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Table 3 Model II: Perceived need for dental check-ups regressed on clinical and non-clinical factors. Percentages (n) confirming need, adjusted Odds ratios, OR, and 95% Confidence interval, CI

From: Perceived dental treatment need among older Tanzanian adults – a cross-sectional study

Determinant-overall % in the population (100%) % (n) P value Adjusted OR 95% CI
Step I (sociodemographics)     
Age: 50–59 58.6 (266)   1  
60–69 57.1 (173)   0.8 0.6–1.3
70+ 54.7 (150) 0.597 0.2 0.1–1.1
Male 63.0 (301)   1  
Female 52.1 (288) 0.000 0.5 0.4–0.7
Urban 51.7 (264)   1  
Rural 62.5 (325) 0.000 1.5 1.1–2.1
Dental attendance: never 42.9 (342)   1  
   >once 64.5 (151) 0.000 1.3 0.9–2.0
Step II (Clinically assessed oral status)     
Full PO & AO 49.6 (62)   1  
Reduced AO or PO 58.5 (269)   1.5 0.9–2.4
Reduced PO and AO 59.9 (229) 0.119 1.1 0.6–1.9
Decayed: 0–1 teeth 54.5 (277)   1  
   2–22 teeth 59.7 (312) 0.102 0.7 0.5–1.1
Tooth mobility: <2 teeth 45.5 (378)   1  
   ≥2 teeth 57.2 (115) 0.004 0.9 0.6–1.4
Step III (Symptom status)     
Experience pain: no 43.0 (196)   1  
   yes 68.3 (393) 0.000 1.1 0.7–1.4
Exp broken teeth: no 49.5 (315)   1  
   yes 69.4 (274) 0.000 1.9 1.3–2.6
Chewing problem: no 52.2 (322)   1  
   ≥1 food 64.4 (266) 0.000 0.7 0.5–1.0
Step IV (Functional disadvantage)     
OIDP: none 36.9 (163)   1  
   ≥1 72.3 (421) 0.000 2.5 1.8–3.5
Step V (General oral health perceptions)     
Satisfied chew ability: yes 49.3 (378)   1  
   : no 79.6 (211) 0.000 1.9 1.3–2.9
Oral status good: yes 44.3 (294)   1  
   no 80.2 (295) 0.000 2.7 1.8–4.0