Boyle McCauley Centre, the organization provides dental care for youth in need at no cost to patients.

Public Health – Dental Treatment Services

Calgary

This service provides:
  • Reduced-fee dental treatment services by qualified dentists to families in financial need and without access to dental insurance;
  • Check-ups, X-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants, scalings, fillings, front tooth root canals, extractions, etc.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Individuals and families with limited income that do not have a dental plan.
  • Eligibility based on income and family size.
  • Clients must apply. Download application.
  • Confirmation that you don’t have a dental plan:

Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS)

Calgary

Through integrated healthcare, education and housing, CUPS and its partners will assist adults and families in Calgary living with the adversity of poverty and traumatic events to become self-sufficient.

Boyle McCauley Health Centre

Edmonton

Provide dental care 5 days per week for those:
  • Who cannot access care due to health (such as mental illness, addictions)
  • With social hardship (such as homelessness, literacy challenges),
  • With financial hardship (such as those receiving Alberta Works, AISH), and those with a low annual income who do not have access to dental benefits.

Alex Dental Health Bus

Calgary

The Alex Dental Health Bus provides essential preventative oral health services and support primarily to children and youth at schools in identified high-need areas.

Alberta Children’s Hospital

Calgary

This service provides dental treatment to special needs children who are medically, mentally or physically challenged.