Prenatal Oral Health Care and Dental Service Utilization by Pregnant Women: A Survey in Four Maternity Centers of Gulshan Town, District East, Karachi

Faiza Abdul Sattar                 BDS, MPH

Ali Hussain Khan                   BDS, MSc

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate self-reported oral health status, investigate the factors responsible for lack of pregnant women utilization of dental services and assess their vulnerability todevelop of oral diseases.
METHODOLOGY: In this cross-sectional study, 183 pregnant women were recruited by systemic sampling technique from four maternity centers ofKarachi. The study participants filled out structured questionnaires, followed by oral examination. For data analysischi-square and binary logistic regression were used with the help of SPSS version 21.
RESULTS: The age and monthly income of pregnant women showed statistically significant relationship with self-reported oral health status (p<0.05), whereas level of education showed statistically significant relationship with dental service utilization (p<0.05).Most common symptoms were dentine hyper-sensitivity (38.2%), dental caries (12.5%), halitosis (31.1%) and pain (20.7%).
CONCLUSION: Financial barriers and training were found to be the primary factors for lack of utilization of dental services
KEYWORDS: Oral health status, pregnancy, dental services, oral disease
HOW TO CITE: Sattar FA, Khan AH. Prenatal Oral health care and dental service utilization by pregnant women: A survey in four maternity centers of gulshan town, district east, karachi. J Pak Dent Assoc 2020;29(2):60-65.
Received: 15 February 2019, Accepted: 27 January 2020

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