What is Evidence-Based Dentistry?

Here’s how the American Dental Association defines EBD

“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.”1

The need for EBD

  • Dental research is continually discovering improved treatment methods and therapies
  • Research findings are often delayed in being implemented into clinical practice
  • Dentists must stay current with changing therapies
  • Evidence-based practice has been shown to keep dentists up to date


1. ADA.org: Evidence based dentistry: About EBD. Retrieved 6/4/2008, 2008, from http://ebd.ada.org/About.aspx