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Table 3 Oral health related characteristics of the sample according to the two groups: with and without sensitive teeth (ST) (n = 2413)

From: Prevalence of sensitive teeth and associated factors: a multicentre, cross-sectional questionnaire survey in France

  Without ST With ST P b
Number of subjects Percentage a
(%)
Number of subjects Percentage a
(%)
Total 1395 100 1018 100  
Frequency of:      
Juice consumption      0.37
 At least once per day 455 32.6 359 35.3  
 Occasionally to often 818 58.6 577 56.7  
 Never 122 8.8 82 8.0  
Soft drink consumption      < 0.001*
 At least once per day 214 15.3 200 19.7  
 Occasionally to often 841 60.3 634 62.3  
 Never 340 24.4 184 18.0  
Chewing gums      0.008*
 At least once per day 292 20.9 252 24.8  
 Occasionally to often 737 52.8 548 53.8  
 Never 366 26.3 218 21.4  
Access to oral care
Time since last visit to the dentist      0.005*
  Less than 6 months 521 37.3 447 43.9  
  About one year 477 34.2 317 31.1  
  More than a year 397 28.5 254 25.0  
Aware of untreated oral problems      < 0.001*
  Yes 337 24.2 426 41.9  
  No 910 65.2 482 47.3  
  Don’t know 148 10.6 110 10.8  
Oral hygiene habits
Tooth brushing frequency      0.02*
  At least once per day 1297 93.0 921 90.5  
  Less than once per day 98 7.0 97 9.5  
Mouth washing frequency      0.01*
  Regularly 152 10.9 134 13.2  
  Sometimes 481 34.5 388 38.1  
  Never 762 54.6 496 48.7  
Type of toothbrush used c      0.01*
  Manual Hard 116 8.3 106 10.4  
  Don’t know 133 9.5 126 12.4  
  Other 1146 82.2 786 77.2  
  1. a Percentage of individuals in each class of the independent variables
  2. b Chi2 test according to the conditions of application or Fisher test comparing the presence of ST with each oral health related characteristics variable
  3. c The variable “type of toothbrush” was constructed with the category manual hard brush versus other (manual medium or soft brush, electric brush), suspecting that the hard brush would tend to be associated with ST
  4. * p < 0.05