International Journal of Applied Dental Sciences
2018, Vol. 4 Issue 1, Part C
Assessment of knowledge and awareness level about periodontal health in pregnant women: A questionnaire study
AUTHOR(S): Rajesh KS, Anjum Ashif, Shashikanth Hedge and Arun Kumar MS
Periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are infections that if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, the initiation and progression of gingivitis and periodontitis can be caused due to factors like pregnancy.
Aim: The investigation was carried out to assess the knowledge and awareness of pregnant women about periodontal health and its effect on pregnancy outcomes.
Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out using self-administered structured questionnaire which was distributed to 100 pregnant women which consisted of 19 close ended questions related to knowledge and awareness pertaining to periodontal health during pregnancy. The questions included daily oral health practices and the changes seen in gingiva during pregnancy and also knowledge and awareness questions about the changes in oral health during pregnancy and their effect on pregnancy outcomes.
Results: The results showed that about 89% of the study population had poor knowledge, only 11% of them had good knowledge and about 75% of participants were not aware about the importance of dental check-up during pregnancy and 48% of them fear that dental treatment can affect the health of newborn.
Conclusion: The study concluded that awareness and knowledge level of periodontal health among pregnant women was low.
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How to cite this article:
Rajesh KS, Anjum Ashif, Shashikanth Hedge and Arun Kumar MS. Assessment of knowledge and awareness level about periodontal health in pregnant women: A questionnaire study. International Journal of Applied Dental Sciences. 2018; 4(1): 138-142.