Survey Says NHS Dentistry Achieves High Marks on Public Satisfaction

Public Satisfaction RatingsThe National Centre for Social Research’s British Social Attitudes survey revealed public satisfaction for National Health Service (NHS) dentistry reached its highest mark since the early 1990s, up by seven percentage points to 61 percent.

Whether you’re looking for a dentist in Croydon, Sutton and other areas within Greater London, the odds of finding a good dental professional remain high, based on the survey’s findings. Despite a seemingly inadequate source of government funding, the survey showed that the public continues to be happy with the NHS.

Industry Pride

The British Dental Association (BDA) used the poll to encourage dentists to improve their practice amid the challenges relating to government assistance. BDA Chairman Mick Armstrong said that the public’s confidence in NHS dentists had reached a 20-year high record.

That took place amid the government’s lack of support and issues surrounding the target-driven 2006 contract, Armstrong said. The contract has prevented many people from gaining access to dental health care, as only 74 percent of British parents know that they do not need pay for routine check-ups of children below 18 years old.

Still, while public satisfaction for NHS dentistry has become high, a separate poll claimed that most adult Britons still fear to go to the dentist.

Dental Fear

A patient’s discovery of a previously unknown dental problem emerged as the top reason why people avoid paying a visit to their dentist. Fletchers Solicitors surveyed 2,000 adults about their reasons, with 79 percent admitting that they fear the dental chair.

Other reasons included the use of mechanical equipment such as drilling devices and injections, previously bad experience, and the idea of pain related to the procedure.


Dental health should be a priority for children and adults. As more people have become satisfied with the NHS, would you still choose to avoid a dental visit?