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Table 4 Frequency of Perinatal Oral Health Practices 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

Practice ANC N = 393
No. (%)
Always Sometimes Never
I discuss the importance of oral health with pregnant women during clinical care 62 (16.4%) 189 (49.9%) 128 (33.8%)
I advise pregnant women to delay dental visits until after pregnancy 8 (2.1%) 41 (10.8%) 332 (87.1%)
I advise pregnant women to visit dentists during early pregnancy 82 (21.5%) 183 (48.0%) 116 (30.4%)
I provide counselling regarding the association of poor periodontal health with negative birth outcomes 32 (8.4%) 142 (37.3%) 207 (54.3%)
I provide counselling regarding caries prevention and transmission 28 (7.3%) 134 (35.2%) 219 (57.5%)
I ask pregnant women about current oral health 56 (14.9%) 155 (41.1%) 166 (44.0%)
I ask specific questions related to oral health practices 29 (7.6%) 128 (33.6%) 224 (58.8%)
I conduct visual examination (of the mouth) of pregnant women as part of antenatal care 40 (10.6%) 83 (21.9%) 256 (67.5%)