The National Oral Health Survey is conducted biennially and the adult dental health survey has not been repeated since the 2010 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
On 1st July 2011 there were 7,010 patients on the NHS Dentistry waiting list from the Selby and York area. Of these people, 43% had been waiting for over 7 months and NHS North Yorkshire and York is commissioning services to address this identified gap.
At March 2011 more than half of the North Yorkshire and York population had seen an NHS dentist in the previous 24 month period. This was lower than the national average of 55.8% in England. Amongst adults alone, 49% saw an NHS dentist (52.3% in England) and for children 68.1% (70.6% in England).