Table 2

Summary of dentists’, practices’ and patients’ characteristics and certain dental procedures performed12 13

Number (%) or mean±SD
Dentist's individual characteristics
 Years since graduation from dental school (year)* (n=185)18.5±9.9
 Gender (male), n (%) (n=187)154 (82)
 Belief about the effectiveness of caries risk assessment, n (%) (n=189)
  Agree127 (67)
  Disagree or neutral62 (33)
Practice setting
 Type of practice, n (%) (n=182)
  Employed by another dentist77 (41)
  Self-employed without partners and without sharing of income, costs or office space105 (56)
 Practice busyness, n (%) (n=181)
  Too busy to treat all people requesting appointments19 (11)
  Provided care to all, but the practice was overburdened72 (40)
  Provided care to all, but the practice was not overburdened59 (33)
  Not busy enough31 (17)
 City population (government ordinance-designated city), n (%) (n=189)76 (40)
Patients’ characteristics
 Percentage of patients interested in caries prevention, n (%) (n=189)
  0 (none)16 (8)
  1–2480 (42)
  25–4938 (20)
  50–7446 (24)
  75–998 (4)
  1001 (1)
 Patient age distribution (years)*
  1–18 (%) (n=183)16.1±13.2
  19–44 (%) (n=188)24.8±11.0
  45–64 (%) (n=183)30.4±11.2
  65+ (%) (n=183)28.5±17.4
 Percent of patients who self-pay (%)* (n=183)8.6±16.6
Dental procedure characteristics
 Percentages of patients who receive individualised caries prevention, n (%) (n=189)
  0 (none)9 (5)
  1–2468 (36)
  25–4940 (21)
  50–7437 (20)
  75–9924 (13)
  10011 (6)
 Caries risk is assessed as a routine part of treatment planning, n (%) (n=189)49 (26)
 Percentage of patients who received hygiene instruction (%)* (n=183)67.3±34.8
  • *Mean±SD.