JKAOH Journal of Korean Academy of Oral Health

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Journal of Korean Academy of Oral Health 2017; 41(2): 116-121

Published online June 30, 2017 https://doi.org/10.11149/jkaoh.2017.41.2.116

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The relationship between pit and fissure sealant (PFS) experience and the socio-economic factors of adolescents before and after coverage by National Health Insurance (NHI)

Jin-Sun Choi, Deok-Young Park, Se-Hwan Jung

Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Research Institute of Oral Science, Gangneung, Korea

Received: March 13, 2017; Revised: April 17, 2017; Accepted: April 23, 2017

Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to review the relationship between pit and fissure sealant (PFS) experience and the socio-economic factors of adolescents before and after coverage by National Health Insurance (NHI).Methods: Our sources were the Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Surveys from 2008 and 2014. The variables used were PFS experience, demographic factors, socio-economic factors, and oral health-related behaviors.Results: PFS experience was higher in 2014 than in 2008. The relationship between PFS experience and socio-economic factors was significant in both 2008 and 2014. Although the inequity of PFS experi-ence among adolescents was reduced as PFS was included in NHI coverage, a disparity still exists.Conclusions: Even after NHI coverage included PFS, the policies to reduce the inequity of PFS experi-ences among adolescents should be further devised. In addition, a longitudinal study is recommended to determine the relationship between PFS experience and various socio-economic or behavioral fac-tors.

Keywords: Korea youth risk behavior web-based survey, National Health Insurance, Pit and fissure sealant, Socio-economic factors