Oral Health Dental Treatment Services



Provides reduced-fee dental treatment services by qualified dentists to families in financial need and without access to dental insurance.


Region of Administration:

Municipality (2 Dental Clinics in Calgary area)


Government / Department:

Alberta Health Services



Emergency clients must show evidence of low income and may receive care for relief of pain only.

Applicants must provide:

  1. A completed dental income assessment form
  2. Proof of family income (Example: “Notice of Assessment” for previous year’s tax return)
  3. A completed Employer Letter or School Letter explaining dental coverage


People with access to group dental plans (e.g. Blue Cross; etc.) or having similar coverage (e.g. Child Health Benefit; Dental Assistance for Seniors Program, etc) are not eligible.

Children and Best Beginning clients receive priority for dental appointments.

A limited number of appointments for new adult patients are available monthly. Patients who have received a full series of treatment from this program must wait three years after treatment is complete before re-qualifying for another full series of treatment. Emergencies (such as pain, swelling, broken tooth, broken filling) can still be dealt with during this three-year waiting period; however, will not include full exams or cleaning.



Check-ups, X-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants, scalings, fillings, front tooth root canals, extractions, etc.

The following services are NOT available:

  • crowns;
  • bridges;
  • veneers;
  • full dentures;
  • orthodontics or braces;
  • molar root canals;
  • periodontal surgery;
  • sedation dentistry;
  • complex or specialist services

Fees are approximately 20% of the Alberta Usual and Customary Fee Guide for Dental Services.



Dentists, Dental assistants, Dental hygienists


Therapeutic Responsibility:






How it Works:

Most clients are identified through a questionnaire that is completed by a parent during the Child Health Immunization clinic.

Parents are contacted with the results and those at risk of decay are invited to the ECHOS program for preventative services.

Children may also enter the program if they are referred by another health professional or if the parent has concern about the child's oral health.


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