More dental care in Nottinghamshire last year

However, the British Dental Association said the latest figures – which show treatments remain below pre-pandemic levels across England despite an increase in activity – show NHS dentistry is ‘on its last legs and needs an urgent change.

In the year ending March, a total of 527,743 treatment courses were provided to adults and children in the former NHS Nottinghamshire clinical commissioning group area, according to the NHS Digital show figures.

This was more than double the 222,111 treatments administered in 2020-2021.

Across England, dentists carried out 26.4 million treatments in 2021-22.

Different figures show that in the two years to June, 315,223 adults visited their local NHS dentist in Nottinghamshire – 38% of the population over 18, compared to 43% in the 24 months to June 2021.

Some 48% of children, 103,655, were seen by NHS dentists between July 2021 and June this year, up from 33% in the same period the year before.

Across England, dentists carried out 26.4million treatments in 2021-22, although the BDA said this was only two-thirds of the average volumes delivered each year in the five years before the pandemic – 39.4 million.

BDA Chairman Eddie Crouch said: “What we are seeing is not a recovery, but a serve on its last legs.

“The government will fool itself and millions of patients if it tries to hide these numbers.

“NHS dentistry is light years away from where it needs to be. Unless ministers step in and deliver much-needed reform and decent funding, this will remain the new normal.

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The BDA said that although the two Conservative leadership candidates, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, had promised urgent reform of NHS dentistry, there was no indication that the Treasury would be mandated to provide the necessary funds for the reconstruction and service reform.

The latest data comes after an analysis by the BDA and BBC earlier this month found that in England 91% of NHS practices were not accepting new adult patients – 4,933 out of 5,416 – rising to 97 per cent in the East Midlands and 98 per cent in the South West, North West and Yorkshire and Humber.

According to figures from NHS Digital, 518 NHS dentists worked in the former NHS Nottinghamshire CCG area in the year to March, meaning each had the equivalent of 2,031 patients on their list.

An NHS spokesperson said: “The latest data shows dental services are recovering from the pandemic, with more than 26 million patient treatments delivered last year – a 120% increase on the year previous year, plus 1.7 million more children seen by an NHS dentist.

“To further support the ongoing restoration of NHS dentistry, we recently announced the first significant changes to dentistry since 2006, helping practices improve access for the patients who need dental care the most.”

In July, Clinical Commissioning Groups were abolished and replaced by Integrated Care Councils across England.