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Poll finds patients more satisfied with dentists

Posted by Allie Wright

New research by the King’s Fund has found patients are increasingly satisfied with the dental care they are provided.

According to the results of a new study by the organisation, satisfaction with dentistry rose in 2011 for the third successive year, with the 2012 results showing a five percentage point rise on the statistics from last year.

Dissatisfaction was down as well and was shown to have dropped from 37 per cent in 2006 to 21 per cent in 2011, with better access to NHS dentistry cited as a possible explanation.

Dental marketing campaigns may include the figures to show the benefits of dental care.

It was also noted in the report that the implementation of recommendations from the Steele report may have boosted dental care in the last couple of years.

Professor Jimmy Steele’s review of the dentistry industry was published in June 2009 and aimed to find ways the government and local NHS bodies can work together with dentists to increase access to dental care.

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