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Table 2 Prevalence (%) of poor self-rated oral health outcomes among Aboriginal adults in Port Augusta by risk indicators; n = 468

From: Associations between Indigenous Australian oral health literacy and self-reported oral health outcomes

  Have had teeth pulled out Rate oral health as fair or poor Need fillings or extractions Think have gum disease Uncomfortable about appearance of mouth Avoid eating some foods Poor oral health-related quality of life
Total 69.7 37.0 55.6 21.4 56.0 55.1 34.8
Demographic        
   Age        
37 years or less 61.5* 26.9* 54.7 15.5* 51.3* 49.6* 29.9*
38 years or more 78.4 47.0 56.5 27.4 60.7 60.7 39.7
   Sex        
Male 68.1 42.5* 49.1* 21.1 52.7 49.7* 31.1
Female 70.6 33.9 59.3 21.6 57.8 58.1 36.9
Socio-economic        
   Health Care Card        
Yes 67.9 40.2* 55.3 23.2* 56.1 55.5 36.8
No 74.8 26.3 56.1 15.2 55.3 54.4 28.9
Dental cost        
   Difficulty paying $100 dental bill        
None, hardly any, a little 67.9 29.1* 52.5 18.1* 54.5 51.2* 28.7*
A lot 71.7 45.5 59.1 25.1 57.6 59.4 41.5
Oral health literacy        
   Mean REALD-30 (se) 13.8 (0.7)* 14.9 (0.5) 13.6 (0.5)* 14.9 (0.4) 13.8 (0.5)* 11.2 (0.5)* 14.0 (0.5)*
ORAL HEALTH LITERACY-RELATED OUTCOMES        
Use of dental services        
   Usual reason for seeing dentist?        
Problem 83.9* 44.3* 66.6* 25.7* 66.0* 67.6* 42.7*
Check-up 47.5 19.4 38.2 15.4 37.1 34.7 19.4
Oral health knowledge        
   Number times should brush teeth daily?        
None or once 69.3 46.2* 51.9 26.3 51.3 51.3 35.9
Twice or more 69.8 35.1 56.4 20.5 56.9 55.9 34.6
   Is cordial good for teeth?        
Yes 80.0* 36.8 46.4 26.8 63.2 61.4 40.4
No 68.3 37.0 56.9 20.7 55.0 54.3 34.1
Oral self-care        
   Did brush teeth yesterday?        
Yes 70.5 30.9* 55.7 17.3* 54.0* 52.3* 32.1
No 64.7 58.8 61.8 41.2 67.6 66.2 36.8
  1. *P < 0.05