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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1042-1046

Knowledge and experience of women about dental services utilization during pregnancy: A cross-sectional questionnaire study


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Government Dental College and Hospital, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Intern, Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
4 Department of Dental, New Janapriya Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
5 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Meghna Institute of Dental Sciences, Nizambad, Telangana, India
6 BDS Doctor, 9906 Scripps Westview Way Unit 168 Sandigo, California, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ramesh Kumar Koothati
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Government Dental College and Hospital, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.jpbs_281_21

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Aim of the Study: The present study was aimed to assess the knowledge and experience of women about dental services utilization during pregnancy. Methodology: A hospital-based, cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted among 300 women of age between 18 and 45 years who attended Malla Reddy Dental Hospital during 3 months period from October 2019 to December 2019. A questionnaire was distributed to all the participants who had given consent to participate in the study. Results: Only 30.7% of the participants attended for dental checkup during their pregnancy. Among them, most of the people (52%) had visited dentist for toothache, followed by gum care (29.34%) and regular checkup (18.47%). Most of the subjects (69.3%) did not use dental services as they were unaware of dental checkup during pregnancy. A significant difference was found between the urban and rural participants regarding the visit to the dentist during pregnancy (P = 0.000, Chi-square value = 19.157). Conclusion: Most of the women unaware of dental checkup during pregnancy. They were also not sure aware of dental treatments which can be done during pregnancy and consequences of poor oral hygiene on pregnancy outcome.


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