Title: 0770 - Oral Health Behaviour of Pregnant Women Attending Antenatal Clinic


Esther Okorie (Presenter)
Lagos University Teaching Hospital


Objectives: This study assessed the Oral Health Behaviour of Pregnant women attending Ante Natal Clinic at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos.

Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study which used a semi-structured questionnaire to gather information from 400 respondents selected through purposive sampling. Information was collected using a semi-structured questionnaire, analyzed with SPSS version 21. Association was done with Chi-square test and level of significance set at p <0.05.

Results: : Majority of the respondents were 26-35 years of age with more than two third being aware of oral health problems. Although, some (50.7%) believes regular teeth brushing helps to prevent dental problems while few strongly agreed that brushing after breakfast in the morning and last thing at night. Furthermore, two third of the respondents had experience tooth problem before but many had visited dental clinic for the past 12 months with some complaining of headache, gum swelling and gum bleeding. Majority of respondents had normal oral mucosa and dentition while few had abnormal gingival and also no significant association between religion and Oral health Attitude (P=0.154) and occupation does show a statistical effect on Oral health behaviour (P<0.000).

Conclusions: This study has revealed that pregnant women were aware of dental problems. Those with low knowledge of dental care, and poor dental hygiene were two to three times more at risk of developing dental diseases.

Disclosure Statement:
The submitter must disclose the names of the organizations with which any author have a relationship, the nature of the relationship, and the clinical or research area involved. The following is submitted: NONE