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Table 2 The 9 questions covering the four global dimensions of self-perceived oral health

From: Utilization of dental services among low and middle income pregnant, post-partum and six-month post-partum women

Knowledge
 Expert level of KnowledgeGood KnowledgeFair KnowledgeSome KnowledgeNo KnowledgePvalue*
Q 1. Do you know the mechanism behind caries and periodontal diseases?
 Six-month post-partum women11 (7.3)30 (20.0)9 (6.0)32 (21.3)68 (45.3)< 0.01
 Pregnant1 (0.7)5 (3.3)28 (18.7)54 (36.0)62 (41.3)
 Post-Partum3 (2.0)18 (12.0)26 (17.3)55 (36.7)48 (32.0)
Q 2. Do you know how to avoid caries and periodontal diseases?
 Six-month post-partum women7 (4.7)29 (19.3)8 (5.3)37 (24.7)69 (46.0)< 0.01
 Pregnant0 (0.0)2 (1.3)21 (14.0)68 (45.3)59 (39.3)
 Post-Partum2 (1.3)18 (12.0)44 (29.3)57 (38.0)29 (19.3)
Q 3. Do you know that it is important to use fluoridated toothpaste?
 Six-month post-partum women12 (8.0)57 (38.0)39 (26.0)40 (26.7)2 (1.3)< 0.01
 Pregnant10 (6.7)23 (15.3)48 (32.0)47 (31.3)22 (14.7)
 Post-Partum15 (10.0)38 (25.3)39 (26.0)30 (20.0)28 (18.7)
Function
 NeverHardly EverOccasionallyFairly OftenVery Often 
Q 4. You feel severe pain while drinking hot or cold drinks
 Six-month post-partum women14 (9.3)31 (20.7)78 (52.0)22 (14.7)5 (3.3)< 0.01
 Pregnant1 (0.7)6 (4.0)35 (23.3)59 (39.3)49 (32.7)
 Post-Partum1 (0.7)1 (0.7)23 (15.3)70 (46.7)55 (36.7)
Q 5. You have headaches due to your teeth or your mouth
 Six-month post-partum women38 (25.3)57 (38.0)44 (29.3)10 (6.7)1 (0.7)< 0.01
 Pregnant14 (9.3)34 (22.7)57 (38.0)29 (19.3)16 (10.7)
 Post-Partum3 (2.0)20 (13.3)40 (26.7)56 (37.3)31 (20.7)
Q 6. You have difficulty eating food
 Six-month post-partum women57 (38.0)56 (37.3)29 (19.3)8 (5.3)0 (0.0)< 0.01
 Pregnant18 (12.0)34 (22.7)42 (28.0)33 (22.0)23 (15.3)
 Post-Partum11 (7.3)17 (11.3)33 (22.0)49 (32.7)40 (26.7)
Quality of Life
Q 7. You feel depressed due to your teeth or your mouth
 Six-month post-partum women51 (34.0)61 (40.7)32 (21.3)6 (4.0)0 (0.0)< 0.01
 Pregnant12 (8.0)52 (34.7)55 (36.7)29 (19.3)2 (1.3)
 Post-Partum6 (4.0)38 (25.3)32 (21.3)46 (30.7)28 (18.7)
Social
Q 8. You avoid laughing due to your teeth or your mouth
 Six-month post-partum women37 (24.7)47 (31.3)50 (33.3)15 (10.0)1 (0.7)< 0.01
 Pregnant3 (2.0)25 (16.7)45 (30.0)43 (28.7)34 (22.7)
 Post-Partum1 (0.7)12 (8.0)40 (26.7)58 (38.7)39 (26.0)
Q 9. You feel embarrassed due to your teeth or your mouth
 Six-month post-partum women53 (35.3)53 (35.3)34 (22.7)10 (6.7)0 (0.0)< 0.01
 Pregnant7 (4.7)41 (27.3)45 (30.0)32 (21.3)25 (16.7)
 Post-Partum5 (3.3)21 (14.0)33 (22.0)61 (40.7)30 (20.0)
  1. *Chi-squared test