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NHS Dental Statistics for England - 2019-20 Annual Report

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, Country, Dental practices, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2019 to 30 Jun 2020


This annual report brings together information on NHS dental activity in England for the 12-month period to 31 March 2020 (including clinical treatments and dental workforce) and information on the number of patients seen by an NHS dentist up to 30 June 2020.

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 25th March 2020. The data reported in the publication including activity, patient numbers, finances and treatments, will be lower than expected during the time period of restrictions. The supplementary report for this publication estimates the impact on the number of patients seen and more information can be found in Annex 5 data quality statement.

Key Facts

Image for infographic Adults seen by an NHS dentist
Adults seen by an NHS dentist

21.0m adults were seen by an NHS Dentist in the 24-months up to 30 June 2020

Image for infographic Children seen by an NHS dentist
Children seen by an NHS dentist

6.3m children were seen by an NHS dentist in the 12 months up to 30 June 2020

Image for infographic Courses of treatment delivered
Courses of treatment delivered

38.4m courses of treatment were delivered in 2019-20. A decrease of 3.36 per cent compared to the previous year. 

Image for infographic Dentists

24,684 dentists performed NHS activity during 2019-20, an increase of 139 on the previous year

Image for infographic Adult clinical treatments
Adult clinical treatments

44.5 per cent of adult clinical treatments were for Scale and Polish in 2019-20

Image for infographic Childrens clinical treatments
Childrens clinical treatments

55.0 per cent of clinical treatments for children were for Fluoride Varnish Treatment in 2019-20

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