Pregnant women’s knowledge on early orthodontic prevention – a questionnaire survey

Original Article, Pol J Public Health 2016;126(1): 28-31

MAGDALENA SZALEWSKA1, MONIKA BORYCZKA1, ANNA KAPICA1, JUSTYNA LEMEJDA1,
MARTA ŁUKASIK1, ELŻBIETA PIETRYKA-MICHAŁOWSKA2, JOLANTA SZYMAŃSKA3

1 Students Scientific Circle at Chair and Department of Paedodontics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

2 Department of Mathematics and Medical Biostatistics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
3 Chair and Department of Paedodontics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

DOI: 10.1515/pjph-2016-0006

Abstract

Introduction. Ensuring proper conditions for the development of the masticatory organ of the child can prevent or reduce the incidence of malocclusion.
Aim. The study aimed to assess the knowledge of mothers on selected elements of early orthodontic prevention.
Material and methods. A questionnaire survey was carried out among 234 pregnant women and women in childbirth from Lower Silesia, Lublin and Lubuskie voivodships. The survey included questions about demographics of mothers, such as age, place of residence, education level, and 10 questions on selected elements of early orthodontic prevention.
Results. The knowledge of mothers on the early orthodontic prevention is associated with the level of education and the place of residence – women with higher education and living in large cities have the greatest expertise in this field, although it is still inadequate in general population of women.
 

Keywords

orthodontic prevention, children, pregnant women.

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