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Table 8 Participants’ awareness of the need for regular dental visits

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 that a regular dental visit is needed for everybody? No (n = 37) (%) Yes (n = 386) p value 95% CI
Age category (years)
 16–20 2 5.4 12 3.1   
 21–40 11 29.7 144 37.4   
 41–60 16 43.2 191 49.6 p = 0.473 −0.003 to 0.001
61–80 8 21.6 38 9.9   
Gender
 Male 21 56.8 131 33.9 = 0.009 0.018 to 0.131
 Female 16 43.2 255 66.1   
Ethnicity
 Sinhala 37 100.0 346 89.6   
 Tamil 0 0.0 9 2.3   
 Muslim 0 0.0 31 8.0 p = 0.033 0.004 to 0.104
Education level
 Primary education 3 8.1 23 6.0   
 Up to grade 8 9 24.3 29 7.5   
 O/L 16 43.2 156 40.4 p = 0.025 0.004 to 0.066
 A/L 7 18.9 139 36.0   
 Tertiary education 2 5.4 39 10.1   
Monthly income
 <10,000/= Rs 8 21.6 48 12.4   
 10,000/= −20,000/= Rs 7 18.9 90 23.3   
 20,000/= −30,000/= Rs 13 35.1 111 28.8 p = 0.702 −0.020 to 0.029
 30,000/= −40,000/= Rs 4 10.8 77 19.9   
 >40,000/= Rs       
  1. Females were more aware of the need for regular dental visits by all individuals and the results were statistically significant
  2. Participants of Sinhala nationality and with higher levels of education were more aware of the fact and the results were statistically significant