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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology UON

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Rubber dam is a thin sheet of rubber used for isolation of area of operation during dental
procedures. Rubber dam usage has many advantages and dentists not using it risk
suffering serious consequences. Some dental practitioners have inadequate knowledge on
rubber dam and do not use it in their clinical practice. The aim ofthe study is to
determine the knowledge, attitude and utilization of rubber dam among dental
practitioners in Nairobi, Kenya.
It is expected that the knowledge the dentists possess rubber dam inadequate and the
usage is low. The study will be carried out in Nairobi, Kenya. Among dental practitioners
in both public and private practices. Socio-demographic characteristics being age, sex
and duration of practice, independent variables being type of practice, year of graduation
and school of practice and the dependent variables being knowledge, attitude towards and
that use ofrubber dam in clinical practice. It will be a descriptive cross- sectional study,
which will involve 81 dental practitioners from both the public and private sector. Self
administered semi structured questionnaires will be used to collect the data and the
results will be analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and
presented in forms of tables and graphs.
These results can be used by policy makers to arrange for continuing dental education
programmes to enlighten dental practitioners on rubber dam and for the university to pay
more attention to the teaching and emphasize rubber dam usage in clinical practice to
ensure high quality dentistry is practiced. It is recommended that further studies be
carried out involving larger samples and among dentists in other parts of the country.

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