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Yadav A, Saharan A, Taneja P. Oral Hygiene Knowledge and Practices among Antenatal Women of Community Health Centre, Badkhalsa, Sonipat District, Haryana. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2022; 16 (1):1-4.
Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge and practice of oral hygiene among antenatal women of Community Health Centre (CHC), Badkhalsa, Sonipat district, Haryana.
Methodology: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among the antenatal women of CHC, Badkhalsa, Sonipat district, Haryana. Convenience sampling technique was used for selection of subjects. Subjects were chosen on antenatal day [4 days/week and Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) day]. Permission for data collection was sought from superior authority of CHC as well. Data were congregated by a combination of General Oral Examination and Self-Administered Questionnaire. The questions were based on knowledge and practices related to pregnancy and oral health, gingival conditions, oral hygiene, utilization of dental health services, and habits. The data were analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21. Association between categorical variables was assessed using Chi-square test. Level of significance was set as p <0.05.
Results: Key results of the present study stated that respondents had knowledge and awareness regarding maintenance of oral health, but they were not able to maintain it because of many barriers.
Conclusion: Although most of the changes occurring during pregnancy are temporary in nature but do require proper personal and professional care. Therefore, there is the need to encourage women to seek oral screening, counseling on maintaining appropriate oral hygiene during pregnancy.
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