PREGNANT WOMEN'S KNOWLEDGE OF DENTAL PROCEDURES DURING PREGNANCY
Pregnant women and their families often worry that dental treatment can be harmful to the fetus (Amini H., 2010). However, A. Khairallah (2015) states that dental care during pregnancy is not only safe but necessary. E. Hartnett (2016) states that there is sufficient evidence that a lack of oral health care during pregnancy can have negative effects on both mothers and their newborns. Recent studies have shown an association between periodontitis during pregnancy and underweight babies and preeclampsia (Cesnaite P., 2018) (Sitholimela C. S., 2013). According to R. Stulgaitytė (2016), pregnant women who had been successfully treated for periodontal disease had a lower risk of preterm birth. Therefore, it is very important for pregnant women to maintain proper oral hygiene.
According to K. Saldunaite (2014), knowledge about oral care and prevention programs in Lithuania is insufficient and depends on the education and income of the population. However, according to E. A. Bendoraitienė (2017), women in Lithuania are more likely to visit a dentist than in other countries. This is probably due to the fact that in Lithuania since 2007. mandatory preventive oral and dental examination during pregnancy.