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Table 2 Attitude towards the replacement of missing teeth in relation to age, gender, ethnicity, educational levels and the socio economic levels

From: Awareness, attitudes, need and demand on replacement of missing teeth among a group of partially dentate patients attending a University Dental Hospital

Do you think you need replacement when tooth/teeth are lost? No (n = 101) (%) Yes (n = 324) (%) p value 95% CI
Age category (years)
 16–20 3 3.0 11 3.4 p = 0.251 −0.001 to −0.005
 21–40 44 43.6 111 34.4   
 41–60 41 40.6 167 51.7   
 61–80 13 12.9 34 10.5   
Gender
 Male 35 34.7 118 36.4 p = 0.946 −0.089 to −0.083
 Female 66 65.3 206 63.6   
Ethnicity       0.049 to 0.102
 Sinhala 93 92.1 291 89.8 p = 0.493  
 Tamil 1 1.0 8 2.5   
 Muslim 7 6.9 25 7.7   
Education level
 Primary education 10 9.9 16 4.9 p = 0.807 −0.041 to −0.053
 Up to Grade 8 7 6.9 31 9.6   
 O/L 41 40.6 132 40.7   
 A/L 33 32.7 114 35.2   
 Tertiary education 10 9.9 31 9.6   
Monthly income
 <10,000/= Rs 18 17.8 38 11.7 p = 0.101 −0.006 to −0.068
 10,000/ = −20,000/= Rs 23 22.8 75 23.1   
 20,000/= −30,000/= Rs 31 30.7 93 28.7   
 30,000/= −40,000/= Rs 17 16.8 64 19.8   
 >40,000/= Rs 12 11.9 54 16.7