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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 254-259

Effect of oral function problems on depression in Korean adults: Analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Department of Dental Hygiene, Catholic Kwandong University, Gangneung, Republic of Korea

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Dr. Eun Gyo Son
Department of Dental Hygiene, Catholic Kwandong University, 24, Beomil-ro 579 Beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do 25601
Republic of Korea
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_281_21

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Aim: To identify changes in oral function problems in Korean adults by comparing and analyzing changes before and after the expansion of dental health insurance across units of a 5-year period and to identify the relationship between oral health and depression. Materials and Methods: This research study used raw data from the 4th National Health and Nutrition Survey 2009, the 6th National Health and Nutrition Survey 2014, and the 8th National Health and Nutrition Survey 2019. A total of 26,193 participants aged 19 years or older were included in the study. The data were analyzed using SPSS Statistics 24.0. Results: The results showed that the application of dental health insurance helped in solving oral function problems and oral function problems that influenced depression. Conclusion: Thus, the use of oral supplements and customized education according to gender are required. In addition, although there was a difference in oral aids by year, it had an effect on chewing and speaking problems. To solve more oral function problems, it is necessary to expand the coverage of dental health insurance.

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