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 2017; 41(2): 80-89

Published online June 30, 2017 https://doi.org/10.11149/jkaoh.2017.41.2.80

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Relationship between work loss due to oral diseases and self-perceived oral health status among workers

Jung-Rok Song1, Cha-Young Lim2, Heung-Soo Lee1

1Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Iksan, 2Department of Dental Hygiene, Vision College of Jeonju, Jeonju, Korea

Received: February 17, 2017; Revised: April 6, 2017; Accepted: May 12, 2017

Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the work loss caused by oral diseases of workers and their subjective self-perceived oral health status. The study focused on the relationship be-tween work loss due to oral diseases and self-perceived oral health status. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted. The sample consisted of 550 workers who resided in Ansan City and Gwacheon City. The data were collected from a self-reported questionnaire survey. Results: The percentage of workers that were absent from the workplace due to oral diseases in the past year was 4.8%, and the average of days of absence from the workplace per worker was 0.1 day. Most of the workers (41.1%) answered “average” for the self-perceived oral health status. However, there were more workers that answered “not healthy” than workers that answered “healthy” for the self-perceived oral health status. The percentage of workers that felt the need for dental treatment because of the presence of oral diseases was 59.5%. There was a statistically significant relationship between the work loss due to oral diseases and the subjective self-perceived oral health status. Conclusions: Work loss due to oral diseases and subjective self-perceived oral health status should be periodically assessed for use as basic data for the development of oral health-promotion policies for workers.

Keywords: Disability, Oral health, Perception, Worker