Annual NHS dental statistics published

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31 August 2017

Regional data are available within this report

Figures have been released today by NHS Digital1 about all patients who received NHS dental care in England during the last financial year.

NHS Dental Statistics for England 2016/17 provides analysis on the number and type of dentists, dental treatments carried out, the number of patients seen, and other topics of interest2.

The report includes breakdowns into subject areas such as:

  • courses of treatment, by elements including area and patient type
  • statistics on patients seen, by adult and child patients, and various geographies
  • NHS dentists, by a range of demographic characteristics, including gender, age, and geography to CCG level

Data are presented for child patients seen during the 12 months up to June 30 2017, and for adult patients seen in the 24 months prior to that date.

The information in this report is used by the Department of Health to inform government policy on NHS dentistry, by local NHS managers to help plan and deliver local dental services, and for public information.

Read the full report at:


Notes to editors

  1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2016/17 financial year, NHS Digital published 292 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. Find out more about our role and remit

  2. This report covers work carried out by 'high street dentists', who account for the majority of dental activity, and work undertaken by dentists under vocational training. The publication does not cover dental services provided privately or activity undertaken in hospitals.

  3. For media enquiries please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888.