Department of Dental Hygiene, Shin-han University1
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to contribute to the development of basic data for establishing and expanding the dental health centers in the future by examining the awareness of the dental health center establishment and the level of dental health knowledge in the school. Methods: A survey was conducted from April 2017 with 336 students over 10 years old in South Korea to investigate the awareness of the dental health center establishment in the school and their dental health knowledge level. The results were summarized as follows. Statistical analysis of the collected data was performed using the SPSS WIN 21.0 statistical program. Results: It was necessary to establish the dental health centers in the school with their establishment rate of 82.8%, and the reason for the establishment of the dental health center was the possibility of regular checkup with the highest at 43.6%. In the school, 62.8% answered no experience of dental health education with the highest rate. Dental health education in the school was answered to be necessary with 91.0% the most prevalent one. Factors affecting the recognition of the expected effect of establishing the dental health center in the school, it is expected that if the establishment of the oral health center is needed and the oral health education is needed in the school, And the perception of the effect is increased. Conclusions: 91% of the respondents considered that dental health education was necessary and 83% answered they needed dental hygiene. However, only 37.2% of the students experienced dental health education in the school. Therefore, it is necessary to expand the dental health center establishment, and to develop the foundation of life dental health care through regular dental examination and proper brushing education.