The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry 

OAPHD-LogoOAPHD is an association of dental professionals whose prime interest is the oral health of the general public. Our members work in local public health departments and provide oral health information and services for the communities. Other members include university faculty and students who have an interest in public health dentistry. OAPHD promotes oral health and advocates for improved access to dental care for all Ontarians.

OAPHD - "Dedicated to health for all by assuring optimal oral health" 

Image of a blue smiley face with sugar cubes for teeth and text "Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids' Teeth Healthy". Link to webpages.


Learn some tips to keep your kids' teeth healthy and how you can contact your local Public Health Unit for information about dental programs

NEW! Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program:
Recommendations to Ensure Program Effectiveness

Low-income seniors are a particularly vulnerable population with unique oral health needs. The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) will provide needed dental services to this population group. This program is intended to help reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital, prevent chronic disease and increase quality of life for seniors in Ontario. A group of experts on seniors’ oral health programming have written a white paper to the Ministry of Health with recommendations to ensure effective program design and implementation of the OSDCP. This group includes Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry members from public health units (PHUs), the Alliance for Healthier Communities (representing Community Health Centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres), and the Ontario Oral Health Alliance. See link to the white paper …  Download - Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program: Recommendations to Ensure Program Effectiveness - July 2019


  • OOHA Symposium 2018 Material

    Follow this link to the view material from the Ontario Oral Health Alliance forum - The Gap in our Healthcare System – Access to Oral Healthcare Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA) held at Queens Park in March 2018.

  • Check Out

    Your source for high quality, detailed science on fluoride and fluoridation.

    We are a non-profit charitable project with a mission to make fields related to water, health, teeth, and chemistry more transparent and accessible.

  • TED Talk - What Causes Cavities

    When a team of archeologists recently came across some 15,000-year-old human remains, they made an interesting discovery: the teeth of those ancient humans were riddled with holes. So what causes cavities, and how can we avoid them? Mel Rosenberg takes us inside our teeth to find out. Follow this link to YouTube and learn more.

  • Government Funded Programs in Ontario

    This resource, from the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry, provides a summary of government funded dental programs in Ontario including details of eligibility, coverage and other useful program related information.



  • Resources

    Did you know that more than 2.3 million Ontarians cannot afford to see a dental professional and that one third of workers in Ontario do not have medical or dental benefits? 

    Learn more about this and more from recent resources... 

  • Support Letter from University of Toronto

    Read the letter
     from the Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry supporting community water fluoridation.