A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Dental Care Utilization Among Pregnant Women in Saudi Arabia

Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences

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Title A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Dental Care Utilization Among Pregnant Women in Saudi Arabia
 
Creator Albasry , Zainab
Alhaddad , Bayan
Benrashed, Mashael Abdullah
Al-Ansari, Asim
Nazir, Muhammad Ashraf
 
Subject Dental care
Treatment
Clinic visit
Pregnancy
Appointment
 
Description BACKGROUND: Oral and systemic problems are common among pregnant women. Routine dental visits are important for the maintenance of optimal oral health which is linked with systemic health.
AIM: To evaluate dental care utilization and related factors among pregnant women in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia.
METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in hospitals and healthcare centers in the cities of Khobar, Dammam, and Qatif in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia. A piloted tested self-administered questionnaire available in Arabic and English languages was distributed among a calculated sample of 341 pregnant women. Pearson's chi-square test and multiple logistic regression analyses were performed.
RESULTS: In the study, 270 questionnaires were analyzed giving a response rate of 79.2%. Mean age of the participants was 29 ± 5.9 years. There were 43.7% pregnant women who received dental treatment when they have a dental problem and only 13.7% performed routine dental visit. Half the sample (52.6%) avoided dental visits during pregnancy and dental treatment being unsafe was the most common reason for avoiding dental visits. After adjustment, routine dental visits during pregnancy were 7.38 times higher among Saudis compared with non-Saudis women (p 0.05). The participants who had a negative perception about the safety of dental treatment had significantly lower odds (OR 0.31, p 0.036) of dental attendance for routine dental visits.
CONCLUSION: Routine dental visits were low among pregnant women and many visited dentists when they had a dental problem. Negative perception about the safety of dental treatment was associated with reduced regular dental visits during pregnancy. Pregnant women should be educated about the importance of receiving dental care for the maintenance of optimal oral health.
 
Publisher Scientific Foundation SPIROSKI, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
 
Date 2019-12-10
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
application/pdf
 
Identifier https://www.id-press.eu/mjms/article/view/oamjms.2019.870
10.3889/oamjms.2019.870
 
Source Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences; Vol. 7 No. 23 (2019): Dec 15 (OAMJMS); 4131-4136
1857-9655
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://www.id-press.eu/mjms/article/view/oamjms.2019.870/4397
https://www.id-press.eu/mjms/article/view/oamjms.2019.870/4357
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Zainab Albasry , Bayan Alhaddad , Mashael Abdullah Benrashed, Asim Al-Ansari, Muhammad Ashraf Nazir (Author)
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
 

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