Dentistry Census – full white paper available now

Dentistry CensusFollowing the release of the initial findings from the first ever Dentistry Census, the full white paper is now available.

From August to September 2021, we carried out the first ever Dentistry Census – the most comprehensive survey the UK dental profession has seen.

Dentistry, in collaboration with DD, undertook the extensive survey to explore the current state of the profession and the future implications for dentistry.

From attitudes towards NHS dentistry to salaries and practice profits, the aim of the census was to leave no stone unturned.

At Dentistry, we pride ourselves on having the finger on the pulse of the profession. Our mission is to inform and share information, current trends and challenges so practitioners and their teams remain equipped with the necessary knowledge.

What did we find?

Here, we offer a first – a snapshot of UK dentistry in a Covid-19 world. Key findings include:

  • 73% of dentists anticipate doing less NHS dentistry in the coming two years, while 84% anticipate undertaking more private dentistry work in the next 12 months
  • 68% of all respondents feel their relationships (inside and outside work) have suffered as a result of work-related stress
  • Restorative dentistry, minimally invasive dentistry and tooth whitening are the key areas of clinical interest for dentists 
  • Dentists reported that treatment uptake of orthodontics (aesthetic) went up by 66% due to Covid-19.
  • 77% of dentists feel they are practising defensive dentistry.

‘We are really pleased to be able to release the full white paper of our first ever Dentistry Census,’ says Seb Evans, Dentistry editor.

‘From treatment levels and NHS dentistry to salaries and mental health, we have covered as much ground as possible to give a snapshot of the current dental landscape.

‘This is now available for all members of the dental team to view for free below.

‘We would like to thank all of the dental professionals who gave up their time to get involved. Our gratitude also goes to DD for its support.’

Trends and topics

FMC surveyed more than 800 dental professionals using Surveymonkey from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Asking questions on a range of topics, the focuses include:

  • Clinical life
  • Running a practice (if applicable)
  • Working in your practice
  • NHS commitments
  • Private dentistry offering
  • The cost of Covid
  • Mental health
  • The future of dentistry.

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