Pop-up Dentistry 2008
This unique happening was a once off to demonstrate the quality of the Hungarian dentists and the tremendous savings available. Hundreds of UK patients had assessments in Lincoln, Glasgow, London, Liverpool, Stockport, Manchester, and Newcastle.
In the two years to 31 December 2017, 22.1 million adults were seen by an NHS dentist in England (50.9% of the population) compared to 19.7 million in 2008 (49% of the population).
NHS dentistry 2018
The headline figures mask a huge variation of provision with some London boroughs and parts of Southern England seeing fewer than 40% of adults visiting an NHS dentist. The local authority with the highest percentage of adults seeing a dentist is South Tyneside at over 80%.
Whether this means that adults in South Tyneside look after their teeth twice as well as adults in Surrey or for some other reason, we will not speculate.
|Kingston upon Hull, City of||69.3|
|Cheshire West and Chester||63.0|
If you have to pay for your treatment you are 3 times less likely to undergo a more complex procedure (band 3) with an NHS dentist than someone who does not have to pay for their treatment. How much is spent by UK adults on private dental treatment is not entirely clear but we’ve seen estimates over £2 billion per annum.
Growth of dental tourism to Hungary
It is hard to say of course, but there is no question that there are around twice the number of people flying from the UK to Budapest compared to 10 years ago.
Since dental tourism is a huge draw for visitors, its certainly reasonable to speculate that more and more people who are not eligible for NHS dental treatment or who need treatment which is not available on the NHS anyway, are choosing to take advantage of the much wider choice of airlines to visit Hungary and get their teeth done at the same time.
Almost half of all UK passengers flying to Budapest now fly from two airports: Luton and Stansted.