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NHS Dental Statistics for England 2019-20, Biannual Report

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.

Due to the scale of this issue we will not be publishing corrected versions of this data. This issue will be rectified for data in the 2022/23 Annual publication.

8 March 2023 00:00 AM


This biannual report contains dental activity for England covering April to September 2019 and patients seen data for 24 month period (adults) and 12 month period (children) up to 31 December 2019.

This report includes, for the first time, adult patients seen figures broken down for 18-64, 65-74, 75-84 and 85+ age groups, alongside the single year age groups for children.

Following the NHS Dental Statistics Review 2019, NHS Dental Statistics publication have been changed from quarterly to twice a year.

The next release is in August 2020. It will reflect significant changes to NHS England's hierarchical structure, which are taking place in April 2020. 14 NHS England (Region, Local Offices), are being replaced by 42 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) as the Higher-Level Health Authority. There are currently 191 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), 74 of these are merging into 18 new CCGs which will leave a total of 135. For more information please see link below to Change summary - 2020 STP, CCG and Commissioning Hub reconfiguration.

Adults seen by an NHS dentist

21.8m adults were seen by an NHS Dentist in the 24-months up to 31 December 2019 which equates to 49.6% of the adult population

Children seen by an NHS dentist

7.0m children were seen by an NHS dentist in the 12 months up to 31 December 2019 which equates to 58.4% of the child population

Courses of treatment delivered

9.8m courses of treatment were delivered in quarter 2 of 2019-20. An increase of 79,984 compared to the same quarter in 2018-19, based on provisional data

Interactive data visualisation

You can access the interactive data report here

Last edited: 10 March 2023 4:29 pm