The American Dental Association defines evidence based dentistry as:
"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."
the dentist's expertise,
the best available scientific evidence,
and the patient's needs and preferences.
The EBD process is a structured approach to identifying and using the best information relevant to a particular clinical problem. It follows these 5 steps: