Knowledge and Attitudes of Pregnant Women with and without Children about Fluoride and Herbal Toothpastes

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Marmara Univ, Inst Health Sciences

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Objective: Objective: Pregnant women may be vulnerable to dental caries due to their inability to fully implement oral hygiene practices. Toothpastes are main component of oral hygiene and the most important tool for the primary prevention of caries. The study aimed to examine the knowledge and attitudes of pregnant women with children (PC) and without children (PNC) about fluoride and herbal toothpastes.Methods: A self-administered and validated 20-item questionnaire was completed by a total of 219 pregnant participants, 85 PC and 134 PNC. Statistical analyses were performed using the SciPy v1.2.3. program.Results: Most of the PC (57.65%; 69.41%) and PNC (72.39%; 47.76%) participants responded with no idea when asked about fluoride sources and the optimal amount of fluoride added to tap water by local health authorities (p= .006). The majority of the PC (62.4%) and the PNC (47.0%) had no preference for herbal toothpastes during pregnancy (p= .03). In addition, 86.6% of the PNC showed low knowledge about the nonfluoride content of herbal toothpastes (p= .023). While 51.5% of the PNC responded with no idea about a preference for herbal toothpastes for their children, 56.47% of the PC stated that they might not prefer using herbal toothpastes for their children's routine oral hygiene.Conclusion: The findings show that both PC and PNC participants had little knowledge of toothpastes and their contents. Considering that toothpastes are the most common self-applied oral hygiene tools, knowledge and awareness of fluoride and herbal toothpastes should be raised via antenatal programs.


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Pregnant Women, Toothpastes, Knowledge, Fluorides, Herbal


Clinical and Experimental Health Sciences

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