Job Satisfaction of Dental Hygienists According to Recognition of Light Curing Composite Resin Filling and Sealant by the National Health Insurance Coverage

Hye-Young Mun1   Eun-Ae Kim1   Ji-Eun Kim1   Youn-Hyung Yang1   Yeon- Kyeong Lee1   Mi-Kyoung Jun2,*   

1Department of Dental Hygiene, Dongnam Health University, Suwon 16328, Korea
2Sae-e Dental Clinic, 109-8, Songwon-ro, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 16294, Korea


Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the recognition of light curing composite resin filling and sealant by national health insurance coverage and identify differences in the job satisfaction of dental hygienists. Methods: A self-reported online questionnaire (Google form) was distributed to dental hygienists currently working in dentistry who consented to participate in the study. A total of 214 questionnaires were analyzed. Results: “The increase in health benefits at low prices” contributed the most (64%) to satisfaction with the conversion of light curing composite resin's medical expenses. The factor most affecting satisfaction with the implementation of pits and fissure sealing was the increase in health coverage at low prices (48.6%). Finally, job satisfaction was the highest among dental hygienists who wanted to expand national health insurance coverage items. Conclusions: Dental hygienists were found to be satisfied with the coverage of light curing composite resin filling and sealant. The expansion of coverage items among dental hygienists' work is an opportunity to improve job satisfaction among dental hygienists.

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