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NHS Dental Statistics for England - 2020-21 Annual Report

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NHS Dental Statistics for England - 2020-21 Annual Report


This annual report brings together information on NHS dental activity in England for the 12-month period to 31 March 2021 (including clinical treatments and dental workforce) and information on the number of patients seen by an NHS dentist up to 30 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 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. Further information can be found in our 2019/20 Annual publication supplementary report and the Annex 5 data quality statement - see links below.

Key Facts

Adults Seen by an NHS Dentist

18.2m adults were seen by an NHS Dentist in the 24-months up to 30 June 2021

Children Seen by an NHS Dentist

3.9m children were seen by an NHS dentist in the 12 months up to 30 June 2021

Courses of Treatment Delivered

12.0m courses of treatment were delivered in 2020-21. A decrease of 68.77 per cent compared to the previous year.


23,733 dentists performed NHS activity during 2020-21, a decrease of 951 on the previous year

Adult Clinical Treatments

18.7 per cent of adult clinical treatments were for Scale and Polish in 2020-21

Children Clinical Treatments

46.2 per cent of clinical treatments for children were for Fluoride Varnish Treatment in 2020-21

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