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Table 2 Effect of dental visit frequency on correct identification of possible oral effects of eating disorders and positive self-perception before the intervention

From: Impact of an oral health education intervention among a group of patients with eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa)

Possible effects of eating disorders Regularly Occasionally/only if problem P value
N % N %
Tooth erosion 22 of 26 84 13 of 20 65 0.45
Probable erosion sites 10 of 26 38 4 of 20 20 0.33
Tooth sensitivity 24 of 26 92 14 of 20 70 0.37
Dry mouth 20 of 26 81 13 of 20 66 0.99
Enlarged saliva glands 16 of 26 62 8 of 20 40 0.53
Oral cancer 12 of 26 46 4 of 20 20 0.21
No pain 14 of 26 54 7 of 20 35 0.02
Positive self-perception responses
 Confidence 15 of 26 58 5 of 20 25 0.15
 Look to others 15of 26 58 3 of 20 15 0.03
 Kissing 12 of 26 46 2 of 20 10 0.04
 General health 17 of 26 65 5 of 20 25 0.01
 Attendance 7 of 26 27 2 of 20 10 0.54
 Success 7 of 26 27 4 of 20 20 0.60
 Smiling/laughing 19 of 26 73 7 of 20 35 0.12
 Looks to themselves 15 of 26 58 4 of 20 20 0.03
 Social life 10 of 26 37 3 of 20 15 0.18
 Enjoy eating 14 of 26 54 6 of 20 30 0.27
 Speech 14 of 26 54 5 of 20 25 0.10
 Choice of foods 8 of 26 30 4 of 20 20 0.17
 Enjoy Life 14 of 26 54 3 of 20 15 0.08
 Romantic relationship 10 of 26 37 1 of 20 5 0.002
 General happiness 11 of 26 42 0 of 20 0 < 0.001
 Weight 4 of 26 15 2 of 20 10 0.37