The new ‘NHS Dental Statistics for England, 2021-22, Biannual Report’ was published on February 24.
The report explains, “This biannual report contains dental activity for England covering April to September 2021 and patients seen data for 24 month period (adults) and 12 month period (children) up to December 31, 2021. Please note that this report contains corrected patients seen data for the period between December 2020 and June 2021.
“This publication includes information about patients seen and NHS dental activity broken down to dental practice level.
“To limit Covid-19 transmissions, dental practices were instructed to close and cease all routine dental care from the March 25, 2020. The data reported in the publication including activity and patient numbers will be lower than expected during the time period of restrictions. Further information can be found in our 2019/20 Annual publication supplementary report.”
Key pieces of data highlighted in the report include:
- Adults seen by an NHS Dentist – 15.8m adults were seen by an NHS Dentist in the 24-months up to December 31, 2021, which equates to 35.5 per cent of the adult population
- Children seen by an NHS dentist – 5.1m children were seen by an NHS dentist in the 12 months up to December 31, 2021, which equates to 42.5 per cent of the child population
- Courses of treatment delivered – 5.8m courses of treatment were delivered in quarter 2 of 2021-22. An increase of 3.05m compared to the same quarter in 2020-21, based on provisional data
You can find the full report, which contains data on courses of treatment, units of dental activity and patients seen, here.