Table 2 Comparison of the 70-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 2012 (or before)

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

  PDS Private Total p-Value
n 1482 3738 5220  
Frequency of visits during the last 5-year period, n (%)     <0.001
 Every 2nd year or more seldom 370 (25.0) 218 (5.8) 588 (11.3)  
 Once a year 746 (50.3) 2432 (65.1) 3178 (60.9)  
 Twice a year or more often 352 (23.8) 1072 (28.7) 1424 (27.3)  
 Missing 14 (0.9) 16 (0.4) 30 (0.6)  
Number of teeth, n (%)     <0.001
 Edentulous or very few teeth left 89 (6.0) 106 (2.8) 195 (3.7)  
 Missing rather a lot of teeth 392 (26.5) 730 (19.5) 1122 (21.5)  
 Missing a single tooth 817 (55.1) 2284 (61.1) 3101 (59.4)  
 All teeth left 141 (9.5) 530 (14.2) 671 (12.9)  
 Missing 43 (2.9) 88 (2.4) 131 (2.5)  
Cost of care paid by the patient during the last year, n (%)     <0.001
 Nothing 164 (11.1) 143 (3.8) 307 (5.9)  
 1–2000 SEK (£1–167.6) 745 (50.3) 2163 (57.9) 2908 (55.7)  
 2001–8000 SEK (£167.7–670.5) 400 (27.0) 1065 (28.5) 1465 (28.1)  
 More than 8000 SEK (£670.5) 79 (5.3) 227 (6.1) 306 (5.9)  
 Missing 94 (6.3) 140 (3.7) 234 (4.5)  
Satisfaction with care received, n (%)     <0.001
 Fairly or very dissatisfied 121 (8.2) 136 (3.6) 257 (4.9)  
 Generally satisfied 864 (58.3) 1637 (43.8) 2501 (47.9)  
 Very satisfied 485 (32.7) 1949 (52.1) 2434 (46.6)  
 Missing 12 (0.8) 16 (0.4) 28 (0.5)  
Gender = male, n (%) 748 (50.5) 1828 (48.9) 2576 (49.3) 0.311
Level of education, n (%)     <0.001
 No university degree 1143 (77.1) 2687 (71.9) 3830 (73.4)  
 University degree 330 (22.3) 1031 (27.6) 1361 (26.1)  
 Missing 9 (0.6) 20 (0.5) 29 (0.6)  
Marital status, n (%)     <0.05
 Single 379 (25.6) 830 (22.2) 1209 (23.2)  
 Married/cohabiting 1049 (70.8) 2791 (74.7) 3840 (73.6)  
 Missing 54 (3.6) 117 (3.1) 171 (3.3)  
Country of birth, n (%)     <0.05
 Sweden 1370 (92.4) 3548 (94.9) 4918 (94.2)  
 Other Nordic country 46 (3.1) 86 (2.3) 132 (2.5)  
 Other country 62 (4.2) 97 (2.6) 159 (3.0)  
 Missing 4 (0.3) 7 (0.2) 11 (0.2)  
  1. N PDS = 1482 persons and N private sector visitors = 3738 persons. N-values fluctuate because all respondents did not answer all the questions