08/16/2013 10:20 EDT | Updated 10/16/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia government to expand children's dental coverage to 17 and younger

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's NDP government says it will expand dental coverage to include teenagers 17 or younger over the next four years.

The government says once the expansion is fully implemented funding for the children's oral health program will stand at $9.1 million a year.

Under the plan the program will expand to cover basic treatment for up to 10,000 more people 14 or younger beginning Apr. 1.

Each year the age limit will rise until it hits 17.

Meanwhile, the government says it provides $3 million a year to cover other special dental services.