The COVID crisis has hit dentistry hard. The British Dental Association (BDA) estimate that tens of millions of dental appointments have been cancelled or lost due to the virus. Reduced capacity in dental practices has created a huge backlog of patients that will take some time to work through.
This could have potentially serious consequences on oral health for generations to come. But the impact on those struggling to access dental care before the pandemic could be catastrophic.
While overall oral health has improved in the UK, across many population groups we are struggling to make the same impact on oral health inequalities. One such example is people experiencing homelessness.