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Dental screening clinics
A dental screening is a visual check of your child’s mouth by one of our Health Unit dental hygienists. It doesn't replace a regular dental exam with your family dentist. Regular and early dental care is important to maintain dental and overall health. If you don't have a family dentist and you cannot afford dental care, your child may benefit from one of our dental screenings.

Dental screening clinics are offered to children and youth 17 years of age and under who have financial hardship. Screenings are needed to determine eligibility for Healthy Smiles Ontario.

Our dental screenings are provided by appointment only. Please do not arrive late for your appointment or we may not be able to see your child.

What do I need to bring to my child's dental screening appointment?

  • A parent or guardian must attend unless your child lives independently.
  • Your child's valid Ontario Health Card.
  • Any medications your child is taking and any important medical information.
  • An interpreter must attend if you cannot speak or understand English.

How can I make an appointment?

Call our Dental Health Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 1199 to schedule your dental screening appointment, or if your child has a dental emergency.

Health Unit Dental Clinic Locations

All locations are closed for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m.

Your child must have an appointment to be seen in the clinic. Call 519-258-2146 ext. 1199 to book an appointment or for more information and questions about returning an HSO application.

Windsor Clinic

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Windsor address

Leamington Clinic 

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Leamington address

School Dental Screening

Photo of child having teeth examined

Good oral health is important to the overall health of children and youth. Good oral health is important for your child’s self-esteem and sense of well-being.

Health Unit Dental Clinic

Dental screening is available to all children 17 and under in Windsor-Essex and is done in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS). We have dental clinics in Windsor and Leamington to serve you better.

For more information on the dental services we provide or to make an appointment, call our Dental Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 1199.

Why is dental screening completed in schools?

The Ontario Public Health Standards requires health units to provide dental screening in schools. The grades selected for screening are based on the requirements of the Standards.

Statistics are collected which are forwarded to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to determine funding and monitor the dental needs of the community.

A dental screening does not replace your child’s regular visits with their family dentist. No cost government dental programs (i.e. Healthy Smiles Ontario) are offered to eligible children and youth under 17 years of age.

What is a school dental screening?

A notification letter will be sent home before the dental screening is completed at your child’s school.

Dental screening is a “no touch” method that uses a light and sterilized mouth mirror to look at your child’s teeth and surrounding tissues. Braces, spacers, and appliances do not affect the screening and will not be touched by the hygienist.

Your child will bring home their dental screening results in a sealed envelope. Follow-up with a dental health care provider may be needed.