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Table 4 Periodontal status 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

  Number of sextants with healthy gums
  n Mean (SD) p*
Snacking frequency    0.446
 Never 88 1.4 (1.6)  
 Once 131 1.6 (1.8)  
 Twice or more 105 1.7 (1.6)  
Toothbrushing frequency    <0.001
 Once or less 104 0.9 (1.3)  
 Twice or more 220 1.9 (1.7)  
Use of fluoride toothpaste    0.022
 With fluoride 180 1.8 (1.7)  
 No fluoride or do not know 144 1.4 (1.6)  
Use of dental floss    0.036
 No 257 1.5 (1.7)  
 Yes 67 1.9 (1.7)  
Use of mouthrinse    
 No 238 1.6 (1.6) 0.812
 Yes 86 1.7 (1.7)  
Use of toothpick    
 No 211 1.6 (1.6) 0.620
 Yes 113 1.7 (1.7)  
Utilization of dental services during past 3 years 0.001
 No 164 1.3 (1.6)  
 Yes 160 1.9 (1.7)  
  1. * p-value was computed from Mann–Whitney U test or Kruskal Wallis 1-way ANOVA test to compare the distributions between groups.