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A Study on the Differences in Self-perceived Oral Health Levels in Workers at Seoul-Inchon Area

경인지역 근로자의 자기평가 구강건강수준 인식에 관한 연구

  • 김숙향 (한서대학교 치위생학과) ;
  • 홍민희 (한서대학교 치위생학과)
  • Received : 2011.11.08
  • Accepted : 2011.12.13
  • Published : 2011.12.31

Abstract

This study aims to determine potential differences in self-perceived oral health levels between blue-collar and white-collar workers. It is based upon questionnaire survey data dating from Mar. 1 to 30, 2011. All the data collected from 200 blue-collar workers and 100 white-collar worker was analyzed using statistical tools like SPSS ver. 19.0. Self-perceived oral health levels were analysed across three sub-factors - physical, psycho-social, and psychological factors - which were confirmed through factor analysis. The psycho-social factor was statistically significant for age and shift work. Self-perceived oral health levels across the three factors were quantitatively correlated except for psychological factors in blue-collar workers. The study found that occupational group affects workers' self-perceived oral health level. The explanatory power of these 4 variables total 51% in blue-collar group. In case of white-collar group, it was found one variable total 30%. Since oral health levels differ between blue-collar and white-collar workers, oral health promotion projects should differentiate between the two groups, and workers with an interest in their tooth for the prevention, yet negligent act because it will keep your personal oral health care in the prevention-oriented oral health promotion.

Keywords

Self-perceived Oral Health Level;Blue Collar Workers;White Collar Workers

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