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Table 6 Group differences in dental utilization, satisfaction with child's dental care, child's dental fear and oral health status in the follow-up parent survey

From: Randomized pilot study to disseminate caries-control services in dentist offices

Variable Intervention Group (n = 282) Control Group (n = 205) p -value*
Dental Utilization    
Percentage children receiving:    
   Fluoride varnish 65 53 .98
   Sealants 33 27 .63
   Any restorations 41 46 .69
Satisfaction With Dental Care    
Average satisfaction with dental care (5=excellent) 4.1 (0.9) 3.7 (1.0) .17
Average satisfaction with preventive care (5=excellent) 4.2 (0.9) 3.7 (1.0) .10
Dental Fear    
Average dental fear score (5=very fearful) 2.1 (0.7) 2.3 (0.9) .04
Oral Health Status    
Average rating of child dental health now (5=excellent) 3.8 (0.9) 3.7 (0.9) .37
Average rating of condition of teeth now compared to 1 year ago (1=much better) 2.3 (0.8) 2.5 (0.8) .08
  1. Standard deviations are in parentheses.
  2. * Statistical tests adjust for children characteristics (gender, age, brushing, fluoride supplements, snacks) and adult/household characteristics (adult education, nonwhite race, age, gender, marital status, and household size).