Children in Need of Dental Treatment Program
Children in Need of
The Porcupine Health Unit offers a dental program
for children whose teeth are in need of emergency
or essential care. The program is jointly funded by
the province and local municipalities and managed
by public health units.
Who can use the program?
All children age 17 and under..
With an emergency or essential dental condition.
With NO dental insurance or any other form of coverage and for whom
the cost of the necessary care would constitute a financial hardship for
the parents or guardians.
How do children access the CINOT program?
All children must be screened by Porcupine health unit staff before they
can be admitted to the program. The majority of children are identified
through the health unit’s targeted school dental screening, referral and
follow-up activities. Teachers and parents may also request that the health
unit screen a child if they believe the child would qualify for CINOT.
Is all dental care covered?
NO. CINOT covers a basic level of treatment services
only (e.g., examinations, x-rays, most fillings and
extractions). All dentists receive a copy of the services
covered by CINOT. Some more complex services
require prior authorization from the health unit before
they can be done. Preventive services are usually
provided through the health unit free of charge.
When a dentist accepts a CINOT covered patient, he/she
is not permitted to bill the parent/guardian for covered
services. However, if the parent/guardian consents to
additional services not covered by the CINOT Program,
the dentist will bill the parent/guardian directly.
For more information, call the Porcupine Health Unit,
Dental Servcies at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.