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Table 6 Summary of responses to item 7 to 11 of "Perception of oral condition" and their relationship with plaque score.

From: Assessment of oral self-care in patients with periodontitis: a pilot study in a dental school clinic in Japan

Perception of oral condition Items Responses and binarization† Relationship with plaque score
7. How much do you follow your dentist's or dental hygienist's advice on oral hygiene care? n = 65   P = 0.0101
   Always 21 (33)  
   Sometimes 27 (42)  
   Not very much 5 (8)  
   Never 11 (17)  
8. How important is the prevention of cavities or gum diseases for you? n = 65   NS
   Very important 58 (89)  
   Somewhat important 7 (11)  
   Not at all important 0 (0)  
10. Are you willing to take on new challenges and/or change your daily routine? n = 63   NS
   Yes 47 (75)  
   No 16 (25)  
11. To what degree do you feel that the actions you take have an impact on your own oral health? n = 63   NS
   My actions play a significant role 45 (72)  
   Not sure either way 16 (25)  
   I cannot do much about it 2 (3)  
  1. Values are expressed in n (%). Items subjected to the statistical analysis were shown.
  2. † Responses were grouped as shown and compared with two categories of PCR (≥ 40% vs. < 40%) by Fisher's exact test. P-values less than 0.05 were considered statistically significant.
  3. NS; not significant