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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of participants

From: Impact of treating dental caries on schoolchildren’s anthropometric, dental, satisfaction and appetite outcomes: a randomized controlled trial

Characteristic Early treatment (Test), n = 42 Regular treatment (Controls), n = 44 P
Age (months)    
 Mean (SD) 81.4(4.7) 82.0(4.6) 0.45
Sex, n (%)    
 Male 16(38.1) 16(36.4) 0.83
 Female 26(61.9) 28(63.6)  
Father’s educational level, n (%)    
Illiterate/Primary school 4(9.6) 3(6.8) 0.88
Secondary/High school 29(69.0) 32(72.7)  
University/postgraduate 9(21.4) 9(20.5)  
Mother’s educational level, n (%)    
Illiterate/Primary school 20(47.6) 11(25.0) 0.04
Secondary/High school 16(38.1) 23(52.3)  
University/postgraduate 6(14.3) 10(22.7)  
Family income, n (%)    
<7000 Reyals Saudi Reyal 10(23.8) 9(20.5) 0.61
7001-10000 Reyals 16(38.1) 16(36.3)  
>10000 Reyals 16(38.1) 19(43.2)  
Mean height ‘cm’ (SD) 115.16(4.64) 115.29(4.67) 0.74
Mean weight ‘kg’ (SD) 19.54(2.62) 20.00(2.17) 0.48
Mean HAZ (SD) −0.89(0.84) −0.92(0.83) 0.94
Mean WAZ (SD) −0.93(0.98) −0.78(0.80) 0.64
Mean BAZ(SD) −0.58(1.07) −0.32(0.76) 0.34
Dental pain, n (%)    
Yes 9(21.4) 14(31.8) 0.39
No 33(78.6) 30(68.2)  
Dental sepsis, n (%)    
Yes 9(21.4) 11(25.0) 0.89
No 33(78.6) 33(75.0)  
Satisfaction, n (%)    
Satisfied 24(57.1) 26(59.1) 0.85
Dissatisfied 18(42.9) 18(40.9)  
Child’s appetite, n (%)    
1 (High) 6(14.3) 11(25.0) 0.03
2 17(40.5) 23(52.3)  
3 (Low) 19(45.2) 10(22.7)  
Mean Hb (g/dl) (SD) 12.4(0.96) 12.5(0.79) 0.37
Low birth weight, n (%)    
Yes 12(28.6) 17(38.7) 0.82
No 30(71.4) 27(61.3)  
Median of pulpal involvement 6.0 6.0 0.91
Median dmft 9.5 9.0 0.86