Official Statistics

The impact of COVID-19 on access to dental care

A report from the findings of the 2021 Adult Oral Health Survey on the impact of COVID-19 on access to dental care in England.

Applies to England



This survey was designed as a continuation of the long-running adult dental health surveys, carried out in the United Kingdom since 1968. The current release only applies to England.

Further reports from this survey release will include data on the:

  • self-reported state of respondent’s teeth and mouth
  • impacts of oral health
  • usual patterns of dental attendance

Future surveys will include a dental examination of respondents.

The survey was carried out in February and March 2021 with a representative sample of adults aged 16 and over.

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Published 21 December 2022