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Table 2 Percentage of correct responses to perinatal oral health knowledge items (N = 393) of ANC providers in NSW

From: What do antenatal care providers understand and do about oral health care during pregnancy: a cross-sectional survey in New South Wales, Australia

Item Content (Correct answer) Correct
No. (%)
Pregnancy exacerbates existing dental problems: (True) 292 (74.5%)
Gingivitis is more serious than Periodontitis: (False) 199 (50.8%)
Calcium will be drawn out of mothers’ teeth by developing baby: (False) 164 (41.8%)
Gingivitis is a potentially reversible infection of the gums: (True) 354 (90.8%)
Poor maternal oral health can contribute to early childhood decay: (True) 242 (62.1%)
Periodontal disease has been associated with the following:  
 • Stillbirth: (True) 155 (40.3%)
 • Preterm delivery: (True) 283 (72.6%)
 • Spontaneous abortion/miscarriage: (True) 195 (50.1%)
 • Preeclampsia: (True) 87 (22.4%)
 • Low birth weight: (True) 222 (57.2%)
Women should receive preventive dental care during pregnancy: (True) 361 (95.8%)
Basic dental treatment is safe during pregnancy: (True) 378 (96.9%)
It is unsafe to obtain dental radiographs in pregnant women: (False) 230 (59.7%)
Pregnant women should receive only emergency dental care: (False) 334 (86.1%)
Elective dental treatment should be delayed until after pregnancy: (True) 142 (36.8%)
These dental procedures are safe during pregnancy:  
 • Extractions: (True) 294 (76.0%)
 • Local anaesthetic: (True) 336 (86.8%)
 • Root canal: (True) 181 (46.5%)
 • Scaling and root planning: (True) 241 (62.1%)
These medications are safe during pregnancy:  
 • Paracetamol: (True) 373 (94.9%)
 • Aspirin: (False) 193 (49.9%)
 • NSAIDs: (False) 269 (69.0%)
 • Amoxicillin: (True) 366 (93.6%)
 • Erythromycin: (True) 283 (73.1%)
 • Doxycycline: (False) 258 (66.7%)