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Oral health–related quality of life according to oral health behavior and awareness of middle school students in some regions

  • Journal of Korean society of Dental Hygiene
  • Abbr : J Korean Soc Dent Hyg
  • 2013, 13(2), pp.305-313
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Dental Hygiene
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Dentistry

박정희 1 LEE MYEONG JU 1 Goo Hyo Jin 1

1마산대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives : This study has attempted to investigate subjective oral health awareness, oral health behavior and analyze how the results are correlated with oral health-related quality of life against middle school students. Methods : A self-administered questionnaire survey was performed against 552students from three middle schools in Changwon. A frequent analysis was conducted on research subjects’ general characteristics, oral health awareness,oral health behavior. In addition, t-test and ANOVA were carried out to analyze oral health-related quality of life by the general characteristics, oral health awareness and oral health behavior. Results : In terms of oral health-related quality of life by general characteristics,the quality of life on oral symptoms was higher at lower school grades (p〈0.05). In terms of social welfare, oral health-related quality of life was higher as parents’ monthly income increased (p〈0.05). Oral health-related quality of life was high in oral symptoms when there was no interest in oral health, in functional limitation, emotional welfare and social welfare when there is some oral health-related knowledge (p〈0.05) and in all sub categories when oral conditions are healthy (p〈0.05). Conclusions : The results of this study has come up with important information for improvement of oral health-related quality of life in middle school students by investigating the correlations between oral health awareness and oral health-related quality of life.

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