Original Article

Comparison of the general health status and oral health status between inexperienced and experienced groups of recent dental preventive treatment: The Seventh Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2016-2017

Yu-Rin Kim*   

1Department of Dental Hygiene, Silla University

Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to compare the general health status and oral health status based on periodical dental preventive experience, and to find methods for regular dental prophylaxis, using the data obtained from the 7th National Health and Nutrition Survey. Methods: This study was performed using data collected from the 7th National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES). A total of 9,015 participants were selected for the study. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 21.0, with data obtained from a complex sampling design, and a significance level of 0.05 was set. General characteristics of the participants, oral health status, and recent preventive dental treatment were examined for a complex sampling frequency analysis, and the differences in distribution were analyzed using chi-square test. Results: The group that recently under went dental prophylaxis, when compared to the group that had not under gone dental prophylaxis recently, reported several ‘no obstacles’ for all items of the EQ-5D (p<0.05). Moreover, the group that recently underwent dental prophylaxis used all the oral care products (p<0.05). Conclusions: It is necessary to actively expand institutional supervision so that regular dental preventive measures can be undertaken to promote oral health that affects general health.

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