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Toronto Launches Free Mobile Dental Care Program for Long-Term Care Residents

Mayor Olivia Chow unveiled a groundbreaking initiative today aimed at addressing the oral health needs of long-term care residents across the city. The free mobile dental care program, set to commence later this month, seeks to provide essential oral health services to over 2,600 residents living in the City of Toronto’s 10 long-term care homes.

The program, spearheaded by Toronto Public Health (TPH), will deploy specially equipped dental vans staffed by experienced dental and oral health service providers. These professionals will offer a comprehensive range of services including preventive care, minimally invasive dentistry, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, and dentures.

Speaking at the announcement, Mayor Olivia Chow emphasized the significance of the program in ensuring equitable access to high-quality dental care for vulnerable populations. “This new program will ensure that all residents at our long-term care homes receive the oral health care they need,” said Mayor Chow. “This is how Toronto continues to be a leader in the delivery of high-quality dental care for vulnerable populations.”

Funding for the mobile dental vans has been provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program, reflecting a collaborative effort between municipal and provincial authorities to address the oral health needs of seniors.

The Honourable Stan Cho, Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care, commended the initiative, stating, “Our government is connecting seniors with faster, more convenient access to the services they need. With funding from the province, Toronto’s new mobile dental health program will help more seniors in long-term care connect to the right care in the right place: improving their quality of life, reducing avoidable trips to the emergency room and protecting our hospital capacity.”

Local representatives also expressed their support for the initiative, highlighting its potential to improve the quality of life for long-term care residents. Councillor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), a Member of the Toronto Board of Health, praised the partnership between the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario, emphasizing the importance of expanding access to quality dental care.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, underscored the role of Toronto Public Health in providing essential health services to residents across the city. “This partnership will provide much-needed access to dental care and a better quality of life for our long-term care residents,” stated Dr. de Villa.

The launch of the free mobile dental care program represents a significant step forward in promoting oral health equity and ensuring that all residents, regardless of their circumstances, have access to essential dental services.


The initiative announced by Mayor Olivia Chow marks a crucial milestone in addressing the oral health needs of long-term care residents in Toronto. By providing free mobile dental care services, the city aims to bridge gaps in access to oral health care and enhance the overall well-being of vulnerable populations. The collaboration between municipal and provincial authorities underscores the importance of collective action in tackling public health challenges. As the program rolls out, its impact on improving health outcomes and reducing barriers to care will be closely monitored, with hopes for its expansion to benefit even more individuals in the future.


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