In the 24 months leading up to 30 September 2007:
- a total of 27.6 million patients were seen by an NHS dentist, which is equivalent to 54.4 per cent of the total population of England. This is a fall of 0.5 million compared with the 24 months leading up to the end of the old dental contract on 31 March 2006, where 28.1 million patients were seen by an NHS dentist, equivalent to 55.8 per cent of the population at that time.
- 19.9 million adults aged 18 and over were seen by an NHS dentist, equivalent to 50.0 per cent of all adults in England. However, the percentage of all adults seen varies amongst Strategic Health Authority (SHA) areas, with figures ranging from 39.6 per cent in South Central SHA to 59.0 per cent in North East SHA
- 7.7 million children under the age of 18 were seen by an NHS dentist, equivalent to 70.3 per cent of all children in England. As with adults, the percentage of all children seen varies amongst SHA areas, with figures ranging from 65.3 per cent in London SHA to 73.7 per cent in North East SHA.
In the second quarter of 2007/08:
- a total of 8.8 million Courses of Treatment (CoTs) were carried out. This figure is provisional and may be revised to include Courses that are reported late.
54 per cent of CoTs were Band 1 Courses which cover a check up and simple treatment (such as examination, diagnosis (e.g. x-rays), advice on preventative measures, and a scale and polish); 30 per cent were Band 2 Courses which include further mid range treatments (such as fillings, extractions, and root canal work) in addition to Band 1 work; and 5 per cent were Band 3 Courses which include further complex treatments (such as crowns, dentures, and bridges) in addition to Band 1 and Band 2 work. The remaining 11 per cent of CoTs were urgent and non-chargeable CoTs.
- a total of 18.5 million Units of Dental Activity (UDA) were carried out across all Courses of Treatment. This figure is provisional and may be revised to include Courses that are reported late.
26 per cent of UDAs were carried out in Band 1 Courses; 43 per cent were in Band 2 Courses; and 26 per cent were in Band 3 Courses. The remaining UDAs were carried out in urgent and non-chargeable Courses of Treatment. UDAs reflect the complexity of the treatment.
Note that the CoT and UDA data for Quarter 2 of 2007/08 are provisional and may be subsequently revised throughout the year to account for Courses of Treatment reported late.