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Why bother with evidence-based dentistry? ADA has the answer — free and fast

November 19, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

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Evidence expert: A new video series is the latest in no cost EBD resources from the ADA for dental professionals. Here Dr. Elliot Abt leads one of the videos called “Why Bother with Evidence-Based Dentistry?”
Dr. Elliot Abt has heard the same question repeatedly from participants of ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry workshops: what resources exist to get more information on evidence-based dentistry?

Often, said the Skokie, Illinois, clinician and former chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, students ask specifically about video series on the topic.
To help fulfill this request, the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry in October launched what will be a series of five-to-10-minute video tutorials featuring experts in evidence-based dentistry addressing common questions on the subject matter. The videos are available no cost online at Three are already published and two others are expected to become available later this year.

Appropriately, Dr. Abt, who has a master’s degree in evidence-based healthcare from Oxford University, leads the first video, called “Why Bother with Evidence-based Dentistry?”

“The hope is that whether you’re a first-year dental student, a dental resident, a faculty member or a practicing clinician, these videos will be useful and relevant to you,” Dr. Abt told the ADA News.

The full series will include Dr. Abt’s video, a video featuring Dr. Robert Weyant discussing “How to Apply Evidence to Patient Care;” a video featuring Dr. Partha Mukherji discussing “How to Disseminate and Implement Evidence-Based Dentistry;” and a video featuring Dr. Jane Gillette discussing “How to Run an Evidence-Based Practice.” A fifth video will offer guidance for using silver diamine fluoride.

The tutorials make up just one of the many resources available at no cost on the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry website. The website also features a searchable evidence database; links to ADA-developed clinical practice guidelines and clinician resources related to them; and podcasts featuring guests who address evidence-based dentistry, critical thinking, clinical relevance, the latest science and more.

Dr. Laura Romito, an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, said she often uses the site when teaching first-year dental students evidence-based dentistry. A video series on statistics designed to provide a basic understanding of statistics-related concepts in evidence-based research are especially useful for her students, she said.

“I couldn’t do a better job myself of talking about these things,” she said. “The statistics tutorials are so basic and will always remain relevant.”

Dr. Romito said her students also use the website’s evidence database to help answer questions in class and to research different types of study designs.

The recently launched evidence-based dentistry video series and other resources are available online at and