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Access to Dental Care


Nova Scotia


Where to find a dentist in Nova ScotiaNova Scotia
Public Dental Programs for Children
Welfare Assistance Dental Benefits
Dental Services for Immigrants and Refugees

Other information


Where to find a dentist in Nova Scotia.

For assistance in contacting a dentist in Nova Scotia, contact the Nova Scotial Dental Association

Nova Scotia Dental Association
101-1559 Brunswick Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2G1
Tel: (902) 420-0088
Fax: (902) 423-6537
Web site:


Public Dental Programs for Children

Nova Scotia offers a Children's Oral Health Program that covers basic children’s dental services up to age 14.

Other public dental programs include:

School-based Fluoride Rinse Program.
Cleft Palate / Craniofacial Program
Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Program
Mentally Challenged Program
Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA)

Information on these programs can be obtained by calling Medical Services Insurance (MSI) at (902) 496-7008 or toll free 1-800-563-8880 in Nova Scotia.


Welfare Assistance Dental Benefits

Dental benefits for recipients of income assistance.


Dental Services for immigrants and refugees

During the settlement period, the refugee or immigrant might be eligible for the Interim Health Benefit Program.  There is an application process for this program, and if eligible the individual is issued an IHBP card that verifies the coverage.  The eligibility period is generally until the person has acquired provincial or territorial status, usually 3 months after applying.  Information on the services covered is available from

Application for the IHBP is available at

After the initial settlement period, the families might qualify for the other provincial programs listed above.


Other information

There is a Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University. Information on clinical dental services is available at

There are no reduced-cost public clinics in Nova Scotia.


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