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Factors associated with unmet dental care needs among the older adults in Korea

  • Journal of Korean society of Dental Hygiene
  • Abbr : J Korean Soc Dent Hyg
  • 2023, 23(3), pp.183-188
  • DOI : 10.13065/jksdh.20230020
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Dental Hygiene
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Dentistry
  • Received : May 21, 2023
  • Accepted : June 9, 2023
  • Published : June 30, 2023

Lim, sun-a 1

1송원대학교 치위생학과

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ABSTRACT

Objectives: To analyze the factors associated with unmet dental care needs among the older adults in Korea, raw data from the 7th National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used, with a total of 2,494 participants. Methods: Using IBM SPSS Statistics 21.0, a cross-analysis was conducted for general and oral health characteristics, and complex sample multiple logistic regression analysis was conducted for factors related to unmet dental care needs. Results: Regarding factors related to unmet dental care needs, oral health was bad at 1.905 and usually 1.280 times. Unmet dental care needs were high, with an experience of toothache of 1.311 times and chewing difficulty of 2.693 times. Unmet dental care needs were low in dental clinics (0.156) and implants (0.726). Conclusions: Considering the above results, establish plans and goals to improve the unmet dental care needs of the older adults and developing and utilizing a customized oral health management program for the older adults are necessary.

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