Glena Fe A. Yapchulay-Alcabasa is a licensed medical doctor, an alumna of the University of the Philippines, UPH – Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University, Institute of Studies in Diabetes Foundation, and National Skin Center in Singapore. She is a graduating student at AUP with a degree in Master in Public Health. She is also very active in clinical practice, public health services, and a reservist officer of the Philippine Army.

Glena Fe A. Yapchulay-Alcabasa; Riomel A. Aguilera; Gershon Mark Cortez; Mary Jane B. Yap

Adventist University of the Philippines

Abstract

To answer the call of United Nation Millennium declaration Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) numbers 4, 5, and 6, Thursdays of the month are mandated by the Department of Health (DOH) as “Buntis Day”. Last March 2017, the Booklet ni Nanay at ni Baby was released by DOH IV-A and part of it is the Dental Health. This descriptive study aimed to educate the pregnant women regarding oral and dental health utilizing the Booklet ni Nanay at ni Baby as a tool. This serves as the pre-natal and post-natal record of the mother. Convenience sampling was used in recruiting 24 pregnant individuals at Barangay Dita Health Center. The results were tabulated and calculated using percentages. The study revealed that these pregnant women are aware of the importance of daily dental practices. However, these pregnant women also believe in myths that they are not allowed to have tooth extraction (96%), dental filling (83%), and oral prophylaxis (67%). Public health strategies were done among these pregnants. After the health education using the booklet, 100% agreed that dental procedures are safe for pregnants and subjected themselves to dental check-up. Results also revealed that 92% of them have tooth decay, 75% have gingivitis, 67% have broken teeth, and 96% have missing teeth. Myths and fallacies were corrected. At the end of the program, pregnants were knowledgeable and practicing dental care. Further dental examinations and researches are recommended to pay attention on the special needs of pregnant women in terms of dental and oral health.

Keywords: Oral health, dental health, pregnants