The American Dental Association defines evidence based dentistry (EBD) 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:
Ask a clear question based on the patient's clinical problem.
Acquire the latest relevant research by conducting a comprehensive literature search.
Critically appraise, or evaluate, the evidence.
Apply the evidence in patient care.
Assess the impact on practice and patient care.
The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) published a series of short commentaries explaining evidence-based dentistry concepts and detailing how to incorporate it into practice. Click on the links below for full-text access (UNC Chapel Hill affiliates only).
A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Dentistry : Articles I-X