Volume 7 Issue 1 (January, 2019)

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Cross-Sectional Evaluation of Dentists Knowledge and Awareness towards Rubber Dam Usage in Pediatric Dental Procedures- An Original Study
Richa Dokania, Shrishti Varshney, Pankaj Verma, Sheetal Kumar Sahoo

Background and Aim: Rubber dam has been considered one of the ideal isolation tools especially during root canal treatment and other pediatric restorative procedures. It has also been frequently used as the standard of care. The aim of this study was to evaluate the current knowledge and awareness about Rubber dam among general dental practitioner in Ghaziabad District, India. Materials & Methods: This study was entirely based on a cross sectional methodology. Authors have employed a self prepared logical questionnaire having related questions. A total of 200 private dental practitioners of Ghaziabad were approached to fill the questionnaire. We employed a questionnaire which was used close ended. It had questions about the current knowledge and awareness about usage of rubber dam for pedodontic procedures. The authors had processed the responses of clinicians who accurately answered this questionnaire. Data was obtained and inferences were evaluated statistically to finally estimate knowledge and awareness level regarding rubber dam. Results: Statistical analysis was completed using statistical software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The obtained data was subjected to suitable statistical tests to obtain p values, mean, standard deviation, standard error. P ≤ 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. 39 practitioners use to have rubber dam during amalgam & composite restorations in pediatric patients. 182 practitioners think that rubber dam is not handy as it has many cumbersome components. 109 practitioners think that they have been given adequate and satisfactory education regarding rubber dam. 110 practitioners think that rubber dam improves the accuracy and outcomes of restoration. Conclusion: Within the limitations of the study authors concluded that clinician’s knowledge and awareness about rubber dam usage in pedodontic procedures was at moderate levels. Because rubber dam is an efficient tool for isolation in most of the pedodontic procedures, general awareness campaigns, educational demonstrations and technique illustrations should be performed on regular basis.  
Key words: Rubber Dam, Pedodontics; Awareness, Isolation.

Received: 14 December  2018                                  Revised: 27 December 2018                          Accepted: 28 December 2018
Correspondence to: Dr. Richa Dokania, Post Graduate Student, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Shree Bankey Bihari Dental College and Research Centre, Ghaziabad, India

This article may be cited as: Dokania R, Varshney S, Verma P, Sahoo SK. Cross-Sectional Evaluation of Dentists Knowledge and Awareness towards Rubber Dam Usage in Pediatric Dental Procedures: An Original Study. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2019;7(1):121-124.

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