Dental fear and related factors of dental hygienists using analysis on dental fear survey

Dental Fear Survey 척도를 이용한 치과위생사들의 치과공포감 및 관련요인

Lee, Jae-Ra;Hong, Sun-Hwa;Hwang, Gab-Woon;Kim, Seo-Yeon

  • Received : 2016.01.28
  • Accepted : 2016.06.09
  • Published : 2016.06.30


Objectives: The purpose of the study is to investigate the dental fear and related factors of dental hygienists using dental fear survey. Methods: A self-reported questionnaire was completed by 279 dental hygienists from January 15 to March 28, 2015. The study instrument was dental fear survey. Data were analyzed using SPSS 19.0 program by t-test, one way ANOVA and stepwise multiple regression analysis. The questionnaire included general characteristics of the subjects, subjective oral health status, use of dental care services, subjective oral health status, and recent dental treatment. Results: Alcohol consumption was the most influential factor to the dental fear. The subjective status of oral health and direct pain sense also contributed to the dental fear. Conclusions: To reduce the dental fear, it is important to have high confidence toward the dental treatment performance in the dental hygienists.


dental fear survey;dental hygienist;subjective of oral health status


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