Welcome to the LibGuide for Evidence-Based Dentistry. We hope that this guide will get you started in the evidence-based practice of dentistry, with information on forming your clinical question, searching for evidence including the right study design, and evaluating what you find. We have also included a tab of resources to meet all of your research needs. Please use the chat box on the right of this page if you have any questions!
Definition of Evidence-Based Dentistry
Here's how the American Dental Association defines Evidence-Based Dentistry:
"Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) is an approach to oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient's oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist's clinical expertise and the patient's treatment needs and preferences."
- the best available evidence
- clinical experience
- patient preference
Why is this needed?
- Dental research is constant.
- Implementation of findings is delayed.
- Dentists must stay current.
- Evidence-based practice has been shown to keep dentists up-to-date.
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