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The Association between Parents’ Oral Examination and Dental Clinic Use and Their Children’s Oral Examination and Dental Clinic Use
Int J Clin Prev Dent 2019;15(4):206-214
Published online December 31, 2019;  https://doi.org/10.15236/ijcpd.2019.15.4.206
© 2019 International Journal of Clinical Preventive Dentistry.

Hyo-Jeong Park1, In-Young Ku2, Jong-Ae Chun2

1Department of Dental Hygiene, Yeungnam University College, Daegu, 2Department of Dental Hygiene, Kyungwoon University, Gumi, Korea
Received November 20, 2019; Revised December 11, 2019; Accepted December 13, 2019.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine the association between parents’ oral examination and dental clinic use and their children’s oral examination and dental clinic use and suggest parents’ roles in improving oral health of their children.
Methods: The data concerning elementary and secondary school students aged between 7 and 18 who had a parent or parents were selected among those from the 2017 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the data from 572 respondents were finally analyzed, with the exception of missing data. IDs of the selected children were matched with those of their parents.
Results: A total of 88.9% of the children whose father was a dental clinic user were dental clinic users (p=0.001) and 89.8% of those whose mother was a dental clinic user were dental clinic users (p=0.002). A total of 96.9% of the children whose single mother was in her thirties were slightly more likely to use a dental clinic (p=0.021).
Conclusions: The more likely parents were to use a dental clinic, the more likely their children were to use a dental clinic because parents’ good knowledge and awareness of dental and oral care makes it easier for their children to use a dental clinic. It is however necessary to conduct institutional research on how to make it easy for single parents to take oral examination and use a dental clinic so that their children can benefit from oral examination and dental clinic use.
Keywords : oral examination, dental clinic use, parents, single parent
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