Oral health literacy is major determinant of oral health, and it is significant to understand oral health literacy among adults and its related factors. This study targeted 253 visitors to dental hygiene practice laboratory in dental hygiene department of C College of health located in a metropolitan city from February to June of 2013. REALD-66, a tool for linguistic oral health literacy, was used to investigate oral health literacy. The results of this study are as follows. 1. Words that were least comprehended were hypoplasia(10.7%), enamel(10.3%), cavity(8.3%), fistula(7.5), and apicectomy(4.8%), in the order of difficulty. 2. 50.6% of the subjects scored 0-44 (not enough or low), showing grade school level of literacy. 3. Predictors of oral health literacy were usage of oral hygiene products(p=0.020), and experience of oral health education(p=0.022). The results of this study reveal poor oral health literacy among adults and encourage creating opportunities for oral health education.
2. 연구대상 및 방법
3.1. 연구대상자의 사회경제적 특징
3.2. 연구대상자의 구강건강정보 이해능력의 문항별 문해정도
3.3. 연구대상자의 REALM 기준에 따른 언어적구강건강정보 이해능력
3.4. 연구대상자의 구강건강정보 이해능력에 영향을 미치는 요인