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Table 2 Oral health characteristics and their associations with indicators of severe DNSI

From: Factors associated with severe deep neck space infections: targeting multiple fronts

Oral health characteristic N (%) OR I&D Post-op ICU LOS > 3d
Tooth status   0.71 0.47 0.70
Teeth present 22 (88) 14 (64) 10 (46) 15 (68)
Edentulous 3 (12) 2 (67) 2 (67) 2 (68)
Tonsil status   0.03 0.55 0.12
Absent 7 (28) 2 (29) 3 (43) 3 (43)
Present 18 (72) 12 (78) 9 (50) 14 (78)
Tooth brushing   0.29 0.12 0.70
Non-daily 3 (12) 1 (33) 0 (0) 2 (67)
Daily 22 (88) 15 (68) 12 (55) 15 (68)
Dental flossing   0.39 0.54 0.48
Non-daily 20 (80) 12 (60) 10 (50) 13 (65)
Daily 5 (20) 4 (80) 2 (40) 4 (80)
Dental visits   0.33 0.82 0.50
Less than yearly 14 (56) 10 (71) 7 (50) 10 (72)
Yearly or more 11 (44) 6 (55) 5 (46) 7 (64)
Recent dental procedure   0.06 0.44 0.37
None 16 (64) 8 (50) 7 (44) 10 (63)
Within 2 weeks of DNSI 9 (36) 8 (89) 5 (56) 7 (78)
  1. Abbreviations: N, number; OR, operating room; I&D, incision and drainage; Post-op, post-operative; ICU, intensive care unit; LOS, length of hospital stay; d, days; DNSI, deep neck space infection.
  2. Legend: brackets, percentage; bold, statistical significance.
  3. Data given as: p-value.
  4. number (percent).
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