Data sources and citation: Canadian Community Health Survey 2000 and 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008, 2009 and 2010, 2013 and 2014, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care
Sample: Residents 12 years and over in the KFL&A area.
Released: Sept. 2016
Respondents who have visited the dentist in the previous 12 months, ages 12 and over 

Figure 1. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 12 and over, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and OntarioTable 1. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 12 and over, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 1.In 2013 to 2014, 76.5% (71.7, 80.7) of residents, ages 12 and over, in KFL&A visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. In both KFL&A and Ontario, there was a slight increasing trend over time in the percentage of residents, ages 12 and over, who visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. 

Respondents who have visited the dentist in the previous 12 months, ages 12 and over, by sex 

Figure 2. Percentage of males that have visited a dentist, ages 12 and over, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and OntarioTable 2. Percentage of males that have visited a dentist, ages 12 and over, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 2.In 2013 to 2014, 71.5% (63.0, 78.7) of male residents, ages 12 and over, in KFL&A visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. In Ontario, there was a very slight increasing trend over time in the percentage of males, ages 12 and over, who visited a dentist in the previous 12 months.
Figure 3. Percentage of females that have visited a dentist, ages 12 and over, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and OntarioTable 3. Percentage of females that have visited a dentist, ages 12 and over, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 3.In 2013 to 2014, 81.1% (76.8, 84.8) of female residents, ages 12 and over, in KFL&A visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. In Ontario, there was a very slight increasing trend over time in the percentage of females, ages 12 and over, who visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. Also, in Ontario, a higher percentage of females have visited a dentist in the previous 12 months than males. KFL&A shows the same trends, but the differences are not statistically significant, possibly due to sample size. 

Respondents who have visited the dentist in the previous 12 months, by age group 

Figure 4. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 12 to 19, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and OntarioTable 4. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 12 to 19, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 4.In 2013 to 2014, 93.0% (80.0, 97.8) of residents, ages 12 to 19, in KFL&A visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. In both KFL&A and Ontario, there was a very slight increasing trend over time in the percentage of those, ages 12 to 19, who visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. Figure 5. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 20 to 44, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and OntarioTable 5. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 20 to 44, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 5.In 2013 to 2014, 73.9% (65.4, 80.9) of residents, ages 20 to 44, in KFL&A visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. No trends over time were seen.
Figure 6. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 45 to 64, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and OntarioTable 6. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 45 to 64, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 6.In 2013 to 2014, 78.6% (69.6, 85.5) of residents, ages 45 to 64, in KFL&A visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. In Ontario, there was a very slight increasing trend over time in the percentage of those, ages 45 to 64, who visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. Figure 7. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 65 years and over, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and OntarioTable 7. Percentage that have visited a dentist, ages 65 years and over, in the previous 12 months, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 7.In 2013 to 2014, 70.0% (63.2, 76.0) of residents, ages 65 and over, in KFL&A visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. In Ontario, there was an increasing trend over time in the percentage of those, ages 65 and over, who visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. KFL&A shows the same trends, but the differences are not statistically significant, possibly due to sample size. 

When respondents last visited a dentist 

Figure 8. Number of years ago respondents last visited a dentist, KFL&A and Ontario, 2013 and 2014
*Use with caution due to high variability of estimate as a result of small sample size NR  not releasable due to small numbers. Table 8. Number of years ago respondents last visited a dentist, KFL&A and Ontario, 2013 and 2014, % (95% confidence interval)
*Use with caution due to high variability of estimate as a result of small sample size NR  not releasable due to small numbers.
Interpretation for Figure 8.In 2013 to 2014, 50.8% (41.8, 59.7) of residents, ages 12 and over, in KFL&A last visited a dentist between 1 and 3 years ago. There were no differences between KFL&A and Ontario. Figure 9. Percentage that last visited a dentist between 1 and 3 years ago, KFL&A and Ontario, KFL&A and Ontario*Use with caution due to high variability of estimate as a result of small sample size NR  not releasable due to small numbers.
Table 9. Percentage that last visited a dentist between 1 and 3 years ago, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
*Use with caution due to high variability of estimate as a result of small sample size NR  not releasable due to small numbers.
Interpretation for Figure 9.In Ontario, the percentage of those, ages 12 and over, who last visited a dentist between 1 and 3 years ago from 2005 and onwards, was slightly lower than the percentage prior to 2005.
Figure 10. Percentage that last visited a dentist between 3 and 5 years ago, KFL&A and Ontario*Use with caution due to high variability of estimate as a result of small sample size
Table 10. Percentage that last visited a dentist between 3 and 5 years ago, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
*Use with caution due to high variability of estimate as a result of small sample size Interpretation for Figure 10.In 2013 to 2014, 12.8%* (8.1, 19.6) of residents, ages 12 and over, in KFL&A last visited a dentist between 3 and 5 years ago. There were no differences between KFL&A and Ontario and no trends over time were seen. *Use with caution due to high variability of estimate as a result of small sample size
Figure 11. Percentage that last visited a dentist between 6 or more years ago, KFL&A and OntarioTable 11. Percentage that last visited a dentist 6 or more years ago, KFL&A and Ontario, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 11.In 2013 to 2014, 35.8% (26.6, 46.2) of residents, ages 12 and over, in KFL&A visited a dentist 6 or more years ago. There were no differences between KFL&A and Ontario and no trends over time were seen.
Figure 12. Percentage that have never visited a dentist, Ontario, 2013 and 2014
Table 12. Percentage that have never visited a dentist, Ontario, 2013 and 2014, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 12.In 2013 and 2014, in Ontario, 3.4% (2.7, 4.2) of residents have never visited a dentist. The estimates for KFL&A were too unstable to report.

Reasons why respondents have not been to the dentist in the previous three years 

The following question was only asked of those respondents who had not visited a dentist in the previous three years months. Figure 13. Reasons why respondents have not been to the dentist in the previous three years, Ontario, 2013 and 2014Table 13. Reasons why respondents have not been to the dentist, Ontario, 2013 and 2014, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 13.The most common reason given for not having been to the dentist in the previous three years was cost.
Figure 14. Percentage that have visited a dentist in the previous 12 months by income group, KFL&A and Ontario, 2013 and 2014Table 14. Percentage that have visited a dentist in the previous 12 months by income group, KFL&A and Ontario, 2013 and 2014, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 14.In Ontario, the percentage of those who have visited the dentist in the previous 12 months increases with increasing income. KFL&A shows the same trends, but the differences are not statistically significant, possibly due to sample size.
Figure 15. Percentage that have visited a dentist in the previous 12 months by urban and rural status, KFL&A and Ontario, 2013 and 2014Table 15. Percentage that have visited a dentist in the previous 12 months by urban and rural status, KFL&A and Ontario, 2013 and 2014, % (95% confidence interval)
Interpretation for Figure 15.In Ontario, the percentage of those who have visited the dentist in the previous 12 months did not change with urban and rural status. 

Confidence intervals explained 

Researchers look at the "confidence levels" of percentages being compared to decide if there is a statistically significant difference between percentages. If the 95% confidence intervals of two estimates do not overlap, there is considered to be a significant difference between the estimates. A statistically significant difference means that:
In this report, 95% confidence intervals will accompany each percentage in all figures and tables. The true or actual percentage falls within the 95% confidence interval range 95 times out of 100. A wide confidence interval reflects a large amount of variability or imprecision. Usually, the larger the sample size, the narrower the confidence intervals. In tables, the 95% confidence intervals will be written with the percentage, followed by the 95% confidence interval range in brackets, e.g., 25.3% (12.3, 32.4). In figures, the 95% confidence interval are represented by error bars at the top of each bar (column). 