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Table 4 Clinical Characteristics of Oral Health Self-Care Behavior in LDS

From: Oral health-related quality of life in Loeys-Dietz syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder: an observational cohort study

Oral Health Self-Care Behavior QuestionsTotal LDS (N = 32)
% subjects (n)OHIP-14
Mean ± SD
P-Value
aDo you receive regular dental care?  ns
 Yes81.25 (26)5.35 ± 5.34 
 No18.75 (6)8.00 ± 8.10 
aReason to visit the dentist  ns
 Check-up, orthodontic treatment or cleaning75.00 (24)4.92 ± 4.90 
 Acute problem (Infection, Extraction, Filling)25.00 (8)8.63 ± 7.93 
bOverall, how would you rate your hygiene routine (regular tooth brushing, flossing, and your home oral mouth rinse)?  ns
 Poor6.25 (2)8.00 ± 9.90 
 Fair18.75 (6)8.33 ± 5.28 
 Good37.5 (12)5.92 ± 6.04 
 Very Good28.12 (9)5.44 ± 6.09 
 Excellent9.38 (3)0.33 ± 0.58 
bOverall, how would you rate the health of your teeth and gums? (Oral health status)  < 0.0001
 Poor15.63 (5)13.20 ± 4.49 
 Fair18.75 (6)8.83 ± 4.71 
 Good34.38 (11)5.00 ± 5.59 
 Very Good25.00 (8)1.63 ± 1.99 
 Excellent6.25 (2)0 ± 0 
  1. Statistical analyses: aWilcoxon Rank-Sum and bPearson Correlation Coefficient tests were employed. ns not significant. Bold values are significant (p ≤ 0.05)