Table 6

Barriers to utilisation of oral health care services among mothers who did not visit dentist (n = 88)

Variables

Frequency (%)


Misperceptions/misconceptions

Not having any dental problems

58 (65.9)

Oral health is not/less important

9 (10.2)

Negative effect of treatment on fetus

14 (15.9)

Dental fears

Fear to dentist

1 (1.1)

Fear to dental instrument

9 (10.2)

Fear to dental treatment

10 (11.4)

Fear to dental pain

25 (28.4)

Bad dental experience

8 (9.1)

Accessibility to dental clinic

Long distance

12 (13.6)

Long travelling time

4 (4.5)

No self transport

6 (6.8)

Difficult to get a public transport

5 (5.7)

Expensive fee for public transport

2 (2.3)

Time constraints

Busy at work

34 (38.6)

Unable to get permission for leave from employer

13 (14.8)

Busy with household chores

27 (30.7)

Dissatisfaction with the quality of services

Late appointment

33 (37.5)

Long waiting time

63 (71.6)

No immediate treatment given

57 (64.8)

Poor service at the registration counter

9 (10.2)

Poor attitude of the staff

7 (8.0)

Poor attitude of the dentist

4 (4.5)

Poor condition of the treatment room

4 (4.5)

Poor confidence with the services rendered

8 (9.1)


Saddki et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:75   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-75

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