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Qualitative study on perception of antenatal mothers towards oral health care: In-depth interview

Ab. Halim, Noorhazayti and Md Mustafa, Md Muziman Syah and Esa, Rashidah (2018) Qualitative study on perception of antenatal mothers towards oral health care: In-depth interview. In: Medical Research Symposium 2018, 29th August 2018, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia.

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Introduction: Attending regular dental check-up is very important to pregnant women. However, many women do not utilize oral healthcare services during the antenatal period. It had been reported in Health Information Management System report (MOH, 2007) that the attendance of antenatal mothers to dental clinic were unsatisfactory. Therefore, the aim of this research was to explore the perception of antenatal mothers towards oral health care. Materials and method: In-depth interviews were carried out with a convenience sampling of 20 antenatal mothers across three government health clinics in Selangor, Malaysia. The interview using guided questions which explored participant’s oral health knowledge, attitude and practice. All interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed by thematic analysis. The interview were carried out until the saturation of information were achieved. Results: The main themes emerging from the data related to low oral health knowledge, poor attitude and oral health practices during pregnancy. Although all participants have basic knowledge of dental caries development, however, many of them unaware of the significance of preventive dental visits during pregnancy. Poor attitudes and oral health practices among antenatal mothers in this study were due to they had not received the necessary oral health information. Conclusion: Antenatal mother’s perception of oral health care crucially impacts on oral health status, continuity of utilization of oral healthcare services and hence pregnancy outcome. Their views provided a baseline information for planning and formulating appropriate oral health education and promotion strategies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: 69784/5869
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative, antenatal mothers, oral healthcare, perception, dentistry.
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Optometry and Visual Science
Depositing User: Asst Prof Noorhazayti Ab. Halim
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 10:46
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2020 09:56
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/69784

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