The latest statistics regarding the number of patients seen by NHS dentists up to quarter 3 (Q3) and the NHS dental activity up to quarter 2 (Q2) in 2013-14 have been released.
The statistics can be viewed here.
The figures show that a total of 29.9 million patients (55.9% of the population) have been seen over a 24 month period ending on 31 December 2013, an increase of 1.8 million on the March 2006 baseline.
Dr Barry Cockcroft CBE, chief dental officer for NHS England, said: ‘I am very pleased to see that the number of people, both adults and children, who now have access to an NHS dentist, continues to increase year on year. This is really good news.
‘We are committed to ensuring that this progress continues. The dental activity figures published today show an increase in activity and again this is good news for NHS patients.
‘Although both the increase in access and service delivery is good news, we also need to continue to develop new contractual arrangements, which also focus on clinical outcomes.’
An estimated 9.9 million NHS courses of treatment (CoT) were undertaken in Q2 increasing by around 0.3% on the same period in 2012-2013.
Paying adults were the highest proportion of patients receiving treatment in each band apart from band three treatments, where non-paying adults received 53.2% of treatments.