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NHS Dental Statistics for England 2018-19, Annual Report [PAS]

Official statistics

Band 2 activity undercounting: December 2019 - March 2022

The NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) have identified an error in the data provided which underpins the NHS Dental Statistics publication from December 2019 to March 2022. Some data for Adult patients in receipt of income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who received Band 2 dental treatment were not included and therefore the published counts are lower than they should be. 

The NHS BSA have quantified the impact of this missing data and have ascertained that the missing data accounts for <3% of all band 2 activity, and <1% of activity across all treatment bands.

Please note that no other treatment bands are affected, nor are data pertaining to patients seen, or clinical activity.

8 March 2023 00:00 AM


This annual report brings together information on NHS dental activity in England for the 12-month period to 31 March 2019 (including clinical treatments and dental workforce) and information on the number of patients seen by an NHS dentist up to 30 June 2019.

This publication includes information about patients seen and NHS dental activity broken down to dental practice level.

Adults seen by an NHS dentist

22.0m adults were seen by an NHS Dentist in the 24-months up to 30 June 2019

Children seen by an NHS dentist

7.0m children were seen by an NHS dentist in the 12 months up to 30 June 2019

Courses of treatment delivered

39.7m courses of treatment were delivered in 2018-19. An increase of 1.28 per cent than in the previous year. 


24,545 dentists performed NHS activity during 2018-19, an increase of 237 on the previous year

Adult clinical treatments

46.0 per cent of adult clinical treatments were for Scale and Polish in 2018-19

Childrens clinical treatments

52.3 per cent of clinical treatments for children were for Fluoride Varnish Treatment in 2018-19   Click here for more information in the interactive dashboard

Last edited: 7 March 2023 4:52 pm