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Expenditure on dental services in the United Kingdom 2005-2019

In 2019, consumer spending on dental services was at approximately 3.2 billion British pounds, an increase on the previous year. Since 2005, the household spending on dental services has almost tripled.

Dental staff in the UK

The number of dentists employed in the UK has increased alongside the rise in spending on dental services. Going from under 29.5 thousand dentists in 2007, to over 34.7 thousand in 2017. While the number of medical and dental technicians has fluctuated since 2010, amounting to 42 thousand employed technicians in 2017.

Interaction with dental services

In Great Britain, almost three-quarters claim they visit a dentist at least once a year, while ten percent never see a dentist. The British public in general have a positive view of dental services in their country. In a 2018 survey, 33 percent in England rated their experience of NHS dental services as fairly good, while a further 52 percent rated the service as very good.

Household spending on dental services in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2005 to 2019 (in million GBP)*

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Household final consumption expenditure. Figures based on current prices and are seasonally adjusted.
The base year for these estimates is 2012.

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