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Research Article

Oral Hygiene Practices among Saudi Arabian Children and Its Relation to Their Dental Caries Status

Table 4

Mean DMFT score and differences in scores by dietary habits.

Dietary habits (%)Mean DMFT (SD)Difference (95% CI)

Frequency of eating/day
 1-2 times77 (15.3)0.73 (0.9)0.000.05
 3-4 times326 (65.2)0.63 (0.4)−0.09 (−0.18, −0.02)
 More than 4 times98 (19.5)0.71 (0.8)−0.02 (−0.09, 0.06)

Snack between meals/day
 Once189 (37.8)0.62 (0.5)0.000.05
 Twice200 (40.0)0.70 (0.5)0.06 (0.01, 0.11)
 Three or more111 (22.2)0.70 (0.7)0.08 (−0.00, 0.09)

Sugar consumption level/day
 Low169 (33.7)0.58 (0.5)0.000.01
 Moderate206 (41.2)0.66 (0.5)0.07 (0.00, 0.15)
 High126 (25.1)0.74 (0.6)0.16 (0.04, 0.27)

CI: confidence interval. SD: standard deviation. Significant relation between the mean DMFT score and dietary habits.

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