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Table 3 Comparison of the attitude scores of non-medical, dental and medical students

From: Knowledge of and attitudes towards erosive tooth wear among students of two Chinese universities

Item No. Contents NSs DSs MSs P-value
A1 I think oral health is just as important as general health 4.38 ± 0.90 4.64 ± 0.92 4.47 ± 0.69 0.032 (DSs > NSs; MSs > NSsa)
A2 I think prevention is better than a cure 4.39 ± 0.81 4.66 ± 0.90 4.51 ± 0.73 0.023 (DSs, MSs > NSsa)
A3 It is essential to visit a dentist at least every half year for a regular dental check-up 4.09 ± 0.96 4.66 ± 0.89 4.32 ± 0.77 < 0.001 (DSs > NSs, MSsa)
A4 I would think that it is bad if I learned that my teeth had been damaged by acid 4.43 ± 0.80 4.61 ± 0.80 4.51 ± 0.68 0.133
A5 It is worth spending more time and energy on studying knowledge about erosive tooth wear 3.97 ± 0.92 4.57 ± 0.80 4.09 ± 0.89 < 0.001 (DSs > NSs, MSsa)
A6 I am concerned with whether or not drinks I consume are acidic 3.82 ± 1.01 4.27 ± 0.97 3.80 ± 0.97 < 0.001 (DSs > NSs, MSsa)
A7 I am concerned with whether or not a toothpaste contains fluoride 3.74 ± 1.07 4.23 ± 1.03 3.73 ± 1.00 < 0.001 (DSs > NSs, MSsa)
A8 To prevent erosive tooth wear, I would change my dietary habits (such as controlling my consumption of soft drinks) 4.09 ± 0.85 4.49 ± 0.88 4.14 ± 0.82 < 0.001 (DSs > NSs, MSsa)
A9 To prevent erosive tooth wear, I would change my behavior habits (such as drinking from a straw) 4.09 ± 0.81 4.53 ± 0.74 4.18 ± 0.79 < 0.001 (DSs > NSs, MSsa)
A10 I would see a doctor immediately if I learned that my teeth had been damaged by acid 4.07 ± 0.85 4.54 ± 0.77 4.08 ± 0.91 < 0.001 (DSs > NSs, MSsa)
  1. NSs non-medical students, DSs dental students, MSs medical students
  2. a>indicates statistical significance