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NHS Dental Statistics for England, 2021-22, Biannual Report

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NHS Dental Statistics for England, 2021-22, Biannual Report

Publication of corrected patients seen data

The NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) identified an error in the reporting of the number of dental patients seen figures affecting the period December 2020 to June 2021. During the period affected by the Covid-19 pandemic many dental practices began triaging patients to determine the required care. Patients who were only triaged do not meet the criteria for a patient having been seen however they were incorrectly included within the counts of patients seen from December 2020 to June 2021 and as a result the counts published in the 2020-2021 biannual and annual reports are approximately 0.4% higher than they should be at a national level.


The NHS BSA have corrected this reporting error and NHS Digital have republished corrected data for December 2020 to June 2021 in this 2021-2022 biannual report.


Please note that more recent population data from the ONS (2020) is now available; when the original data was published in February and August 2021, 2019 ONS population data was used. The 2020 population data has been used in this publication to compare the number of patients who were seen by a dentist to the population. The population figures in this publication therefore differ from those published in 2021.


We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

24 February 2022 09:30 AM

Change to report frequency

From the 2022-23 reporting year onwards, this NHS Dental Statistics publication series will be comprised of a single annual release; the biannual report will no longer be produced.

16 December 2022 09:00 AM

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 2021 and patients seen data for 24 month period (adults) and 12 month period (children) up to 31 December 2021. Please note that this report contains corrected patients seen data for the period between December 2020 and June 2021. For further information please see the Annex 5 data quality statement - see links below.

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 and patient numbers 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.

Adults seen by an NHS Dentist

15.8m adults were seen by an NHS Dentist in the 24-months up to 31 December 2021 which equates to 35.5% of the adult population

Children seen by an NHS dentist

5.1m children were seen by an NHS dentist in the 12 months up to 31 December 2021 which equates to 42.5% of the child population

Courses of treatment delivered

5.8m courses of treatment were delivered in quarter 2 of 2021-22. An increase of 3.05m compared to the same quarter in 2020-21, based on provisional data

Key Facts

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