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Symptoms of Oral Mucosal Diseases and Vocational Preference Inventory
J Oral Med Pain 2018;43:8-15
Published online March 30, 2018
© 2018 Korean Academy of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

Hye Sook Park

Department of Dental Technology, Shingu College, Seongnam, Korea
Correspondence to: Hye Sook Park
Department of Dental Technology, Shingu College, 377 Gwangmyeongro, Jungwon-gu, Seongnam 13174, Korea
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Received February 3, 2018; Revised February 3, 2018; Accepted March 7, 2018.
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the association of vocational interest and personality with oral mucosal diseases.
Methods: Three hundred and fifty eight college students in Gyeonggi-do completed Vocational Preference Inventory L form and a questionnaire and collected data were analyzed by R program.
Results: The prevalence of symptoms of oral mucosal diseases showed no significant difference among six vocational personality types. Compared to subjects with good or fair general health status, a significantly increased percentage of subjects with bad general health status showed herpetic stomatitis (p<0.01), oral malodor (p<0.01), and glossodynia (p<0.0001). Prevalence of taste disturbance increased significantly as the score of emotional instability (β=0.0438, p=0.0082), anxiety (β=0.038, p=0.0174), angry hostility (β=0.0398, p=0.0061), depression (β=0.0443, p=0.0035), and impulsiveness (β=0.0358, p=0.0186) increased. Subjects who strongly felt oral malodor revealed significantly higher mean scales of scores of anxiety and angry hostility than subjects who did not feel oral malodor (p<0.05). Subjects who strongly felt oral malodor manifested significantly higher mean scales of scores of anxiety than subjects who slightly felt oral malodor (p<0.05).
Conclusions: Taste disturbance was affected by emotional instability, anxiety, angry hostility, depression, and impulsiveness. Oral malodor was related to anxiety and angry hostility. Therefore, psychological aspects of taste disturbance and oral malodor could be evaluated by Vocational Preference Inventory L form.
Keywords : Oral malodor; Oral mucosal diseases; Personality factor; Taste disturbance; Vocational preference inventory

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