Where To Get Free/Cheap Dental Care in Ottawa


For my fellow Ottawans who are looking for cheap or free dental treatment, you came to the right place!

Maintaining regular dental appointments can be expensive, but do you know what is more expensive? Not going. Neglecting your teeth can allow small issues to turn into big issues. For example; a small cavity can simply be fixed, but if it gets too big the tooth may need to be extracted. 

Regular dental cleanings are so important to maintain your oral health and prevent gum disease which in turn can affect the rest of your body. 

Below is a chart of all the places and events that offer free or low-cost dental cleanings and or treatment. 

Table Of Locations

Reference #Location 
1Pro Bono DentalOpens in a new tab.
2Ottawa Public HealthOpens in a new tab.
CalendarOpens in a new tab.
3City of OttawaOpens in a new tab. and Ontario Programs
Including;
ODSPOpens in a new tab.
EHSSOpens in a new tab.
Ottawa Dental SocietyOpens in a new tab.  
Healthy SmilesOpens in a new tab.
Ontario WorksOpens in a new tab.
Dental care for low-income seniorsOpens in a new tab.
4Gift From The HeartOpens in a new tab.
5Warmstone Free Dentistry DayOpens in a new tab.
6Free YazdaniOpens in a new tab.
7Free CentrumOpens in a new tab.
8Villanova Free Dentistry DayOpens in a new tab.
9Algonquin College Dental ClinicOpens in a new tab.

Algonquin College FeesOpens in a new tab.
10Canadian National Institute of Health Dental ClinicOpens in a new tab.
11La Cité Dental ClinicOpens in a new tab.
12If you are willing to go to Toronto or Montreal, there are Dentistry schools that offer more treatments by dentists in training. See below for more information.

1. Pro Bono DentalOpens in a new tab.

There is an application process for Pro Bono Dental and you need to be able to meet their terms in order to be approved for treatment. I went onto their website and Facebook page and it is not clear if they are actually still running, but an email to them wouldn’t hurt to verify. They do have a list of participating dentists that you could check out as well. 

The terms and conditions include; having a permanent address in Ottawa, proving that you have low-income/minimum wage, no criminal records or drug dependencies, no serious medical conditions, no insurance, and giving permission to use your before and after photos.

As of 2022, I am not sure if this program is still running, but they do have a list of providers that you could call can ask if they are still offering services.

2.  Ottawa Public HealthOpens in a new tab.

Ottawa Public Health offers free dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications, denture cleanings (only at some locations), and information on dental health. They welcome all ages and you can enroll for Healthy Smiles Ontario there as well. 

Check out the link to the monthly calendar for the location closest to you. This is the link; CalendarOpens in a new tab.

Because of the pandemic, the services have stopped, but I would keep checking back or call Ottawa Public Health to see if they plan on restarting their services.

3. City of OttawaOpens in a new tab.

This website will help with your search to help pay for your health services. There is a dental care dropdown. In this section, it goes over children and adult dental services. 

The services are provided to those who have; 

Urgent/emergency dental care – If you do NOT have a dentist 

  • Go online at Ottawa Dental Society Opens in a new tab.or call 613-523-3876 to find a list of dentists
  • Call the Ottawa Public Health Dental Information Line at 613-580-6744, ext. 23510

4. Gift From The HeartOpens in a new tab.

This is an initiative by Registered Dental Hygienists. You can go to this website and find the next date they are offering free dental hygiene services. Services include cleanings, polish, fluoride treatments, and possibly sealants if applicable. 

Here is the link to their contact pageOpens in a new tab. to get in touch with them about the data and location for their next free dentistry day!

5. Free Dentistry DayOpens in a new tab. 

Free dental treatment by Dentists and Dental Hygienists. First come first served basis and you can choose between a filling, extraction or cleaning. Due to the high volume, I suggest getting there as early as possible as there are limited openings. 

6. Free YazdaniOpens in a new tab.

Same as Number 5. Choose between a filling, extraction or cleaning. Yazdani has two office locations, one in Kemptville and the other in Kanata. 

7. Free CentrumOpens in a new tab.

Same as Numbers 5 and 6. Choose between a filling, extraction or cleaning. The office is located in Kanata. 

Due to the pandemic, this clinic has not done free dentistry days since 2019. But, hopefully, with the situation improving, they will resume the free dentistry day!

8. Villanova Free Dentistry DayOpens in a new tab.

Due to the pandemic, this clinic has not done free dentistry days since 2019. But, hopefully, with the situation improving, they will resume the free dentistry day!

9. Algonquin Dental ClinicOpens in a new tab.

Algonquin College has a dental clinic located on the college campus. They offer basic dental work for a drastically reduced cost because it is students providing the services. You do trade your time for the less expensive treatment. You could be there for 2-3 separate appointments that last up to 2 hours. 

The cost for cleaning is dependent on the degree of difficulty (depends on the amount of care required).

There are dentists on site that can do fillings and simple dental work (they are not students, and have been working for many years) and they work with the dental assisting program.

You can find their fee guide here Algonquin College Dental Clinic Price ListOpens in a new tab. 

They offer X-rays, cleanings, sealants, mouth guards, teeth whitening treatments and simple restorative dentistry.

10. Canadian National Institute of Health Dental ClinicOpens in a new tab.

CNIH (Canadian National Institute of Health) is a school that runs a dental hygiene program. Same as Algonquin College, they provide cheaper dental treatment for the trading of your time.

11. La Cité Dental ClinicOpens in a new tab.

La Cité is again a school for a dental hygiene program. They are both French-speaking and English-speaking.

12. University of Toronto Faculty of DentistryOpens in a new tab. and McGill Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences (Montreal)Opens in a new tab.

The services provided are from dental students in school to become dentists. I would email them (the form is on the web pages I linked) and see if they are offering treatment at the time. They can reject certain cases so that is a risk if you are travelling from Ottawa.


I really hope that this information helps you find dental treatment. Your mouth is the gateway to your whole body and keeping it healthy is very important. 

Happy smiling, 

Holly 🙂

Holly Verran RDH

I am a Registered Dental Hygienist in Ontario, Canada. I hold registration and good standing with both the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association.

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