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Table 2 Socio-demographic and dental characteristics by dental fear

From: The vicious cycle of dental fear: exploring the interplay between oral health, service utilization and dental fear

  Not afraid A little afraid Quite afraid Very afraid
  n % n % n % n %
Dentate status***         
   Dentate 3,482 90.3 826 96.2 295 99.0 648 95.3
   Edentulous 375 9.7 33 3.8 3 1.0 32 4.7
Sex***         
   Male 2,024 52.4 332 38.6 124 41.6 218 32.1
   Female 1,837 47.6 529 61.4 174 58.4 462 67.9
Age***         
   16–24 years 633 16.4 160 18.6 45 15.2 61 9.0
   25–39 years 1,117 28.9 269 31.2 90 30.3 191 28.1
   40–64 years 1,417 36.7 341 39.6 135 45.5 349 51.3
   65+ years 695 18.0 92 10.7 27 9.1 79 11.6
Country of birth         
   Australia 2,958 76.6 647 75.1 231 77.5 514 75.6
   Other 903 23.4 214 24.9 67 22.5 165 24.3
Language spoken at home         
   LOTE 461 11.9 121 14.1 33 11.1 75 11.0
   English 3,401 88.1 740 85.9 265 88.9 604 89.0
Employment*         
   Full-time 1,577 42.9 365 44.4 135 47.4 261 39.0
   Part-time 673 18.3 148 18.0 64 22.5 145 21.6
   Not employed 1,422 38.7 309 37.6 86 30.2 264 39.3
Annual household income**         
   Less than $20,000 824 24.3 151 19.8 52 20.2 141 23.5
   $20,001 – $50,000 1,111 32.8 236 30.9 97 37.7 239 39.8
   $50,001 – $80,000 783 23.1 210 27.5 62 24.1 123 20.5
   Greater than $80,000 672 19.8 166 21.8 46 17.9 97 16.2
Residential remoteness         
   Highly accessible 2,586 67.2 590 68.7 204 69.2 455 67.5
   Accessible 799 20.8 179 20.8 66 22.4 151 22.4
   Moderately accessible 401 10.4 83 9.7 22 7.5 55 8.2
   Remote 50 1.3 5 0.6 3 1.0 8 1.2
   Very remote 10 0.3 2 0.2 0 0.0 5 0.7
  1. * χ2 < 0.05, ** χ2 < 0.01, *** χ2 < 0.001
  2. Note: Dentate refers to at least one natural tooth present in the mouth