Table 2 Factors influencing the depth of cleaning of the tongue and palate without causing nausea: univariate analysis (N = 276)

From: Cleaning the palate and tongue without nausea: a mixed methods study exploring the appropriate depth and direction of oral care

Stratification factors Palate Tongue
Cleaning depth (cm) t/F P-value Cleaning depth (cm) t/F P-value
Sex
Male 7.30 ± 1.50  − 2.698a 0.010 7.45 ± 1.50  − 2.569a 0.013
Female 6.65 ± 0.95 6.83 ± 1.00
Height
 ≥ 163.00 cm 6.83 ± 1.20 1.405a 0.161 6.93 ± 1.28 0.189a 0.850
 < 163.00 cm 6.65 ± 0.89 6.91 ± 0.88
BMI
Overweight and obese 7.19 ± 1.36 5.406b 0.005 7.37 ± 1.10   
Normal 6.72 ± 1.00 6.90 ± 1.11 6.104b 0.003
Underweight 6.32 ± 0.87 6.38 ± 0.93   
Measuring time
1st measurement 6.44 ± 1.19 104.035b  < 0.001 6.76 ± 1.21   
2nd measurement 6.77 ± 1.10 6.96 ± 1.15 33.019b  < 0.001
3rd measurement 7.03 ± 1.12 7.06 ± 1.17   
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