More than nine in 10 dentists say lockdown worsened UK’s oral health

by Fitcoachion | Last Updated: July 29, 2020

The significant majority of dental professionals (96%) believe lockdown has negatively impacted the UK’s oral health. 

As a result, they are calling for greater access to affordable dental care.

This is according to a survey carried out by Mydentist on clinicians across more than 600 dental practices.

Other findings include:

Long journey ahead

Before the pandemic, more than half of all dental practices in the UK did not accommodate new NHS patients.

And an additional 75% reported troubles in recruiting enough dentists to meet public demand.

Nyree Whitley is group clinical director at Mydentist. She says: ‘Temporarily suspending routine dentistry during the pandemic was absolutely the right thing to do. This helped to protect patients and colleagues and to help stop the spread of the virus.

‘But it came at a cost and it will be felt by both the profession and patients for several years to come.

‘As our research shows, we’ve got a long journey ahead of us – particularly since access to affordable dentistry was limited before the pandemic.

‘We’ve worked hard to reopen as quickly and as safely as possible to help get the nation’s dental health back on track. But we need an urgent review of access to dentistry to ensure no patient misses out.’

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