Table 3 Changes in visiting patterns, numbers of teeth and satisfaction with care received during the 20 years from 1992 to 2012 by treatment sector

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

  Mixed PDS Private Total p-Value
n 861 649 2478 3988  
Change in visiting pattern from 1992 to 2012, n (%)      <0.001
 Lower frequency in 2012 214 (24.9) 168 (25.9) 435 (17.6) 817 (20.5)  
 Same frequency 467 (54.2) 331 (51.0) 1605 (64.8) 2403 (60.3)  
 Higher frequency 174 (20.2) 142 (21.9) 432 (17.4) 748 (18.8)  
 Missing 6 (0.7) 8 (1.2) 6 (0.2) 20 (0.5)  
Changes in number of teeth from 1992 to 2012, n (%)      0.098
 Fewer teeth in 2012 259 (30.1) 158 (24.3) 646 (26.1) 1063 (26.7)  
 Same number of teeth 507 (58.9) 418 (64.4) 1539 (62.1) 2464 (61.8)  
 More teeth in 2012 53 (6.2) 49 (7.6) 190 (7.7) 292 (7.3)  
 Missing 42 (4.9) 24 (3.7) 103 (4.2) 169 (4.2)  
Change in satisfaction from 1992 to 2012, n (%)      <0.05
 Less satisfied in 2012 206 (23.9) 164 (25.3) 513 (20.7) 883 (22.1)  
 Satisfied at the same level 479 (55.6) 378 (58.2) 1480 (59.7) 2337 (58.6)  
 More satisfied in 2012 153 (17.8) 98 (15.1) 449 (18.1) 700 (17.6)  
 Missing 23 (2.7) 9 (1.4) 36 (1.5) 68 (1.7)  
  1. Respondents who changed treatment sector during the study period are included in the mixed group. The PDS and private groups include those who visited only one sector but may have missed answering some year between 1992 and 2012. p-Values are based on those who actively responded (i.e. missing is not included in the calculation)