Effect of Adult's Taste Recognition Threshold and Salivary Flow Amount on DMFT and OHIP-14 depending on Oral Health Behavior

성인의 구강보건행태에 따른 미각인지역치, 타액분비량이 DMFT, OHIP-14에 미치는 영향

  • Kim, Gi-Ug (Dept. of Dental Hygiene, Pohang University) ;
  • Min, Kyung-Jin (Dept. of Public Health Graduate School Kemyung University)
  • 김기욱 (포항대학교 치위생과) ;
  • 민경진 (계명대학교 공중보건학과)
  • Received : 2013.02.22
  • Accepted : 2013.05.09
  • Published : 2013.05.31


The purpose of this study was to measure using a six-step solution for taste recognition threshold and using a Wet-Test for salivary flow amount of the adults who reside in Daegu area and are more than their 40's old to find out the relationship between DMFT index and OHIP-14. The study result revealed that the practice of oral health gave an effect to taste recognition threshold, dietary habit gave an effect to salivary flow amount, and sweet and sour taste of taste recognition threshold and salivary flow amount gave effects to the DMFT index. Therefore, it was found that the person with good practice of oral health and dietary habit had good taste, salivary flow amount and DMFT index. According to this result, it is necessary to increase the practice of oral health, increase the sensitivity to taste recognition threshold, improve dietary habit, increase salivary flow amount and decrease DMFT index in order to improve OHIP-14. Dietary habit education has been performed without the evaluation on the individual's level of taste recognition threshold. Therefore, it is necessary to develop the education program to measure and notify the taste recognition threshold in the oral health education so that individual can adjust it by himself.


DMFT;OHIP-14;Oral Health Behavior;Salivary flow;Taste


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