Factors associated with receipt of pre-pregnancy preventive dental care among women in West Virginia: Pregnancy Risk assessment monitoring system (PRAMS) survey 2009-2010

Amna Umer, Zelalem Teka Haile, Halima Ahmadi-Montecalvo, Ilana R. Azulay Chertok

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the association between sociodemographic, economic and health-related lifestyle factors and receipt of pre-pregnancy dental cleaning in West Virginia. Materials and Methods: A population-based secondary data analysis was conducted using the 2009-2010 West Virginia Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) dataset. The study population consisted of 3050 women who answered the survey question about pre-pregnancy dental cleaning. Results: Approximately 47% of the participants visited a dentist during the 12 months before pregnancy. Results from the logistic regression model showed that pre-pregnant Non-Hispanic white women were more likely to get their teeth cleaned compared to women from other racial/ethnic backgrounds (OR = 1.75; 95% CI: 1.01-3.04). Women with more than a high-school education (OR = 1.79; 95% CI: 1.22-2.62), young women < 20 years of age (OR = 2.75; 95% CI: 1.86-4.06), women with private health insurance (OR = 2.65; 95% CI: 1.98-3.55) and women who had intended pregnancy (OR = 1.3; 95% CI: 1.04-1.64) were more likely to have dental cleaning before pregnancy compared to women with less than a high-school education, women between the ages of 20-29, uninsured women and women who had unintended pregnancy, respectively. Conclusion: Identifying factors associated with dental cleaning can aid healthcare providers and policy makers in developing approaches to promoting oral care among women of childbearing age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-422
Number of pages10
JournalOral Health and Preventive Dentistry
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dental
  • PRAMS
  • Pregnancy
  • Tooth cleaning
  • West Virginia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dental Hygiene

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