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Table 5 Frequency of responses to Perinatal Oral Health Care Barriers for ANC providers from 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

Barriers ANC N = 393 (%)
Agree Not Sure Disagree
Lack of time providing advice about oral health care to pregnant women 227 (59.0%) 51 (13.2%) 107 (27.8%)
Asking about oral health questions is of a sensitive nature 72 (18.7%) 30 (7.8%) 284 (73.6%)
Inability for pregnant women to pay for dental care 277 (71.9%) 51 (13.2%) 57 (14.8%)
Concern of pregnant women about safety of dental procedures 242 (63.2%) 60 (15.7%) 81 (21.1%)
My lack of knowledge of risks involved when treating pregnant women 207 (53.9%) 6617.2%) 111 (28.9%)
Lack of knowledge of importance of oral health during pregnancy 185 (48.1%) 44 (11.4%) 156 (40.5%)
Lack of practice guidelines on oral health care during pregnancy in Australia 312 (81.0%) 44 (11.4%) 29 (7.5%)
Not sufficiently trained to perform oral health assessments on pregnant women 311 (80.6%) 43 (11.1%) 32 (8.3%)
Peer pressure from colleagues 21 (5.5%) 104 (27.0%) 260 (67.5%)
Patient lack of concern with oral health care during pregnancy 205 (53.5%) 80 (20.9%) 98 (25.6%)
Reluctance among dental professinals to treat pregnant women 105 (27.3%) 198 (51.6%) 81 (21.1%)
Risk of labour in dental practice 27 (7.0%) 123 (32.0%) 234 (60.9%)
Legal risks associated with negative birth outcomes 50 (13.0%) 156 (40.6%) 178 (46.4%)