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Table 3 Attitudes to Perinatal Oral Health items 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

Attitude ANC N = 393
No. (%)
Agree Not Sure Disagree
Maintaining oral health during pregnancy is important 388 (99.0%) 2 (0.5%) 2 (0.5%)
Pregnant women should receive a dental check early in their pregnancy 367 (93.4%) 21 (5.3%) 5 (1.3%)
Pregnant women are more likely to seek dental care if their antenatal care providers recommend it 368 (93.6%) 18 (4.6%) 7 (1.8%)
Currently there is good understanding between ANC providers and dentists regarding dental care for pregnant women 51 (13.0%) 119 (30.3%) 223 (56.7)
There is insufficient time to advise pregnant women on oral health during antenatal visit 123 (31.6%) 42 (10.8%) 224 (57.6%)
Asking pregnant women about oral health is outside routine ANC practice 93 (23.8%) 32 (8.2%) 265 (67.9%)
Conducting a visual mouth examination during pregnancy is outside routine GP/O&G practice 217 (55.6%) 42 (10.8%) 131 (33.6%)
The cost of dental treatment is a barrier to advising pregnant women 222 (56.9%) 47 (12.1%) 121 (31.0%)
I have the skills to advise pregnant women on oral health 121 (31.0%) 107 (27.4%) 162 (41.5%)
Oral assessments of pregnant women at antenatal visits is important 234 (60.2%) 113 (29.0%) 42 (10.8%)
I feel confident about performing oral assessments 70 (17.9%) 77 (19.7%) 243 (62.3%)
Pregnant women will be comfortable with a GP/O&G assessing oral health during normal antenatal checkups 171 (43.8%) 137 (35.1%) 82 (21.0%)
The link betwen periodontal disease and preterm birth is too tenuous for me to warn pregnant women about it 32 (8.2%) 139 (35.6%) 219 (56.2%)
The link between dental caries in mothers and in babies is too tenuous for me to warn my patients about it 34 (8.7%) 142 (36.5%) 213 (54.8%)
I am concerned about being sued if something goes wrong in a pregnancy 92 (23.7%) 51 (13.1%) 245 (63.1%)
I am interested in further information about dental care to pregnant women 363 (92.8%) 13 (3.3%) 15 (3.8%)
I am interested in further training to provide dental assessments to pregnant women 297 (76.3%) 51 (13.1%) 41 (10.5%)
There is a need for universal guidelines for oral health care during pregnancy for all health professionals 367 (94.1%) 14 (3.6%) 9 (2.3%)