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Table 2 Frequencies of self-reported oral hygiene habits and oral health status

From: Bitter and sweet taste perception: relationships to self-reported oral hygiene habits and oral health status in a survey of Australian adults

Oral hygiene habits Oral health status markers
  (n, %)   (n, %)
Brushing habits Missing teeth
≤ Weekly 18 (3.5%) 1 72 (13.9%)
1 × a day 154 (29.7%) 2 or 3 39 (7.5%)
2 × a day 308 (59.5%) More than 3 32 (6.2%)
> 2 × a day 38 (7.3%)   
Type of toothbrush Dental caries
Electronic 178 (34.4%) 1 68 (13.1%)
Manual, extra soft 32 (6.2%) 2 or 3 118 (22.8%)
Manual, firm 25 (4.8%) More than 3 189 (36.5%)
Manual, medium 123 (23.7%)   
Manual, soft 153 (29.5%)   
Others 7 (1.4%)   
Mouthwash use Toothache
< weekly/never 313 (60.0%) Previously, but not in last 12 months 158 (30.1%)
Weekly 80 (15.4%) Sometimes 125 (24.1%)
1 × a day 69 (13.3%) Never 235 (45.4%)
2 × a day 56 (10.8%)   
Combined frequency use of floss Bad breath
< weekly/never 210 (40.5%) Don’t answer 37 (7.1%)
Weekly 152 (29.3%) No 149 (28.8%)
1 × a day 114 (22.0%) Yes, but infrequently 287 (55.4%)
≥ 2 × a day 42 (8.1%) Yes, regularly 45 (8.7%)
Use of chewing-gum Bleeding (yes) 247 (47.7%)
< weekly/never 370 (71.4%)   
Weekly 50 (9.7%)   
1 × a day 53 (10.2%)   
2 × a day 45 (8.7%)   
Tongue cleaning Dry mouth
< weekly/never 228 (44.0%) I don’t know 38 (7.3%)
Weekly 69 (13.3%) No 282 (54.4%)
1 × a day 109 (21.0%) Yes, but infrequently 139 (26.8%)
2 × a day 112 (21.6%) Yes, regularly 59 (11.4%)
Frequency of dental visit   
> 1 × a year 127 (24.5%)   
1 × a year 186 (35.9%)   
≤ 1 × few years 122 (23.6%)   
Occasionally* 83 (16.0%)   
Dental visit for cleaning   
> 1 × a year 120 (23.2%)   
1 × a year 190 (36.7%)   
≤ 1 × few years 122 (23.6%)   
Occasionally* 86 (16.6%)   
  1. Occasionally*-dental visit only when experienced pain or needed