Which children’s dentists and dentists’ practices are offering a lot of dental care?
According to a new survey by the UK’s NHS dental charity, dentists, dental therapists and ortho-dental clinics are offering some of the most comprehensive services in the UK.
The survey found that while some NHS dentists have become more popular with the general public in recent years, they have also become more expensive and less accessible to poorer patients, especially for lower-income patients.
The report, which was published on Wednesday, said the NHS has lost around 1,200 staff since the NHS was established in 1948 and there is a shortfall of around 8,600 dental surgeons per head.
While NHS dentistry is more accessible to the poor, there is also a significant shortage of dental hygienists, nurses, denture surgeons, anaesthetists, dentistry assistants and anaesthetics in the NHS and this has led to some dentists being forced to raise their rates of fees.
This is the first study of its kind to assess how much dental care is being offered in the community.
It found that there were more than 1,400 dental clinics, dentures, dental hygiene services, dental assistants, dental surgery centres and orthopaedic clinics across the UK offering dental care in 2017.
Among these, NHS dental care was ranked number one in the scope of dental services offered, which includes oral, maxillofacial and maxillocut procedures.
As well as offering dental treatment, NHS denture services are also the primary form of dental insurance for many patients, including those who are already eligible for a private dental plan.
The report found that the dental health benefits from dental services are often shared by patients and providers, who are also paid for the care they provide.
The survey also found that dental services were more affordable for lower income patients, with a median payment for a child under 5 years old being £10.83 per week.
According to the NHS, this is around the same as the UK average of £10 per week for an adult, while the median payment of a child aged under 5 was £9.97 per week, according to the charity.
More than half of all children aged four to 17 years had a visit with a dentist in the last year.
At the end of the survey, 31 per cent of people aged 15 to 64 years had seen a dentist and 11 per cent had had a maxillographic procedure.
There were also higher rates of dental caries in children, with an average of 1.7 per 100,000 children aged under five years having caries.
The report also found dental care and dental hygiene services were also more accessible for those who were less well off, with the average cost of dental treatment for a person with low incomes was £12.70 per week compared to £10 for those with higher incomes.
Other findings included that the NHS had fewer dental nurses than other NHS health services and more dental hygeines than other health services.