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Choosing Wisely

The ADA is proud to become the first dental organization to collaborate with Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation and Consumer Reports that aims to help patients make smart choices about their health care.

Which dental treatments are
right for you?  (PDF)

Choosing Wisely’s mission is to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by publishing lists of scientific and evidence-based recommendations from more than 70 national specialty societies.

Consumer Reports supports these conversations by creating and disseminating patient-friendly materials through a bevy of consumer and employer groups such as AARP and the National Business Group on Health.

The ADA sees this collaboration as an opportunity to help foster informed conversations between patients and dentists. It also reinforces the ADA’s commitment to being a leading advocate of oral health and the premier source for trusted dental information for the profession and the public.

To learn more about this initiative, view the "Which dental treatments are right for you?" brochure, which features messages for patients.

Here are the Choosing Wisely statements for clinicians and patients:

Clinicians Patients
Don’t recommend non-fluoride toothpaste for infants and children. Use toothpaste with fluoride for children and infants.
Avoid restorative treatment as a first line of treatment in incipient (non-cavitated) occlusal caries without first considering sealant use. Consider sealants to prevent decay or treat surface cavities.
Avoid protective stabilization, sedation or general anesthesia in pediatric patients without consideration of all options with the legal guardian. Talk about all the options for calming your child during dental procedures.
Avoid routinely using irreversible surgical procedures such as braces, occlusal equilibration and restorations as the first treatment of choice in the management of temporomandibular joint disorders. For jaw pain, try conservative treatments first.
Don’t replace restorations just because they are old. Don't replace fillings just because they’re old.