Oral health (50+ years)

Table 31 shows that Māori males aged 50–64 years were significantly less likely than non-Māori males of the same age to have visited a dentist in the previous year (RR 0.49, CI 0.34–0.65). Similarly, Māori females in this age group were less likely to have visited a dentist in the previous year compared with non-Māori females (RR 0.62, CI 0.47–0.78). The same disparities were observed in males and females in the 65+ years age group (RR 0.63, CI 0.36–0.90 for males; RR 0.55, CI 0.32–0.78 for females).

How to interpret results – tables

Table 31: Dental visit indicator, Māori and non-Māori, by gender, 2006/07
Indicator Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
  Māori non-Maori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Been to dentist in previous year (self-reported), 2006/07, percent 29.8
(20.9–38.7)
60.3
(56.5–64.2)
33.1
(19.2–49.6)
52.8
(48.6–57.0)
40.0
(30.6–49.4)
64.0
(60.7–67.4)
31.2
(18.4–46.4)
56.9
(52.5–61.3)

Source: 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

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