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Table 2 Factors associated with having lost ≥ 5 teeth and ≥ 1 tooth due to caries. Chi square statistics, odds ratios (OR) and 95% Confidence limits (CL). Adjusted for use of tobacco (n = 1029).

From: Clinical and socio-behavioral correlates of tooth loss: a study of older adults in Tanzania

  % (n)
≥ 5 teeth
OR (95% CL)
(≥ 5 teeth)
% (n)
≥ 1 tooth
OR (95% CL)
(≥ 1 tooth)
Age: 50–59 years 28.6 (130) 1 65.2 (296) 1
   60–69 years 32.0 (97)* 1.4 (1.1–2.0) 63.7 (193) 1.1 (0.8–1.6)
   70+years 32.5 (89) * 1.7 (1.2–2.4) 60.2 (165) 1.1 (0.7–1.6)
Sex: Male 24.7 (118) 1 55.2 (264) 1
   Female 35.8 (198)* 1.5 (1.1–2.0) 70.5 (390)* 1.7 (1.2–2.2)
Residence: Urban 37.4 (191) 1 71.4 (365) 1
   Rural 24.0 (125) 0.7 (0.5–1.1) 55.6 (289)* 0.5 (0.3–0.8)
Wealth index:     
   4 th quart/poorest 20.6 (53) 1 52.1 (134 1
   3 rd quart 27.1 (70)* 1.6 (1.0–2.9) 60.9 (157) 1.1 (0.5–1.8)
   2 nd quart 35.7 (97)* 1.8 (1.1–3.1) 70.2 (191) 1.3 (0.7–2.2)
   1 st quart/least poor 38.8 (94) 1.3 (0.8–2.1) 70.2 (170)* 1.1 (0.7–1.6)
Decayed: 0–1 teeth 20.9 (106) 1 56.5 (287) 1
Decayed: 2–22 teeth 40.2 (210)* 2.8 (2.1–3.8) 70.2 (367)* 2.1 (1.6–2.7)
Dental attendance: Never 11.7 (25) 1 27.7 (59) 1
Dental attendance: When problems 35.7 (291)* 3.2 (2.0–5.2) 72.9 (595)* 5.3 (3.6–7.7)
Dental attendance: Never 27.2 (217) 1 57.3 (457) 1
Dental attendance: ≥ once 42.3 (99)* 1.7 (1.2–2.3) 84.2 (197)* 2.8 (1.8–4.2)
High blood pressure: yes 46.2 (78) 1 78.1 (132) 1
High blood pressure: No 27.6 (238)* 0.6 (0.4–0.8) 60.6 (522)* 0.6 (0.3–0.9)
  1. The total number in the different categories did not add up to 316 (≥ 5 teeth) and 654 (≥ 1 tooth) owing to missing values.
  2. * p ≤ 0.05