NHS DENTIST STATS REVEALED – Which parts of England are the best and worst attenders?
The Dental Law Partnership have used new data, recently released by the NHS, to reveal the areas of England that have the highest and lowest attendance rates at their local NHS dentist. The data shows that 6.9 million children (58% of all children living in England) saw an NHS dentist in the 12 months leading up to December 2017, and 22.1 million adults (51% of over 18s in England) attended an NHS dentist in the last 24 months, to Dec 2017. This means that potentially up to 42% of children living in England do not visit a dentist at least once a year, despite check-ups and treatment being free for them, under the NHS.
The data shows that people living in the London region are less likely to visit an NHS dentist than anywhere else in England (45% overall) and people living in the north of England are most likely to attend (58% overall).
Those with the lowest percentage of NHS dentist attendance for children during this period were those living in the area covered by the City and Hackney Clinical Care Group (CCG), where 68% of the children living there did not see an NHS dentist in 2017. In the Norwich CCG area though, 89% of the children living there did attend at least one NHS dentist appointment in that time.
The included infographic and the below table show the top and bottom five areas for NHS dentist attendance during these periods.
Dentist Chris Dean, MD of dental negligence claim experts, the Dental Law Partnership, said, “The data highlights that a significant number of adults and children in England are not seeing an NHS dentist regularly, with some areas having exceptionally poor attendance. The potential number of people, especially children, not getting regular check-ups, at the very least, is something we find very worrying, because this is the way that dental issues are picked up before they become much worse, causing lots of discomfort, pain and stress. This is one of the reasons why we put our full support behind World Oral Health Day, on March 20th 2018, to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our teeth and oral health, as it can have a major impact on wider health too.
“We understand that many people worry when it comes to visiting their dentist, as last year’s survey by the Oral Health Foundation showed, with 67% of UK adults admitting they are apprehensive about dentist appointments. However, we want to encourage people of all ages to make oral health a priority.”