Root causes: Quality and inequality in dental health

This latest report from QualityWatch looks at publicly available data on dental health quality. While overall outcomes have improved over several decades, there remain significant regional and socioeconomic differences, with people from the North of England, or from more deprived backgrounds, generally experiencing worse dental health.


Published: 02/11/2017

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Analysing data from a range of sources, this briefing looks at how dental health has changed over the past decades. While overall health has steadily improved, we find persistent differences in outcomes between regions and socioeconomic groups. The report argues for a greater focus on wider determinants of health and for dentists to deliver more preventative care.

New report reveals stark difference in dental health between north and south of England 02/11/2017

Press release QualityWatch

There is a divide in good dental health between northern and southern England as well as rich and poor, according to a new report published by the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation.

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Dental health infographic 21/10/2018

Page QualityWatch

A visual guide to some key findings from the dental health briefing.

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Dental health key statistics: regional variation 21/10/2018

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Here we show some key charts for illustrating regional variation in dental health outcomes.

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Appleby, J., Merry, L. and Reed, R. (2017) Root Causes: quality and inequality in dental health. Briefing, QualityWatch