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Table 4 Relationship of SOHO-5 score with subjective and clinical oral health indicators (N = 296)

From: Developing a new self-reported scale of oral health outcomes for 5-year-old children (SOHO-5)

Oral health indicators N Mean (SD) p
Toothache (current) Yes 54 2.39 (2.64) <0.001
No 242 1.15 (1.88)
Toothache (experience)* Yes 102 2.29 (2.62) <0.001
No 190 0.86 (1.47)
Satisfaction with oral health Low 34 1.97 (2.54) 0.047
High 262 1.30 (2.01)
Reported cavities* Yes 46 1.72 (1.92) 0.034
No 237 1.27 (2.12)
Caries Yes 74 1.69 (2.19) 0.021
No 222 1.27 (2.05)
Pulp involvement Yes 31 1.77 (1.61) 0.010
No 265 1.33 (2.13)
Dental sepsis Yes 9 3.56 (4.10) 0.006
No 287 1.31 (1.97)
Poor oral health ** Yes 172 1.85 (2.29) <0.001
No 124 0.73 (1.55)
  1. * 4 children in the case of toothache experience and 13 children in the case of reported cavities replied that they “do not know” and were excluded from the analysis.
  2. ** Poor oral health is indicated by any of the following: caries, pulp involvement, current toothache, toothache experience.