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Awareness of oral health and oral environmental changes of smokers and non-smokers in Gyeonggi province soldiers

김한솔 1 신보드미 2 고은주 3 김시온 4 조효선 5 박성은 6 강재경 7

1신구대학교 치위생학과
2마이엠 치과의원
3강남연세샘 치과의원
4판교우리 치과의원
5단국대학교 치과대학
6강동성심병원
7신구대학교

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Objectives : The purpose of this study was to investigate the awareness towards oral healthenvironmental changes and oral health in smokers and non-smokers in soldiers. Methods : Data were obtained from 350 soldiers serving at Unit M in Gwangju and Gyeonggi–doand ROTC candidates at University Y in Gyeonggi-do from April 28 to May 5, 2013. Collected data were analyzed by SPSS 12.0 program and a significant level was set at 0.05. Results : Non-smokers had more knowledge on tooth staining or gum diseases thansmokers(p<0.05). The awareness towards the causes of oral cancer was not much different betweenthe smokers and the non-smokers. The soldiers having dental health education tended to smoke less than those who had noeducation(p<0.05). The awareness towards individual oral health revealed no difference betweenthe smokers and the non-smokers. Non-smokers had higher subjective knowledge on of theimportance of the oral health, smoking influence on the oral health, and secondhand smokingimpact on the health(p<0.05). Conclusions : The oral health education by the dental hygienists is very important in themilitary camps. Nonsmokers tended to have higher knowledge on oral health than the non-smokers.

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