JKAOH Journal of Korean Academy of Oral Health

ISSN(Print) 1225-388X ISSN(Online) 2093-7784

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Journal of Korean Academy of Oral Health 2013; 37(1): 16-24

Published online March 30, 2013 https://doi.org/10.11149/jkaoh.2013.37.1.16

Copyright © Journal of Korean Academy of Oral Health.

Oral health knowledge and behavior among nursing home employees in Seoul, Korea

Nam-In Cho1, So-Young Park1,3, Heung-Soo Lee1,2, Hyo-Won Oh1,2

1Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentisty, Wonkwang University College of Dentistry, 2Institute of Biomaterials·Implant and Institue of Wonkwang Dental Research, Iksan, 3Department of Dental Hygiene, Byuksung College, Gimje, Korea

Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to analyze the level of knowledge on oral health and oral health behavior among nursing home employees.
Methods: A self-reported survey was conducted for 480 workers in nursing care and residential care facilities for the elderly in Seoul, Korea.
Results: The results showed that nursing home employees had more knowledge about denture management than about periodontal diseases. The perception of their own oral health and their level of concern about oral health were different among employees depending on their marital status, job tenure, and income. The average frequency of tooth brushing was 3.05 times per day. Employees with higher income visited the dentist more often.
Conclusions: Oral health education should be improved so that nursing home employees have the desirable level of knowledge about oral health and exhibit appropriate oral health behavior.

Keywords: Elderly, Employee, Nursing home, Oral health behavior