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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 20  |  Page : 23-28

Knowledge and attitude of gynaecologists towards oral health care in pregnant women


1 Professor, Dept, of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Senior lecturer, Dept, of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 HOD, Dept, of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
4 Post Graduate student, Dept, of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Anitha Akkaloori
Senior lecturer, Dept, of public health dentistry, Mamata Dental College, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
India
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Introduction : Oral health knowledge is considered to be an essential prerequisite for Gynaecologists. Gynaecologists are the primary care providers of the pregnant women who can educate them regarding general health and oral health. Hence they should have knowledge about oral health to guide their patients. Aim: To assess the Knowledge, Attitude of Gynaecologists towards oral health care in pregnant women. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire based survey was conducted among Gynaecologists in medical colleges located in Hyderabad. A pretested close ended questionnaire was prepared and distributed. Results: A total of 103 Gynaecologists participated in the study (Female=98, Male=5). Fiftyseven percent of them strongly agreed that oral health is an important component of a pregnantwomen's general health and most of them (84%) agreed that Gynaecologist has an important role inpromoting their patient's oral health. Fifty seven percent of them strongly agreed that usage of tetracycline during pregnancy will adversely affect the child's teeth. Conclusion: As Gynaecologists are the primary health care providers they need to know about dental health science to educate their patients. There is a need for conducting Continuing Medical Education programs for them.


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