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Table 4 Factors associated with dental caries among children aged 7-14 years at Gonda town, Northwest Ethiopia, September 2011

From: Predictors of Dental caries among children 7–14 years old in Northwest Ethiopia: a community based cross-sectional study

Characteristics Decayed teeth COR ( 95% CI) AOR ( 95% CI)
  Yes No   
Ethnicity    
Amhara 272 455 1.00 1.00
Tigray 23 50 0.769 (0.459 ,1.289) 0.705 (0.328, 1.517)
Kimant 7 29 0.404 (0.175 ,0.934) 0.627 (0.075, 1.947)
Other 4 2 3.346 (0.609 ,18.38) 1.092 (0.142, 8.401)
Educational status of father    
Illiterate 44 68 1.00 1.00
Read & write 38 56 1.049 (0.599,1.836) 1.185 (0.508,2.766)
1-6grade 54 71 1.175 (0.700,1.974) 1.378 (0.615,3.088)
7-12grade 95 148 0.992 (0.627,1.569) 0.894 (0.436,1.833)
>12grade 75 193 0.601 (0.378,0.955) 0.369 (0.170, 0.803)
Economic status    
< 28 157 206 1.00 1.00
29 – 56 93 146 0.836 (0.599,1.166) 0.875 (0.51, 1.486)
57 – 84 20 46 0.570 (0.324,1.003) 1.291 (0.564, 2.955)
85 – 112 24 69 0.456 (0.274,0.759) 0.628 (0.307, 1.286)
113 – 167 8 38 0.276 (0.125,0.609) 0.521 (0.175, 1.527)
>168 4 31 0.169 (0.059,0.490) 0.059 (0.008, 0.447)
Snack frequency    
Three/day 178 346 0.729 (0.459,1.158) 1.366 (0.613, 3.045)
Twice/day 11 23 0.678 (0.294,1.563 1.251 (0.326, 4.791)
Once/day 81 116 0.989 (0.0.593,1.651) 1.018 (0.429, 2.417)
Occasional 36 51 1.00 1.00
Sweet foods and drinks    
Yes 282 460 1.941 (1.199,3.144) 1.814 (0.908,3.626)
No 24 76 1.00 1.00
Sugared coffee    
Yes 175 303 1.00 1.00
No 131 233 1.027 (0.774,1.364) 0.859 (0.449, 1.643)
Cleaning teeth     
Yes 120 357 1.00  
No 186 179 0.73 (0.54, 0.97) 0.077 (0.030-0.201)
Rinsing mouth    
Yes 260 49 1.00 1.00
No 46 40 0.46 (0.291,0.715) 0.399 (0.198-0.804)
Soft drinks     
Yes 224 60 1.00 1.00
No 82 476 21.67 (14.98, 31.34) 1.026 (0.714, 1.871)