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DEN207Y/DPP111H Dental Public Health

This is a resource guide for the Doctor of Dental Surgery undergraduate courses DEN207Y: It is meant as a supplement to the library session workshop.

Evidence-based Dentistry (EBD)

The American Dental Association defines Evidence-Based Dentistry as "an approach to oral healthcare 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" (ADA, 2020).










 The image above (ADA Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry, 2020) conveys the importance of balancing the three main components of EBD:

  • the best current research evidence;
  • the clinician's expertise;
  • the patient's values and preferences.

American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. About EBD. Accessed on March 3, 2020.

Brignardello-Petersen, R., Carrasco-Labra, A., Glick, M., Guyatt, G. H., & Azarpazhooh, A. (2014). A practical approach to evidence-based dentistry: understanding and applying the principles of EBD. Journal of the American Dental Association, 145(11), 1105-1107. DOI 10.14219/jada.2014.102

Steps to EBD

From the literature, we can identify a series of steps to help us find relevant information for clinical scenarios:

Step 1: Identify the nature of the question and broad resources

Step 2: Identify the main components of your question

Step 3: Identify the best study design for the nature of your question

Step 4: Search the appropriate resources