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Table 3 Dental visiting 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 %
Time since last dental visit**         
   Less than 12 months 2,169 56.5 456 53.3 176 59.1 311 46.2
   1 year to < 2 years 682 17.8 186 21.7 54 18.1 134 19.9
   2 years to < 5 years 505 13.2 113 13.2 46 15.4 112 16.6
   5 years to < 10 years 237 6.2 52 6.1 12 4.0 53 7.9
   > 10 years ago 246 6.4 49 5.7 10 3.4 63 9.4
Average visiting frequency**         
   More than twice a year 976 26.6 189 22.7 82 29.4 107 17.2
   Once per year 1,051 28.6 252 30.3 66 23.7 132 21.2
   Once every 2 years 559 15.2 168 20.2 52 18.6 109 17.5
   > Once every 2 years 1,083 29.5 224 26.9 79 28.3 274 44.1
When expected to make next visit**         
   Less than 6 months 2,182 58.7 511 61.2 181 61.6 348 54.0
   6 months to < 12 months 678 18.2 171 20.5 57 19.4 82 12.7
   1 years to < 2 years 129 3.5 24 2.9 6 2.0 24 3.7
   2 years to < 5 years 69 1.9 8 1.0 5 1.7 8 1.2
   Greater than 5 years 35 1.0 3 0.3 4 1.3 4 0.7
   Only for pain or a problem 626 16.8 118 14.1 41 13.9 178 27.6
Has an appointment for a future dental visit*         
   Yes 664 17.2 129 15.0 55 18.5 77 11.4
   No 3,191 82.8 731 85.0 243 81.5 598 88.6
  1. * χ2 < 0.05, ** χ2 < 0.01, *** χ2 < 0.001
  2. Note: Dentate refers to at least one natural tooth present in the mouth