What statistical method should be used to evaluate risk factors associated with dmfs index? Evidence from the National Pathfinder Survey of 4-year-old Italian children
Solinas, Giuliana × Campus, Guglielmo Maida, Carmelo Sotgiu, Giovanni Cagetti, Maria Grazia Lesaffre, Emmanuel Castiglia, Paolo #
Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology vol:37 issue:6 pages:539-546
Traditional approaches to the analysis of dmfs/DMFS count data pose analytical challenges, considering the increasing proportion of zeroes in the distribution. The aim of this paper was to predict the probability of 'caries-free' subjects and the dependence of dmfs index on the influence of childhood sociodemographic factors, through the application of regression models.