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of “sometimes” or “never”) was higher (Table 4-8). The overall rating of all dental care personally received in the previous 12 months was 8.05 (Table 4-9); there were no noticeable differences in this ranking across age groups or sites. The two sites that do not have full-time, resident therapists had the lowest scores. In ranking the overall dental care system, all respondents combined provided a slightly lower mean ranking of 7.83. The rank ordering was similar to that for the previous assessment of personal care received, with the two sites served on an itinerant basis having the lowest scores (Table 4-10). Table 4-6. Dental Care Survey Results for Children Ages 6–17, All Sites Combined Always No. (%)

Usually No. (%)

Sometimes No. (%)

Never No. (%)

Total No. (%)

Make child feel comfortable

173 (64)

71 (26)

25 (9)

3 (1)

272 (100)

Explain treatment

181 (67)

68 (25)

16 (6)

6 (2)

271 (100)

Appointments as soon as wanted

95 (35)

100 (37)

60 (22)

15 (6)

270 (100)

Spend more than 15 minutes waiting

29 (11)

41 (15)

109 (40)

92 (34)

271 (100)

Definitely yes

Somewhat yes

Somewhat no

Definitely no

Total

36 (32)

55 (49)

7 (6)

15 (13)

Question

Seen as soon as wanted for emergency care

113 (100)

Table 4-7. Children Ages 6–17 Whose Caregiver Responded “Always” or “Usually” to Questions about Their Dental Care, by Age Group, All Sites Combined Age Group 6–9 Years

10–14 Years

15–17 Years

Question

No. (%)

No. (%)

No. (%)

Make child feel comfortable

86 (92)

111 (90)

47 (85)

Explain treatment

84 (91)

115 (93)

50 (91)

Appointments as soon as wanted

68 (74)

89 (73)

40 (73)

Spend more than 15 minutes waiting

15 (16)

36 (29)

19 (35)

35 (83)

40 (87)

16 (64)

Persons responding “definitely yes” or “somewhat yes” Seen as soon as wanted for emergency care

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