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Prevention of Oral Health Disease : Knowledge and Practices among Pregnant Women in Kuantan, Pahang

Jamani, Nurjasmine Aida and Abd. Aziz, Karimah Hanim and Abllah, Zurainie (2019) Prevention of Oral Health Disease : Knowledge and Practices among Pregnant Women in Kuantan, Pahang. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES, 3 (2). pp. 923-932. ISSN 2278-4292 E-ISSN 2278-344X

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Abstract

Background: Oral disease in association of pregnancy outcome has been long researched. Most pregnant women perceived that oral disease in pregnancy are expected and considered to be normal. Objective: This study aims to evaluate the knowledge of pregnant women and their practices towards oral disease. Methods: 296 pregnant mothers were recruited from government clinics in Kuantan, Malaysia. A validated and self -administered questionnaire assessing knowledge, attitudes and practices towards oral health was used. Results were analysed by descriptive analysis, chi square test and multiple logistic regression. Results: Most respondents showed poor knowledge on oral health problem with its pregnancy outcome (66.6%) and poor attitude about dental health during pregnancy (53.4%). Half of them had good practice on oral health. Tooth cavity (46.3%) and gum bleeding (29.4%) were the commonest problem reported by them. Only one third of the mothers utilize dental service. Higher level of education was associated with better oral health practice [OR:0.02 CI (1.12,3.92)] Conclusions: Knowledge on the relationship between oral health and pregnancy outcome is still low among pregnant mothers. Utilization of dental service was also low. High level of education is proven to give better oral health care.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5696/77795
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge, practice, oral health, pregnant, Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics & Dental Public Health
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Community Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Depositing User: SR NUR FARHANA LATFI
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 10:15
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 10:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/77795

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