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Table 2 Demographic and oral health-related characteristics of North Korean defectors in South Korea (N = No. of participants, % = percent)

From: The association between oral health literacy and oral health behaviors in North Korean defectors: a cross-sectional study

  Variables Categories N = 123 %
Demographics Sex Male 42 34.2
Female 81 65.8
Age 19–39 45 36.6
40–59 62 50.4
60–80 16 13.0
Education ≤ Primary school 19 15.5
Middle school 22 17.9
High school 58 47.1
≥ College 24 19.5
Income
[Units: 10,000 KRW]
≤ 99 66 53.7
100–199 40 32.5
≥ 200 17 13.8
Occupation Yes 66 53.7
No 57 46.3
Marital status Single 45 36.6
Married 78 63.4
Years living in South Korea <  7 58 47.2
≥ 7 65 52.8
Number of diseases 0 42 34.1
1 38 30.9
2 19 15.5
≥ 3 24 19.5
Private insurance Yes 50 40.7
No 73 59.3
Oral health Perceived oral health status Good 14 11.4
Normal 49 39.8
Poor 60 47.8
Interest in perceived oral health status Good 60 48.8
Normal 43 35.0
Poor 20 16.2
Tooth brushing 1 15 12.2
2 42 34.2
≥ 3 66 53.6
Use of dental products 1 10 8.1
2 64 52.0
≥ 3 49 39.9
Dental care utilization Yes 63 51.2
No 60 48.8
  1. KRW South Korean won