Table 4

Motivation for oral health carea
All participants Dentate participants Dentate participants not meeting ADA oral hygiene recommendations b
n = 455 n = 384 n = 288
Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Take good care of my teeth and gums 5.7 (1.4) 5.8 (1.2) 5.6 (1.2)
Floss my teeth daily 5.2 (2.0) 5.5 (1.7) 5.2 (1.8)
Brush my tongue daily 5.9 (1.7) 5.9 (1.7) 5.8 (1.7)
Brush my teeth daily 6.4 (1.4) 6.6 (1.0) 6.5 (1.1)
See a dentist in the next 6 months 5.8 (1.8) 6.1 (1.5) 6.0 (1.5)

a Each item measured on a 7 point Likert scale: 1 = not at all motivated, 4 = somewhat motivated, and 7 = very motivated.

b Defined as brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

McClure et al.

McClure et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:336   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-336

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