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Oral Health of Korean Patients With Head and Neck Cancer
Journal of Cancer Prevention 2018;23:77-81
Published online June 30, 2018
© 2018 Korean Society of Cancer Prevention.

Young-Seok Kim1, Yun-Sook Jung2, Bo-Kyoung Kim3, Eun-Kyong Kim1

1Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Science & Technology, Kyungpook National University, Sangju, 2Department of Preventive Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 3Department of Dental Science, Yonsei University Graduate School, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Eun-Kyong Kim
Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Science & Technology, Kyungpook National University, 2559 Gyeongsang-daero, Sangju 37224, Korea
Tel: +82-54-530-1423, Fax: +82-54-530-1429, E-mail: jinha01@naver.com, ORCID: Eun-Kyong Kim, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9582-1415
Received June 9, 2018; Revised June 18, 2018; Accepted June 20, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Background: Association between periodontitis and of head and neck carcinoma was suggested. In the present study, we evaluated theoral health status of patients with head and neck carcinoma and analyzed the relationship between cancer characteristics and oral health.
Methods: Oral health of 40 patients with head and neck carcinoma was examined. Decayed teeth, missing teeth, plaque index, gingival index, and probing depth were measured. Cancer type and site were recorded based on the patients’ medical records.
Results: The average age of participants was 60.10 ± 8.99 years, and 35 of participants were male. The decay or missing teeth index was 5.43 ± 5.57, and the plaque index, gingival index, and probing depth were 1.37 ± 1.03, 1.57 ± 0.84, and 4.13 ± 1.45, respectively. These indexes showed no significant difference according to the type or site of cancer (P 竊 0.05).
Conclusions: This study showed that there was no correlation between oral health parameters and characteristics of head and neck carcinoma.
Keywords : Oral health, Head and neck cancer, Periodontal diseases


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