Influencing factors for perceived oral health for the improvement of quality of life in Korean elderly

노인의 삶의 질 향상을 위한 주관적 구강건강에 영향을 미치는 요인

Oh, Han Na;Kim, Ji Hyun

  • Received : 2016.11.01
  • Accepted : 2016.06.24
  • Published : 2016.06.30


Objectives: The purpose of the study was to investigate the influencing factors of the perceived oral health for improvement of quality of life in Korean elderly. Methods: The subjects were 1,289 elderly over 65 years old from the sixth National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2013. The dependent variable was subjective oral health status. The independent variable was sociodemographic characteristics. Results: The perceived oral health of the unemployed elderly and those having chewing problems were 1.65-fold(95% CI=1.12=2.44) and 3.45-fold(95% CI=2.37-5.02), respectively than employed and chewable elderly. The perceived oral health of the former was 2.49-fold worse(95% CI=1.73-3.60) than the latter. Conclusions: The influencing factors of perceived oral health status included occupation, perceived health status and chewing problems. To improve the oral health-related quality of life in the elderly, continuous education and hands-on programs should be provided for the elderly in the long term care.


elderly;Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination;perceived oral health;quality of life


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