Self-reported Oral and Dental Health Status among the Pregnant Women of a Selected Hospital in Dhaka City

  • MR Hassan Doctoral Fellow, Division of Clinical Cariology and Endodontology, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido
  • AB Dithi Doctoral Fellow, Division of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido
  • NA Nomann Doctoral Fellow, Division of Clinical Cariology and Endodontology, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido
  • J Nessa Associate Professor & Head, Department of Preventive & Children Dentistry, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka
  • T Saito Division of Clinical Cariology and Endodontology, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido
Keywords: Pregnancy, Oral hygiene, Dental knowledge

Abstract

Aims: The aims of this study were to gain an understanding of pregnant women s oral hygiene practices and to assess the oral and dental health status.

Materials and Methods: A semi - structured questionnaire was completed by 100 pregnant women of the gynecology department of Dr. Akhter Jahan Mirza Hospital, Dhaka.

Results: The women in this study 40% were in 19-22 years age group. Forty eight percent (48%) women of the subjects were having up to high school level education & 28% had low income of Sixty Thousand to One Lac taka yearly. In relation to oral hygiene habit before pregnancy majority of the women (56%) stated that they brush their teeth once a day, 19% use dental floss and 14% use mouth rinse once a day. During pregnancy women seemed to be slightly more concerned about oral hygiene but not significantly. Only 66% brush their teeth and 17% floss their teeth and 18% use mouth rinse once a day during pregnancy. The major problem in their mouth noticed by the women during pregnancy was bleeding gums (58%).

Conclusion: This study feels the necessity of giving special attention to pregnant women s oral health in Bangladesh. Women should be educated on good oral hygiene practices so as to minimize prevalence of poor maternal oral health during pregnancy.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/bjdre.v4i2.20251

Bangladesh Journal of Dental Research and Education Vol.4(2) 2014: 61-64

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Hassan, M., Dithi, A., Nomann, N., Nessa, J., & Saito, T. (2014). Self-reported Oral and Dental Health Status among the Pregnant Women of a Selected Hospital in Dhaka City. Bangladesh Journal of Dental Research & Education, 4(2), 61-64. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjdre.v4i2.20251
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