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Table 4 Frequency and percentage of Oral health problems experienced during the previous 12 mo

From: Oral health status and associated lifestyle behaviors in a sample of Iranian adults: an exploratory household survey

VariableAge (y), n (%) Total 
18–3536–5051–65p-valueMaleFemalep-value
Dental problems during the past 12 mo
 Biting difficulty238 (28.5)262 (38.2)320 (47.3)< 0.0001407 (49.6)413 (50.4)0.561
 Difficulty chewing food208 (24.8)297 (43.5)387 (54.0)< 0.0001425 (47.6)467 (52.4)0.458
 Speech/word pronouncing difficulties52 (6.5)106 (15.4)65 (8.9)< 0.0001111 (49.8)112 (50.2)0.725
 Dry mouth155 (19.6)85 (12.6)54 (8.1)< 0.0001144 (49.0)150 (51.0)0.975
 Felt embarrassed due to appearance of teeth257 (30.6)187 (27.6)155 (22.1)< 0.0001298 (49.7)301 (50.3)0.737
 Felt tense due to teeth or mouth354 (44.4)280 (40.9)243 (34.8)< 0.0001459 (52.3)418 (47.7)0.014
 Smiling avoidance because of concerns about teeth or mouth205 (25.5)172 (25.4)123 (18.1)< 0.0001224 (44.8)276 (55.2)0.056
 Sleep interruption129 (16.4)90 (13.2)115 (17.6)0.001167 (50.0)167 (50.0)0.580
 Days off work165 (19.7)79 (11.7)63 (9.3)0.001161 (52.4)146 (47.6)0.167
 Difficulty doing usual activities119 (14.8)104 (15.0)127 (18.3)0.001159 (45.4)191 (54.6)0.208
 Felt less tolerant of spouse or close people52 (6.6)61 (8.1)69 (10.4)0.04878 (42.9)104 (57.1)0.089
 Reduced tolerance of spouse or close friends104 (13.0)118 (17.3)100 (14.8)0.062155 (48.1)167 (51.9)0.884