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International Poster Journal of Dentistry and Oral Medicine



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Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 18 (2016), No. 2     15. June 2016
Best Poster Award Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 18 (2016), No. 2  (15.06.2016)

Poster 990, Language: English

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Regarding Periodontal Health & Adverse Pregnancy Outcome Amongst Expecting Mothers of Pune City, Maharashtra India: a Questionnaire Study
Awareness of Pregnant Women Regarding Oral Health and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome.
Ravishankar, Chaitra Telgi / S., Wagh / Seema, C. / Naveen, M. / Harsimran, K. / Ashish, S.
"More than in any other human relationship, motherhood means being instantly interruptible, responsive and responsible." Pregnancy, being a unique time in a woman's life, is characterised by complex physiological changes that can adversely affect her oral health and the child as well. It's an opportune time to educate women about preventing dental diseases in children.
Objective: To co-relate and evaluate the attitude, practice and awareness of oral health and its outcome on the newborn amongst the expecting mothers in Pune city.
Material and methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was conducted among pregnant women, randomly selected attending various private nursing homes/clinics/hospitals in Pune (Maharashtra) city of Central India. After giving consent, patients were interviewed after regarding their demographic details, dental visits and oral hygiene habits. Data collected were then analysed statistically.
Results: The responses to questions pertaining to awareness regarding oral hygiene during pregnancy and its adverse outcome on the newborn were co-related to different educational levels, showing significant values (p < 0.017).
Conclusion: The current study emphasises the role of oral health care during pregnancy, which can be incorporated as an integral part of pre-natal care to eliminate adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Keywords: pregnancy, adverse outcomes, oral health, knowledge, attitude, oral health practices

Poster Award: Best Poster Award

36th National Annual Conference, Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
14.-16. October 2014
Indiragandhi Pratisthan, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow