ADG launches campaign as Covid-19 takes its toll on the nation’s oral health

New analysis will show which areas of the UK have been hardest hit

The Association of Dental Groups is today launching a national campaign calling on ministers to take urgent action to deal with the growing crisis in access to dentistry.

Ten weeks after dental practices started to re-open, the ADG is exploring the impact that lockdown has had on the national’s oral health. The centrepiece of the campaign will be new analysis showing how different parts of the country have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

The analysis will be shared with MPs and policy makers to ensure they are aware of how Covid-19 has further exacerbated existing problems with access to dentistry in constituencies across the UK.

It will include several recommendations for ministers to take forward to deal with the crisis in access to dentistry, with the focus on securing an increase in recruitment and retention of dentists.

The new campaign has been launched with a comment article here by Neil Carmichael, chair of the ADG.

Neil Carmichael says

“Few dentists are looking forward to seeing the full impact that lockdown has had on the nation’s teeth. But while dentists are already sounding alarm about where lockdown has left us, this is just the latest part of a bigger crisis we are seeing in UK dentistry.

“The reality is that Covid has made the situation worse and we will shortly be bringing forward new analysis that sets out just how bad it has become. At this stage, all of the signs point to a worrying picture with lockdown having led to less patients being seen and some of the most vulnerable groups being hit hardest.”

“Our goals are attracting and training people here in the UK to become dentists and reforming the registration process for overseas dentists to work for NHS dentistry which has been exacerbated by lockdown and Brexit.”