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Table 2 Reasons for seeking oral health services and type of health center visited by the elderly population.

From: Oral health service utilization by elderly beneficiaries of the Mexican Institute of Social Security in México city

  Type of health center
  Private n = 303 Social Security n = 48 Public n = 23 Total n = 374
Reasons for seeking care % % % %
Dental examination 46.2 37.5 34.8 44.4
Tooth restoration 36.3 20.8 47.8 35.0
Dental cleaning 33.0 29.2 26.1 32.1
Tooth extraction(s) 18.8 47.9 30.4 23.3
Having a prosthesis made 23.7 6.3 26.1 21.7
Aching tooth or gums 19.1 27.1 21.7 20.3
Repairs to a prosthesis 13.2 8.4 0 11.7
Something else hurt 5.0 4.2 8.7 5.1
Endodontic treatment 4.3 4.2 0 4.0
Topical application of fluoride 1.7 2.1 0 1.6
Other reasons 1.3 0 0 1.1