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Table 3 Oral health knowledge by sex

From: Modeling the theory of planned behavior to predict adults’ intentions to improve oral health behaviors

Question Male N (%) Female N (%)
  Correct Incorrect Correct Incorrect
For tooth health, it matters how often you eat sugary foods (like candy) 376 (90.2) 41 (9.8) 808 (88.7) 103 (11.3)
To prevent dental caries, it is insufficient to only brush the crown cover 359 (86.1) 58 (13.9) 795 (87.3) 116 (12.7)
When brushing your teeth, it is important to put little pressure on the toothbrush 249 (59.7) 168 (40.3) 505 (55.4) 406 (44.6)
To prevent dental caries, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day 334 (80.1) 83 (19.9) 715 (78.5) 196 (21.5)
For tooth health, it doesn’t matter if you use the same toothbrush for a long time 245 (58.8) 172 (41.2) 548 (60.2) 363 (39.8)
Gum inflammation can disappear by itself 279 (66.9) 138 (33.1) 697 (76.5) 214 (23.5)
Gum bleeding is a sign of gum disease 297 (71.2) 120 (28.8) 624 (68.5) 287 (31.5)
To prevent gum inflammation, you also have to clean between your teeth 355 (85.1) 62 (14.9) 798 (87.6) 113 (12.4)
Bad breath can be caused by gum disease 359(86.1) 58 (13.9) 806 (88.5) 105 (11.5)
Brushing your teeth before breakfast and before going to bed will enhance its preventive efficacy 388(93) 29 (7) 852(93.5) 59 (6.5)
If your gum does not bleed while brushing your teeth, there is nothing wrong with them 111(26.6) 306 (73.4) 203 (22.3) 708 (77.7)