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Younes LM, Doumani M, Al-Nahlawi TF, Habib A. Syrian Senior Dental Students’ Perception, Educational Satisfaction, and Attitude Regarding the Usage of Rubber Dam. World J Dent 2020; 11 (1):47-51.
Aim: The study aimed to determine the perception, educational satisfaction, and attitude of dental students (fourth and fifth years) regarding the usage of rubber dam.
Materials and methods: A piloted questionnaire was distributed to fourth- and fifth-dental students in Damascus (governmental) and Syrian private (private) dental schools in August 2019. Information collected included perception, educational satisfaction, and attitude to the usage of rubber dam in different operative and endodontic treatments. A data analysis was carried out using SPSS version 25. A descriptive statistical analysis was done, and a Chi-square test was performed to compare the obtained data. The data evaluation was at a significant level of p < 0.05.
Results: Out of 380 questionnaires distributed, 346 were filled and returned, the response rate was 91.05%. Rubber dam was used by 91.62% of the participants (n = 317) on child patients. Rubber dam was never used by 47.11% of the participants (n = 163) when placing amalgam restorations, and by 5.50% of the participants (n = 19) when placing composite restorations. Rubber dam was used by 61.85% of the participants (n = 214) after access cavity preparation when performing root canal treatments. A total of 44.22% of the participants (n = 153) believed that their use of rubber dam will be in all indicated procedures after graduation.
Conclusion: Within the limits of this study, there was still a high possibility among the undergraduate dental students that they might not practice routine placement of rubber dam after graduation.
Clinical significance: A very important method to improve the clinical dental practicing is by studying how dental students looks to the details of each dental procedure, so the academic institutes can change the wrong thoughts of the future dentists from the dental student level. One of these important procedures is the rubber dam application.
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