Relevance between oral health life practices and oral discomforts in elderly school participants in W urban-rural complex city

도농복합도시 W시 노인대학생의 구강건강생활 실천도와 구강불편감과의 관련성

  • Choi, Eun-Mi (Dept. of Dental Hygiene, Kyungdong University) ;
  • Hong, Hae-Kyung (Dept. of Dental Hygiene, Kyungdong University) ;
  • Kim, Young-Nam (Dept. of Dental Hygiene, Kyungbok University) ;
  • Cho, Min-Jin (Dept. of Dental Hygiene, Daewon University) ;
  • Kim, Dae-il (Dept. of Architectural Design, Kyungdong University)
  • 최은미 (경동대학교 치위생학과) ;
  • 홍해경 (경동대학교 치위생학과) ;
  • 김영남 (경복대학교 치위생과) ;
  • 조민진 (대원대학교 치위생과) ;
  • 김대일 (경동대학교 건축디자인학과)
  • Received : 2019.04.04
  • Accepted : 2019.06.20
  • Published : 2019.06.28


This study aims to analyze the relevance between oral health practices and oral discomforts of the elderly in an urban-rural area by surveying the elderly in welfare centers for the Elderly-continued oral health care program. The result shows that the elderly brush their teeth under regular oral care, and practice oral health life by scaling for the prevention of periodontal disease. Most of the elderly who drink alcohol have experienced implant care and tend to quit drinking after the treatment, and seemed to get their oral discomfort relieved. However, no relevance is found between implant experiences and social discomfort. Furthermore, the elderly who had bad breath expressed pronunciation, taste, pain and chewing discomfort, and social discomfort (P>.05). The educational level of the elderly did not have an impact on oral discomfort, but smoking, chewing and bad breath discomfort seemed to be related to social discomfort(P>.05). Therefore, since oral discomfort of the elderly causes social discomfort which decreases their quality of living, we recommend oral health departments of local governments to help the elderly maintain happy lives by continuing to study the practical use of reducing oral discomfort.


Oral Health;Elderly People;Chewing Discomfort;Implant;Social Discomfort

Table 1. Regular examination and oral health care practices

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Table 2. Oral health life practices according to implant experience

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Table 3. Oral discomfort according to implant experience

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Table 4. Oral discomfort according to bad breath

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Table 5. Oral discomforts according to meal discomfort

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Table 6. Trigger factors of social discomfort

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