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19 January 2023: Clinical Research

Determining the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dental Care in the Serbian Adult Population: An Online Questionnaire-Based Study

Marija Nikolić 1ABCDEF* , Aleksandar Mitić 1ABE , Jelena Petrović 2ABCDF , Dragana Dimitrijević 2ABCD , Jelena Popović 1ABDE , Nenad Stošić 1ABE , Vera Stojanovska 3ACEF

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.939238

Med Sci Monit 2023; 29:e939238

Table 2 The significance of the differences between observed habits related to professional dental care (questions Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6) paired before and during the pandemic (paired t test).

MSDt testDFP
Pair 1* Q3. I have postponed dental visits due to fear even prior to the pandemic.2.101.491−.4332059.665***
Q5. I have postponed dental visits due to the pandemic.2.111.483
Pair 2* Q4. I have “treated” myself for dental problems (took medicine, applied compresses, rinses…) to avoid going to the dentist even prior to the pandemic.1.651.2172.8922059**
Q6. I would try (or have already tried) to “treat myself” (take medicine, apply compresses, rinses…) to avoid or postpone dental visits during the pandemic.1.571.112
* Pair 1 – questions Q3 from section II and Q5 from section III of the questionnaire; Pair 2 – questions, Q4 from section II and Q6 from section III of the questionnaire.
** Statistically significant for
*** Not statistically significant.

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