Number of dental practitioners in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019

In 2019, approximately 36 thousand dental practitioners were in employment in the United Kingdom (UK). In recent years the number of dental practitioners has generally decreased in the UK, as in 2017 there were roughly 47 thousand dentists in employment. In the UK, dental practitioners provide general primary care dental services to patients and can either work completely inside the National Health Service (NHS), exclusively privately or a combination of the two.

How often is too often?

In a survey of British individuals in 2018, it was found that 41 percent of respondents visit the dentist at least twice a year. The often-quoted advice is to have a dental check every six months, but the recommended time needed between consultations depends on the oral health of the individual. This means the time between check-ups can range from three months to even two years between consultations.

Do people dread going to the dentist?

A large number of respondents in a 2018 survey rated their experience of NHS dental services as positive. Almost 52 percent evaluated the services as very good, while a further 33 percent valued their experience as fairly good. Additionally, since 2006 there has a been a general increase in public satisfaction of dental services in the UK, consequently dentistry services scored a higher satisfaction score compared to the NHS overall in 2018.

Annual number of dental practitioners in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand.

Annual population survey data relating to employees and self-employed health professionals by occupation group (based on Standard Occupation Classification 2010, code 2215).

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