The strongest resources to aid dental professionals in clinical decision-making. Developed by an expert panel, clinical practice guidelines critically appraise, summarize, and interpret recent and relevant clinical evidence to provide recommendations that can be applied to patient care. Explore current clinical practice guidelines below.
Clinical Practice Guidelines and Dental Evidence
Clinical practice guidelines
The latest recommendations for antibiotic usage in the urgent management of pulpal- and periapical-related dental pain and intra-oral swelling.
Recommendations from the American Heart Association on the use of antibiotics to prevent infective endocarditis.
Recommendations for the use of antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent orthopaedic implant infection in dental patients.
Series of guidelines with recommendations for each stage of the caries disease process including prevention, detection, and treatment.
Updated guideline recommending a unified message to the general public regarding fluoride toothpaste usage for children under six years of age.
Clinical recommendations for the use of agents such as sucrose-free polyol chewing gums, xylitol dentifrices, and chlorhexidine in preventing caries.
Current recommendations for evaluating lesions, including potentially malignant disorders, in the oral cavity of patients.
Recommendations for managing acute dental pain, including the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids.
ADA panel recommendations for nonsurgical treatment of chronic periodontitis by means of scaling and root planing with or without adjuncts.
Expert panel recommendations for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants to prevent caries.
ADA panel recommendations for various topical fluoride agents for caries prevention, including mouth rinses, varnishes, gels, foams and pastes.
Like clinical practice guidelines, systematic reviews critically appraise and summarize the scientific literature in regards to a specific clinical question. Unlike guidelines, which then use the literature to make clinical recommendations, systematic reviews leave the job of interpreting their results up to the discretion of dental practitioners. Explore our collection of current systematic reviews below.
Summarizing the benefits and harms of analgesic agents for dental pain management.
Summarizing the benefits and harms of capnography during procedures involving moderate sedation.
Determining the potential effect of dental treatment before cardiac valve surgery or left ventricular assist device implantation.
Analyzing HPV vaccine effectiveness against vaccine-type HPV infection and HPV-associated cellular changes.
The ADA provides relevant research data that you can use for clinical decision making. Explore the most recent and trending topics below.
Survey finds dentists continue to have a lower COVID-19 infection rate than other front-line health professionals.
Survey finds COVID-19 infection rate among dental hygienists is 3.1%, which aligns with the cumulative infection prevalence rate among dentists.
Commentary supports the ban of vaping products and calls for additional research.
Want to learn how to incorporate the latest scientific evidence into clinical practice? Check out these educational opportunities offered by the ADA Science and Research Institute.
This hands-on workshop provides insight into the entire process of writing a systematic review – and includes instruction from the editor of JADA.
For dentists and educators, this workshop explains how to both practice and teach evidence-based dentistry.
Learn how both dental teams and educators can harness the power of the latest scientific information and apply it to patient care.
Explore various instructional videos that help illustrate certain evidence-based dentistry techniques and clinical procedures.