The purpose of this study was to examine the awareness of adult patients visiting dental clinics about periodontal diseases. The subjects in this study were 204 patients who paid a visit to five dental clinics and a dental hospital in the region of Jeonju. After a survey was conducted, the results were obtained as follows: 1. With regard to toothbrushing method, the most of the male patients(43.8%) brushed their teeth by rolling the toothbrushes up and down, and the most of the female patients(46.1%) did that both up and down and right and left. As to the influence of smoking, the largest number of the smokers(50.0%) and nonsmokers(40.4%) brushed their teeth both up and down and right and left. statistically significant differences were shown by gender and smoking(p<0.05). 2. As for knowledge acquisition route on periodontal diseases by gender, there was no way for the men(38.2%) to get the information, and the largest number of the women (43.4%) acquired the information through the internet. With respect to smoking, the largest numbers of the smokers(38.2%) and nonsmokers(37.5%) got the information by the internet, and statistically significant differences were found (p<0.05). 3. Concerning treatment method of periodontal diseases provided by the dental clinic, the largest number of the men(33.7%) got their teeth scaled, and the greatest group of the women(29.6%) had their gums treated. The treatment method made statistically significant differences by gender (p<0.05). Regarding smoking, the largest group of the smokers(32.4%) had their teeth scaled, and the largest number of the nonsmokers(28.7%) got their gums treated. significant differences were made statistically by smoking (p<0.05). 4. As to instruction on the prevention of periodontal diseases, the largest group(63.2%) intended to take that. The second (23.0%) was eager to do it, and the third(13.8%) was unwilling to do it.
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