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The Correlation among Systemic Health, Hypertension and Oral Health of Korean Adults
Int J Clin Prev Dent 2018;14(2):112-118
Published online June 30, 2018
© 2018 International Journal of Clinical Preventive Dentistry.

So Yun Heo, Eun Hee Lee

Department of Dental Hygiene, Choonhae College of Health Science, Ulsan, Korea
Correspondence to: Eun Hee Lee
Department of Dental Hygiene, Choonhae College of Health Science, 9 Daehak-gil, Ungchon-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 44965, Korea. 
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Received May 9, 2018; Revised June 8, 2018; Accepted June 18, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objective: This study was designed to evaluate and observe the relationship between oral health factors and hypertension of Korean adults.
Methods: Data of 5,155 adults over 20 years old were derived from the sixth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was conducted in 2015. The complex sample survey data analysis was performed using a statistical program. The chisquare test and logistic regression analysis were performed to evaluate the correlation between hypertension and oral health of Korean adults.
Results: The risk of hypertension was higher in lower income groups, lower education level group, old age group. Also, the frequency of drinking and obesity increased the risk of hypertension. The group without oral exam over a year, the group with mastication difficulty, the group with poor subjective oral hygiene, mastication problem, and speech problem, and the group with no use of floss, interdental brush, mouth wash, and electric tooth-brush had higher risk of prevalence of hypertension. 
Conclusion: According to the study, sociodemographic characters, and health and oral health factors affect the risk of prevalence of hypertension.
Keywords : hypertension, systemic health, oral health, periodontal disease

June 2018, 14 (2)