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Association between Dental Treatment, Quality of Life, and Activity Limitation According to Masticatory Discomfort: Evidence from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2013–2015)

Department of Dental Hygiene, Silla University, 140 Baegyang-daero 700 Beon-gil, Sasang-gu, Busan 46958, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 547; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020547
Received: 17 December 2019 / Revised: 13 January 2020 / Accepted: 13 January 2020 / Published: 15 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
People with masticatory discomfort are unable to consume a balanced diet, which impacts their general health. We studied the relationship between quality of life and dental care associated with masticatory discomfort. Data from Korea’s representative 6th Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) were used. Complex sampling analysis with the stratification variable, clustering variable, and weight was applied. Demographic and dental treatment characteristics and activity limitations were compared through chi-square tests. The comparison of quality of life according to masticatory discomfort was performed using linear regression. The risk of masticatory discomfort was high in people who did not undergo regular oral examinations and preventive and definitive caries treatment and in those who received periodontal, surgical, endodontic, or prosthetic treatments. Generally, people with masticatory discomfort engaged in less activity owing to other disorders like arthritis, rheumatism, and back, neck, and oral disease. People with masticatory discomfort scored low on quality of life. People who received regular oral examinations and preventive care had a low level of masticatory discomfort, and the treated persons had high masticatory discomfort. Therefore, in order to reduce masticatory discomfort, more diverse and active care should be provided for prevention, specifically regular oral examinations. View Full-Text
Keywords: health; mastication; oral health; quality of life health; mastication; oral health; quality of life
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Kang, H.-K.; Kim, Y.-R. Association between Dental Treatment, Quality of Life, and Activity Limitation According to Masticatory Discomfort: Evidence from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2013–2015). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 547.

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