The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) provides its recipients with help covering costs related to health, including dental work. A recipient and their spouse are covered for basic dental services and problems relating to a person’s disability, such as medication that affects oral health. Any dependents over 18 years of age can get dental coverage through Ontario Works discretionary benefits.
To access dental benefits, an ODSP recipient should ask a dentist if they accept patients on social assistance programs, as not all private dentists can accept ODSP patients. The patient should then present their ODSP monthly statement or government ID to verify that they are eligible for treatment. The ODSP enables patients who do not have insurance or cannot afford to pay out-of-pocket have to access high-quality dental services.