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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 2007;24(2 Suppl):S319-329.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12701/yujm.2007.24.2S.S319    Published online December 31, 2007.
Usage Patterns of Oral Care Products of Dental Patients
Myung-Ok Jeung1, Pock-Soo Kang2, Kyeong-Soo Lee2, Tae-Yoon Hwang2
1Graduate School of Environment and Public Health Studies, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea
2Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea
치과병원 내원 환자들의 구강건강관리용품 사용실태와 관련요인
정명옥1, 강복수2, 이경수2, 황태윤2
1영남대학교 환경보건대학원
2영남대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실
Correspondence:  Pock-Soo Kang, Tel: (053) 620-4372, Fax: (053) 653-2061, 
Email: pskang@ynu.ac.kr
Abstract
Purpose or Background:This study was performed to identify the usage patterns of oral care products of the patients visiting a National University dental clinic. Materials and Methods:A questionnaire survey was administered to 298 patients visiting the K dental department based in Daegu during the period from December 10, 2005 through January 30, 2006.
Results
:Of total respondents, 42.3% used moderate toothbrush or soft toothbrush, 53.7% replaced their toothbrush every two or three months. Patients with periodontal diseases were aware of 2.1 devices and currently used 1 device out of 10 auxiliary oral hygiene devices recommended by dentist. Spacing patients were aware of 1.8 devices and currently use 1 device out of 3 auxiliary oral hygiene devices recommended by dentist. Patients wearing a fixed dental prosthesis were aware of 2.6 devices and currently used 1.6 devices out of 8 auxiliary oral hygiene devices. Those who received dental implant procedure were aware of 2.9 devices and currently used 1.5 devices out of 6 auxiliary oral hygiene devices. Those with orthodontic problems were aware of 2.7 devices and currently used 1.8 devices out of 6 devices, showing a higher level of awareness on oral hygiene devices. Those wearing dentures recognized 0.6 device and currently used 0.3 device out of 3, showing a lower level of awareness and usage. Of total respondents, 70.2% citied “no knowledge of oral care products” as the reason for not using any oral care product, which was followed by “no one recommended that for me” (15.8%) and “cannot be sure about efficacy” (11.4%). These findings underscore the need for recommending the use of oral care products when a patient sees the dentist. Conclusion:Given a significant association between oral health education and the use of auxiliary oral care products, it is important to promote oral health education among dental patients.
Key Words: Oral care products, Dental patients
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