Table 1

Background information on the respondents, the middle-aged adults living in the capital region in Finland, and their use of dental services (n = 704)
Respondents Male Female Total
n % n % n %
Age
 47 years 50 18.2 92 21.4 142 20.2
 50 years 72 26.3 114 26.5 186 26.4
 53 years 75 27.4 123 28.6 198 28.1
 59 years 77 28.1 101 23.5 178 25.3
 All 274 100 430 100 704 100
Educational level
 High 88 32.1 94 21.9 182 25.9
 Middle 92 33.6 197 45.8 289 41.1
 Low 94 34.3 139 32.3 233 33.1
Time since the latest visit to a dentist
 1 year or less 196 71.5 333 77.4 529 75.1
 2 years at most 34 12.4 68 15.8 102 14.5
 5 years at most 29 10.6 22 5.1 51 7.2
 More than 5 years/ or does not remember 14 5.1 4 0.9 18 2.6
Treatment sector used
 Private practice 181 66.1 290 67.4 471 66.9
 Public Dental Service 56 20.4 82 19.1 138 19.6
 Used both sectors 11 4.0 54 12.6 65 9.2
Mean costs of dental care in 2006 (or 2005) € 262.2 € 259.7 € 258.0
Work situation
 Active in working life 224 81.8 361 84.0 585 83.1
 Not working 50 18.2 69 16.0 119 16.9
In need of dental care (own opinion)
 Yes 132 48.2 204 47.4 336 47.7
 No 117 42.7 198 46.0 315 44.7
 Does not know 25 9.1 24 5.6 49 7.0

Widström and Seppälä

Widström and Seppälä BMC Oral Health 2012 12:35   doi:10.1186/1472-6831-12-35

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