The British Dental Association has called for a more flexible way of monitoring NHS dentistry that emphasises factors such as preventive care, improved oral health, access, quality and patient experience.

Giving evidence to the Commons health select committee's inquiry into NHS dental and orthodontic services, BDA executive board chair Susie Sanderson warned that it would be difficult to improve access to NHS care unless units of dental activity were scrapped as the sole measure of dentists' work.

"The unit of dental activity is a crazy unit of measurement. If we continue to use UDAs as the sole measure of activity, then we have no chance whatsoever of making sure dental provision is improved, particularly for the disadvantaged cohorts of the population."

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