Research Article - Current Pediatric Research (2017) Volume 21, Issue 4
Study on DMFT related factors in some adolescents.
Objective: The objective of this study is to analyze the effects of oral health care behaviors on decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) in some Korean adolescents. Methods: For this study, the data of the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) VI-3 (2015) were used. The study subjects included a total of 463 adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. The data were analyzed with the SPSS program. For general and oral-related characteristics, descriptive statistics and for determination of the relationship, the correlation analysis and multiple regression analysis were performed. Results: The DMFT index tended to change with age, income level which was found to be an important factor affecting DMFT. In addition, sex, age, BMI, income level, tooth brushing, floss, interdental brush, gargle was significant in the correlation analysis between DMFT and each items. Conclusions: Dental caries, one of the major oral diseases, is active in adolescence and it is very important to form oral care habits at this time and develop oral care programs based on the findings.Author(s): Yu-Hee Lee, Jung-Ok Choi