Basic Dental Care & Eyeglasses

Children of low-income families can get help with basic dental care and prescription eyewear costs through the Healthy Kids Program.

You don’t need to apply. Your children are eligible if:

  • Your family receives Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance
  • They are under 19 years old

Show your child’s CareCard or BC Services Card when you arrive at the dental or optical office. Ask them to confirm coverage before the appointment. Be sure to ask if there will be any extra charges that are not covered.


Children are eligible for $1,400 towards basic dental services every two years. This includes:

  • Exams
  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Cleanings
  • Extractions

Emergency treatment is available if your child has reached the $1,400 limit. It is only available for the immediate relief of pain.

Orthodontics are not included. Ask your dentist for more information.


Children are eligible for prescription glasses once a year. This includes lenses and basic frames. MSP covers eye examinations for children.

Contact lenses are not included. All prescriptions must be current and meet certain criteria. Ask your optical provider for more information.