Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

The Government of Canada’s dental care plan covers seniors, children, adults, and uninsured Canadian residents.

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Introducing the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall wellness. Neglecting oral hygiene can lead to serious health issues such as respiratory diseases, diabetes complications, cardiovascular conditions, strokes, cancer, pregnancy complications, and severe infections, all of which can significantly impact your quality of life if left untreated.

The Government of Canada is actively improving affordability for Canadians through the implementation of the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). To qualify for the CDCP, individuals must:

  • Not have dental insurance
  • Have a household income of less than $90,000
  • Be regarded as a resident of Canada for tax purposes
  • Have filed their tax return in the last year

Canadian residents enrolled in social programs offered by their province or territory government or by the federal government and receiving dental benefits through those programs are eligible for consideration for the CDCP, provided they meet all of its criteria.

River Edge Dental proudly offers services under this program, continuing our legacy as a trusted comprehensive oral healthcare provider in Ottawa.

We warmly invite new patients to join our practice and discover the highest standard of dental care.

Benefits at A Glance


As we age, our teeth, gums, and mouth tissues undergo changes influenced by chronic illnesses and medications. These changes commonly include:

  • Sensitive teeth: Heightened sensitivity to hot, cold, and pressure.
  • Dry mouth: Reduced saliva flow, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
  • Exposed roots: Receding gums expose tooth roots to harmful bacteria, contributing to cavities.
  • Loss of natural teeth: Seniors are more prone to natural tooth loss compared to other age groups.

At River Edge Dental, we understand the unique oral health challenges facing seniors. Our compassionate team offers specialized dental care designed to preserve and enhance the oral health of older adults. We emphasize preventive care and individualized treatment plans to promote healthy smiles and overall wellness.

Persons with Disabilities

Dental care needs vary greatly among individuals with disabilities, even those sharing the same condition.

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) offers flexible coverage for a variety of dental services recommended by dental providers to address diverse needs. Many individuals requiring assistance with daily self-care often experience challenges maintaining good oral health. The CDCP also extends coverage to specific dental hygiene services provided in non-clinical settings, such as mobile clinics or institutional care.

At River Edge Dental, we specialize in providing accessible dental care tailored to the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Our dedicated team is trained to deliver compassionate care and personalized treatment plans, ensuring every patient receives the support they need for optimal oral health.


Did you know that 57% of children between 6 to 11 years old have had cavities? Additionally, tooth decay accounts for one-third of all day surgeries performed in hospitals for children aged 1 to 5, contributing to more than two million missed school days annually due to poor oral health.

Early preventive dental visits before the age of three establish a ‘dental home’ and are associated with reduced need for restorative oral care in early childhood.

Studies show that applying fluoride treatments and protective sealants to children’s teeth can significantly lower their risk of developing tooth decay.

At River Edge Dental, we are committed to promoting children’s oral health through personalized preventive care. Our team focuses on educating young patients and their families on proper oral hygiene practices to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles.

What Services Are Covered?

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) will help cover a wide range of oral health care services that:

  • Keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Prevent and treat oral issues and diseases.
Diagnostic and Preventive

A range of dental exams, including complete, routine, specific and emergency exams

  • X-rays
  • Cleaning (scaling)
  • Fluoride applications
  • Sealants
  • Minimal sedation (conscious)
  • Moderate sedation (requires pre-authorization)
  • Deep sedation (requires pre-authorization)
  • General anesthesia (requires pre-authorization)
Basic Services

Restorative services

  • Permanent fillings
  • Temporary fillings
  • Pain control for diseased teeth
  • Other treatments for cavities

Endodontic services

  • Root canal treatments
  • Pulpectomies (first step of a root canal treatment)
  • Procedures to reduce infection and provide temporary pain relief
  • Retreatment of previously completed root canal treatment (requires pre-authorization)

Periodontal services

  • Cleaning under the gumline
  • Treatment of abscesses
  • Bonding for mobile teeth (requires pre-authorization)
  • Post-surgical evaluations (requires pre-authorization) non-surgical gum disease management
Major Services

Restorative Services

  • Posts and post removal
  • Repairs to crowns and rebonding of crowns and posts
  • Crowns (requires pre-authorization)
  • Cores (to support crowns) (requires pre-authorization)
  • Posts for crown (requires pre-authorization)

Removable Prosthodontic Services

  • Complete dentures, including standard and temporary dentures
  • Denture repairs relines and rebases
  • Placing lining in dentures to condition oral tissues (for comfort and healing)
  • Complete immediate and overdentures (requires pre-authorization)
  • Initial placement of partial dentures (requires pre-authorization)
  • Replacement of partial dentures

Oral Surgery

  • Removal of teeth and roots
  • Surgical removal of tumours and cysts
  • Surgical incisions, including draining
  • Treatments for jaw bone fractures

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my oral health provider does not participate as a CDCP provider?

The CDCP will only pay for treatment from participating providers. To reduce out-of-pocket costs for those covered under the CDCP, claims must be submitted by an oral health provider participating in the CDCP for direct payment from Sun Life and not to the patient for the services covered under the CDCP.

What if I have dental insurance but would rather have coverage under the CDCP?

The CDCP is intended to help those who have no access to dental insurance. Therefore, only those who do not have access to any form of dental insurance/coverage (private or employer-sponsored) are eligible to apply for the CDCP.

If you have access to dental coverage through private or employer-sponsored plan, you will not be eligible for the CDCP.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)?

To qualify for the CDCP, the following criteria must be met:

  • no access to dental insurance
  • an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000;
  • be a Canadian resident for tax purposes, and
  • have filed their tax return in the previous year.
What is the Canadian dental care plan?

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a federally delivered public plan that will help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care for up to nine million uninsured Canadian residents with an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000, with no co-payments* for those with family net income under $70,000.

What is the difference between the Canadian dental benefit and the Canadian dental care plan (CDCP)?

The CDB is a temporary benefit that provides a direct, tax-free payment to help eligible families pay for oral health care services for their children under the age of 12. Once the interim CDB ends, those children will be eligible to transition to the CDCP, assuming they meet the eligibility criteria.

The CDCP is a federally delivered public plan that will help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care. Canadian residents with an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000. To limit out of pocket costs for enrolled Canadians, oral health providers are expected to bill the CDCP directly for reimbursement, so the patient doesn’t have to.

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