Effect of the family dentist system on oral health status of children and adolescents in Busan, Korea

치과주치의 사업이 아동·청소년의 구강건강에 미친 변화: 부산지역을 중심으로

  • Received : 2013.02.04
  • Accepted : 2013.06.12
  • Published : 2013.06.30


Objectives : The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of the family dentist system on oral health status of children and adolescents of Community Children's Centers in Busan, Korea. Methods : The subjects of this study were 81 children and adolescents, 6 to 14 years old, using Community Children's Centers. The oral health survey was conducted on the subjects from the starting stage of family dentist program in 2009 to the evaluation stage in 2010. Dental health status was examined by a trained dentist according to the guideline proposed by the World Health Organization. In addition, the information on the oral health knowledge, belief, and process of dental care were obtained using questionnaires. Data were analyzed using the paired samples t-test. Results : Percentages of subjects with fissure sealants on permanent teeth and filling rate among DMF teeth of 2010 year were higher than those of 2009 year (P<0.05). However, the rate of decayed teeth among DMF teeth of 2010 year was lower than those of 2009 year (p=0.049). Conclusions : These findings showed that the family dentist system brought a positive effect on caries prevention and proper dental care of children and adolescents of the Community Children's Centers.


community children's center;family dentist system;oral health knowledge;oral health belief


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