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Table 2 Study Participant Oral Health Characteristics

From: What really happens in the home: a comparison of parent-reported and observed tooth brushing behaviors for young children

  Total Sample
N = 45 (%)
Pediatric Dental Clinic Families
N = 25 (%)
Medical Clinic and WIC Families
N = 20 (%)
Child brushing frequency
 Never 2 (4.4) 0 (0.0) 2 (10.0)
 Sometimes but not every day 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 1 (5.0)
 Once a day 10 (22.2) 4 (16.0) 6 (30.0)
 Twice a day 26 (57.8) 17 (68.0) 9 (45.0)
 More than twice a day 6 (13.3) 4 (16.0) 2 (10.0)
How often do activities of daily life get in way of caring for child’s teeth?
 All/Most of the time 8 (17.8) 6 (24.0) 2 (10.0)
 Some of the time 9 (20.0) 2 (8.0) 7 (35.0)
 Rarely/Never 28 (62.2) 17 (68.0) 11 (55.0)
How often does your family help you care for child’s teeth?    
 All/Most of the time 21 (46.7) 9 (36.0) 12 (60.0)
 Some of the time 12 (26.7) 9 (36.0) 3 (15.0)
 Rarely/Never 12 (26.7) 7 (28.0) 5 (25.0)
When did child last go to dentist?    
 6 months or less 31 (68.9) 20 (80.0) 11 (55.0)
 6 months -- 1 year ago 1 (2.2) 1 (4.0) 0 (0.0)
 1 year -- 2 years ago 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 1 (5.0)
 Never has been 12 (26.7) 4 (16.0) 8 (40.0)
Child has had a cavity or tooth decay 3 (6.7) 3 (12.0) 0 (0.0)
What kind of water does child drink?
 Tap water 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 1 (5.0)
 Filtered water from tap 11 (24.4) 5 (20.0) 6 (30.0)
 Bottled water 28 (62.2) 16 (64.0) 12 (60.0)
 Other 5 (11.1) 4 (16.0) 1 (5.0)
Parent brushing frequency    
 Never 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
 Sometimes but not every day 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 1 (5.0)
 Once a day 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
 Twice a day 29 (64.4) 17 (68.0) 12 (60.0)
 More than twice a day 15 (33.3) 8 (32.0) 7 (35.0)
When did parent last go to dentist?    
 6 months or less 17 (37.8) 11 (44.0) 6 (30.0)
  6 months -- 1 year ago 11 (24.4) 6 (24.0) 5 (25.0)
 1 year -- 2 years ago 10 (22.2) 5 (20.0) 5 (25.0)
 More than 2 years ago 6 (13.3) 3 (12.0) 3 (15.0)
 Never has been 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 1 (5.0)
Condition of parent’s mouth and teeth
 Very good 3 (6.7) 2 (8.0) 1 (5.0)
 Good 19 (42.2) 8 (32.0) 11 (55.0)
 Fair 18 (40.0) 11 (44.0) 7 (35.0)
 Poor 5 (11.1) 4 (16.0) 1 (5.0)