What is the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry?

ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry – helping dentists improve patient care through informed decision-making. Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) is about providing dentists with the best evidence so they can make informed treatment decisions and improve the quality of dental care.

It’s an approach to making clinical decisions that integrates three important aspects of clinical practice:

1. A dentist’s expertise;
2. A patient’s needs and preferences; and
3. The best available scientific evidence.

Quickly and easily find answers to your clinical questions on EBD.ada.org


ADA Science Podcast

The ADA Science Podcast is hosted by Dr. Robert Weyant, MPH, DMD, PhD and features guests who will address various elements of science in dentistry, including evidence-based dentistry, critical thinking, clinical relevance, state of the art science and more. Dr. Weyant brings a wealth of his experience to his hosting role as a member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs as well as Chair of the Dept. of Dental Public Health and Information Management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Please bookmark http://ebd.ada.org/en/education/ada-science-podcasts/ where new podcasts will be added to the series every two weeks, or subscribe through the iTunes store.

ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry Critical Summaries:

A critical summary helps you to quickly learn the principal findings of a systematic review. The critical summary offers a peer-reviewed opinion concerning the quality of the review and the validity of the interpretations, and it offers additional insights into the implications for clinicians. A critical summary includes: 1) a brief summary of the Systematic Review; 2) a critique of the systematic review methods as well as the identified evidence; and 3) implications for clinicians. The critical summaries on the ebd.ada.org website have been prepared by ADA Critical Summary Authors (CSA) who have experience in EBD or peer-reviewed scientific publications. To volunteer as a CSA, please send an inquiry email to ebd@ada.org

ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines include recommendation statements intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options. ADA Clinical Practice Guidelines are developed by a panel of experts under the guidance of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. They are the most comprehensive resources intended to aid dental professionals in clinical decision making and help incorporate evidence gained through scientific investigation into patient care.