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Introduction: The link between pregnancy and periodontal manifestations has been indicated to pose alteration to the systemic health. There is a very high risk of pre-eclampsia & low-birth-weight, pre-term labour in pregnant females with periodontal problems. Aim: The aim of his study was to evaluate the awareness among the Obgy about the periodontal problems faced by the pregnant females during the 3 trimesters & oral health practitioners about the complaints reported by a pregnant female during the same time frame. The establishment of the co-ordination among the dentists & the Obgy was the single main aim of this survey conducted. Materials and Methods: The Obgy& Dentist from various Medical, Dental hospitals & private practises were approached and they consented to join the study. Data was collected from a questionnaire format by means of 2 separate formats. 7 closed ended questions was asked after duly obtaining a consent. Results: It was found that there was very little co-ordination among the dentists and the Obgy. Dentists usually don’t carry out procedures for the pregnant patients, and Obgy’s are not keen about the oral health of their patients neither do they follow a referral protocol. Conclusion: Efforts to increase this awareness may prove valuable in improving preventive care during pregnancy. A strong need for the co-ordination among the Obgy & the Dentists is important to be established. Majority of the periodontal problems can be eliminated if the patient is given proper guidance. Also the chances of pre-eclampsia & low birth weight pre term infants would be decreased.
Rosane Cavalcante Fragoso, Brasil
Chief Scientific Officer and Head of a Research Group
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