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Determining factors related to unmet dental needs among adolescents using Anderson Model

  • Journal of Korean society of Dental Hygiene
  • Abbr : J Korean Soc Dent Hyg
  • 2023, 23(6), pp.485-492
  • DOI : 10.13065/jksdh.20230054
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Dental Hygiene
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Dentistry
  • Received : October 27, 2023
  • Accepted : December 12, 2023
  • Published : December 30, 2023

장보명 1 정호진 2 김혜진 3 이정화 1

1동의대학교 치위생학과, 동의대학교 구강위생과학연구소
2대구과학대학교 치위생과, 동의대학교 구강위생과학연구소
3동의대학교 치위생학과

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ABSTRACT

Objectives: The purpose of this study is to identify factors related to unmet dental care needs among Korean youth, enhance the utilization of dental services by adolescents, furnish basic data for youth-oriented dental projects, and improve access to medical care. Methods: The analysis utilized combined data from the basic and oral databases from the 6th (2013–2015), 7th (2016–2018), and 1st year of the 8th (2019) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Results: The factors influencing unmet dental care needs were gender, age, household income level, and health insurance. Statistically significant results were observed in relation to the type of dental clinic, recent visits to a dental hospital, experiences of toothache within the past year, subjective oral health status, occurrences of permanent dental caries, and engagement in orthodontic treatment. Conclusions: When formulating future national policies and projects, it is imperative to consider the factors and underlying reasons for the unmet dental care needs of adolescents. It is also necessary to establish oral health policies and institutional measures tailored to the dental care of adolescents.

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