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Abstract

ASSESSMENT OF ORAL HEALTH AWARENESS AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN IN CHENNAI - A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY

Selwin Gabriel Samuel*, Arun Raj D., Dr. Manimegalai A.G., Dr. Sujatha A., Dr. Rajkumari S.

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Background: Scientific knowledge about oral health among pregnant women determines their oral health status which in turn promotes the health of the offspring. Exploration of scientific literature revealed limited studies assessing the oral health awareness among pregnant women in India. Objectives: The aim of the present study was to assess the oral health awareness among pregnant women in Chennai based on their educational status. Materials and methods: One hundred and sixty pregnant women were randomly selected for the present crosssectional study. A self-designed and pretested questionnaire was used for evaluating oral health awareness among the study participants. The questionnaire responses were tested for statistical significance based on their educational status using chi-square test. Results: There was statistically significant difference in the awareness regarding mouth rinsing, gum problems, adverse effects of medications and radiation exposure among uneducated, fairly educated and well educated pregnant woman. Conclusion: The level of awareness about oral health was better among educated pregnant women when compared with uneducated or fairly educated pregnant women. Gynaecologists should emphasize the importance of oral health to pregnant women during the antenatal visits and necessitate regular dental examination through referrals to dental professionals.

Keywords: Awareness, Educational status, Oral health, Pregnant women.


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