Table 1 Comparison of the 50-year-old respondents’ dental visiting patterns, dental health (numbers of teeth), cost of dental care during the last year, satisfaction with care received, gender, education and marital status by treatment sector used (the PDS or private) at the latest dental visit in 1992 (or before)

From: Visitors’ experiences of public and private dental care in Sweden in 1992–2012

  PDS Private Total p-Value
n 1612 4471 6083  
Frequency of visits during the last 5-year period, n (%)     <0.001
 Every 2nd year or more seldom 274 (17.0) 208 (4.7) 482 (7.9)  
 Once a year 1039 (64.5) 2961 (66.2) 4000 (65.8)  
 Twice a year or more often 296 (18.4) 1297 (29.0) 1593 (26.2)  
 Missing 3 (0.2) 5 (0.1) 8 (0.1)  
Number of teeth, n (%)     <0.001
 Edentulous or very few teeth left 76 (4.7) 70 (1.6) 146 (2.4)  
 Missing rather a lot of teeth 377 (23.4) 693 (15.5) 1070 (17.6)  
 Missing a single tooth 855 (53.0) 2518 (56.3) 3373 (55.4)  
 All teeth left 276 (17.1) 1081 (24.2) 1357 (22.3)  
 Missing 28 (1.7) 109 (2.4) 137 (2.3)  
Cost of care paid by the patient during the last year, n (%)     <0.001
 Nothing 115 (7.1) 138 (3.1) 253 (4.2)  
 Less than 300 SEK (£25.1) 400 (24.8) 1195 (26.7) 1595 (26.2)  
 301–1000 SEK (£25.2–83.8) 727 (45.1) 2097 (46.9) 2824 (46.4)  
 More than 1000 SEK (£83.8) 295 (18.3) 946 (21.2) 1241 (20.4)  
 Missing 75 (4.7) 95 (2.1) 170 (2.8)  
Satisfaction with care received, n (%)     <0.001
 Fairly or very dissatisfied 111 (6.9) 202 (4.5) 313 (5.1)  
 Generally satisfied 792 (49.1) 1845 (41.3) 2637 (43.4)  
 Very satisfied 681 (42.2) 2366 (52.9) 3047 (50.1)  
 Missing 28 (1.7) 58 (1.3) 86 (1.4)  
Gender = male, n (%) 815 (50.6) 2197 (49.1) 3012 (49.5) 0.338
Level of education, n (%)     <0.001
 No university degree 1288 (79.9) 3487 (78.0) 4775 (78.5)  
 University degree 300 (18.6) 959 (21.4) 1259 (20.7)  
 Missing 24 (1.5) 25 (0.6) 49 (0.8)  
Marital status, n (%)     0.098
 Single 310 (19.2) 797 (17.8) 1107 (18.2)  
 Married/cohabiting 1297 (80.5) 3669 (82.1) 4966 (81.6)  
 Missing 5 (0.3) 5 (0.1) 10 (0.2)  
Country of birth, n (%)     <0.001
 Sweden 1455 (90.3) 4248 (95.0) 5703 (93.8)  
 Other Nordic country 72 (4.5) 102 (2.3) 174 (2.9)  
 Other country 85 (5.3) 120 (2.7) 205 (3.4)  
 Missing 0 (0.0) 1 (0.0) 1 (0.0)  
  1. N PDS = 1612 persons and N private sector visitors = 4471 persons. N-values fluctuate because all respondents did not answer all the questions