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(4): 248-252

Published online December 30, 2013 https://doi.org/10.11149/jkaoh.2013.37.4.248

Copyright © Journal of Korean Academy of Oral Health.

Development of a National Oral Health Screening Program

Eun-Jeong Kim1, Kwang-Hak Bae1, Se-Hwan Jung2, Bo-Hyoung Jin1

1Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, Seoul National University School of Dentistry, Seoul, 2Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, Research Institute of Oral Science, Gangneung-Wonju National University College of Dentistry, Gangneung, Korea

Received: November 7, 2013; Revised: December 10, 2013; Accepted: December 27, 2013


The National Health Screening program has been implemented in Korea since 1980. First, we had searched recent scientific evidences and verified the accuracy of the data on target oral diseases. In order to determine the validity, we searched scientific bibliographic data and concluded that dental caries and periodontal disease were major oral problems. Second, we developed new improved forms for National Oral Health Screening. To improve these forms, we reviewed previous forms and gathered expert opinions. The new forms were consistent with the examination forms given to all age groups, and information on oral health conditions, dental education needs, and post-treatment care was included in the modified forms. We then designed manuals for dentists, which contained information on the screen-ing criteria as well as consultation and patient education guidelines. The manuals were divided into three parts, including explanation of the screening criteria, standard of the decision, and education and con-sultation guidelines. By using these new and modified National Oral Health Screening forms, we expect an improvement in the National Oral Health Screening Program and enhancement in the oral health condition of patients.

Keywords: Adult, Counseling, Infant, Oral health, Tooth diseases