Share of adults who saw a dentist in England 2019, by region

As of the June 30th 2019 almost 56 percent of adults in the North West of England had seen a dentist in the previous two years. This was above the 50.2 percent average across the whole of England, and far above the 44 percent rate in London which was the region with the lowest rate of dentist visits.

Higher share of children visiting the dentist

In comparison to adults, children are more likely to have seen a dentist over the same period. The average across the whole of England is 59 percent, while the North East and Yorkshire had the highest share at over 64 percent. As is the case for adults, the London region has the lowest share of children who had seen a dentist in the previous twelve months.

Make-up of the dental workforce

There were over 24.5 thousand dentists active within the NHS in England in the period 2018/19. Since 2008/09 the number of dentists has steadily climbed from around 21.3 thousand, meaning there has been a fifteen percent increase in the number of dentists in England in this ten-year period. In 2018/19, the number of female dentists outnumbered the number of male dentists for the first time after steadily increasing annually.

Share of adults who were seen by a dentist* in England in 2019, by region**

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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

June 30, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Seen in the previous 24 months for adult patients.
** NHS commissioning region.

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