Table 3.

Differences in knowledge of oral and physical cues of eating disorders among dentists and dental hygienists (dentists n=207, dental hygienists n=369)

Knowledge Scoresp-value
VariablePractitionerLow f (%)High f (%)
*Tests are significant if p<.05.
†Sum score between 0–9; scores from 0–6 indicate low knowledge; scores between 7–9 indicate high knowledge.
‡Sum score between 0–8; scores from 0–5 indicate low knowledge; scores between 6–8 indicate high knowledge.
Oral cues regarding disordered eating behaviors†Dentists174 (84.1)33 (15.9).001*
Hygienists265 (71.8)104 (28.2)
Physical cues of anorexia nervosa‡Dentists181 (87.4)26 (12.6).010*
Hygienists291 (78.9)78 (21.1)
Physical cues of bulimia nervosa‡Dentists206 (99.5)1 (.05).002*
Hygienists348 (94.3)21 (5.7)