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Evidence-Based Dentistry

Dental research doesn’t do any good if it doesn’t reach the clinician. That’s why the ADA created the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) to connect the latest research findings with the daily practice of dentistry. The EBD website provides on-demand access to systematic reviews, critical summaries and clinical recommendations that translate the latest scholarly findings into a user-friendly format.

Please visit ebd.ada.org.

ADA Clinical Recommendations

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs issues clinical recommendations based on the most current evidence in the scientific literature. While these recommendations do not constitute “standards of care,” they are the scientific foundation for the practice of evidence-based dentistry.

Systematic Review Database

Search over 2,100 systematic reviews from JADA and dozens of leading dental journals. Each systematic review synthesizes the latest research on a specific oral health issue. You can also browse the database by topic for quick access to related reviews.

Many of the reviews in the database feature an additional critical summary written by a qualified ADA Evidence Reviewer. Summaries are one-page critical assessments of the strength of the research and how the results can be applied to treating patients.

Evidence-Based Dentistry Resources

In addition to our own database of reviews and recommendations, we’ve assembled a resource page containing links to many online databases, research centers and EBD organizations throughout the world.