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Dental care and associated factors during prenatal care: a crosssectional study with puerperal women in hospitals of the Unified Health System, Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2019




Dental Care, Prenatal Care, Health Education, Dental, Health Care, Healthcare Disparities, Cross-Sectional Studies


Objective: to analyze the prevalence and associated factors of dental consultation during prenatal care. Methods: cross-sectional study based on interviews with puerperal women in 31 hospitals in the Unified Health System (SUS) in Santa Catarina, 2019.Sociodemographic,economic and prenatal related data were collected. Multivariate analyzes were performed using logistic regression to calculate the odds ratios (OR, odds ratio). Results: 3,580 puerperal women were included and 41.4% [95% confidence interval (95%CI) 39.7;43.0] underwent dental consultations during prenatal care. Higher chance of consultation was observed with higher education
(OR=1.35 – 95%CI 1.06;1.71) and greater number of medical/nursing consultations (OR=1.97 – 95%CI 1.47;2.65) and the chance of not having paid work decreased (OR=0.82 – 95%CI 0.70;0.96) and of not participating in an educational activity at SUS (OR=0.63 – 95%CI 0.52;0.77). Conclusion: Factors related to education, employment, prenatal consultations and educational activities increased the chance of dental consultations during pregnancy in Santa Catarina.


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