Table 1

Distribution of adults (N = 1150) according to individual characteristics, social structure and social context
Variable N§ % Variable N§ %
Gender Satisfaction with access to services *
Female 753 65.5 Yes 442 39.1
Male 397 34.5 No 687 60.9
Age Services used most *
35-39 years 576 50.1 Others 783 70.2
40-44 years 574 49.9 Public 332 29.8
Marital status* Problem obtaining appointment
Married/Stable union 776 67.9 No 612 66.4
Others 367 32.1 Yes 309 33.6
Has negative feelings * Household income*
No 842 77.2 > R$1,020 (> US$600) 558 48.5
Yes 249 22.8 ≤ R$1,020 (≤ US$600) 592 51.5
Considers self happy * Schooling*
Yes 843 74.7 University 95 8.3
No 286 25.3 Non-university 1,050 91.7
Capable of coping with stress* Participation in groups
Yes 1,011 90.2 Yes 276 24.0
No 110 9.8 No 874 76.0
Food preference * Has persons willing to assist financially *
Salty 822 81.3 Yes 692 60.6
Sweet 189 18.7 No 450 39.4
Use of dental floss * Has security at home *
Yes 796 72.8 Yes 391 34.6
No 297 27.2 No 738 65.4
Use of tooth paste * Community has petitioned authorities for benefits *
Yes 933 96.6 Yes 494 45.0
No 33 3.4 No 603 55.0
Regular visits to dentist * Capable of making decisions (empowerment)
Yes 399 35.9 Yes 845 74.5
No 712 64.1 No 289 25.5

*presence of missing data, adjusted percentage.

§N = number of adults examined.

Costa et al.

Costa et al. BMC Oral Health 2012 12:25   doi:10.1186/1472-6831-12-25

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