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Table 3 Dental caries experience of the studied young adults according to their behaviors (n = 324)

From: Risk indicators of oral health status among young adults aged 18 years analyzed by negative binomial regression

  n % with DMFT > 0 p* Mean DMFT (SD) p**
Snacking frequency    0.355   0.500
 Never 88 62.5   1.3 (1.4)  
 Once 131 61.1   1.7 (2.1)  
 Twice or more 105 53.3   1.3 (1.7)  
Toothbrushing frequency    0.867   0.280
 Once or less 104 59.6   1.1 (1.3)  
 Twice or more 220 58.6   1.6 (1.9)  
Use of fluoride toothpaste    0.840   0.731
 With fluoride 180 59.4   1.4 (1.7)  
 No fluoride or do not know 144 58.3   1.5 (1.9)  
Use of dental floss    0.675   0.456
 No 257 58.4   1.4 (1.8)  
 Yes 67 61.2   1.5 (1.8)  
Use of mouthrinse    0.107   0.091
 No 238 56.3   1.4 (1.9)  
 Yes 86 66.3   1.6 (1.5)  
Use of toothpick    0.702   0.911
 No 211 59.7   1.4 (1.8)  
 Yes 113 57.5   1.5 (1.8)  
Utilization of dental services during past 3 years 0.050   0.004
 No 164 53.7   1.1 (1.6)  
 Yes 160 64.4   1.8 (1.9)  
  1. * p-value was computed from Chi square test to compare the proportions between groups.
  2. ** p-value was computed from Mann–Whitney U test or Kruskal Wallis 1-way ANOVA test to compare the distributions between groups.