Londoners and people residing in the commuter belt are the least likely to have seen an NHS dentist in the past two years, new figures have revealed.

Nine of the ten areas with the fewest number of adults to have seen an NHS dentist in the two years to June 2022 have been in the capital, in accordance to NHS dental statistics.

Data analysis performed by the Liberal Democrats discovered that simply 14 per cent of grownup residents in the City of London had seen an NHS dentist in the course of the time interval – a decrease proportion than wherever else in the country and down from 38 per cent 4 years in the past.

In Tower Hamlets, simply over a fifth (21.9 per cent) of residents had seen a dentist whereas practically 1 / 4 (24.9 per cent) had efficiently attended an appointment in Richmond Upon Thames.

Meanwhile, under a 3rd of children residing in the boroughs of Islington (32.3 per cent) and Kensington and Chelsea (29.6 per cent) had seen an NHS dentist in the past two years – a fall of practically 20 per cent since 2018 in the latter.

Children ought to see an NHS dentist at least as soon as a year, in accordance to steering from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The figures additionally replicate the influence of the Covid pandemic on dentistry, with practices instructed to shut and stop all routine dental care from March 25 to June 8, 2020 – main to a backlog in appointments.

Simultaneously, the number of dentists offering NHS treatment has fallen to its lowest degree in a decade. Figures obtained by the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) discovered that the number of dentists offering NHS treatment fell from 23,733 at the top of 2020 to 21,544 at the top of January 2022.

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