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Government releases dental statistics

Posted by Joanne Mellor

The Department of Health has revealed statistics for the dental industry relating to the third quarter of the year.

Data released by the government showed 60 per cent of people have tried to get an NHS dental appointment in the last two years.

It was confirmed that the success rate for those attempting to see an NHS dentist was 94 per cent between July and September.

Success in getting an NHS dental appointment was shown to be lower for “those going to a practice they had not been to before, younger adults and for ethnic minorities”.

The research also found 83 per cent of the respondents who tried to get an appointment in the last two years would rate their NHS dental experience as positive. with 47 per cent describing it as very good and 36 per cent as fairly good.

A recent report from the British Dental Association found many dentists in the UK are currently concerned their ability to provide acceptable standards of care to patients is being compromised.

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