Plain Language Summaries

 Image: Dentists and patients learning about Evidence-Based DentistryA systematic review is a comprehensive look at the scientific studies that have been published on a particular subject. They explain exactly how studies were chosen and analyzed for the review.
Systematic reviews are useful because they help you see what scientific studies have to say about a particular topic. They also identify areas where more research is needed. But they are very long, technical articles.
Plain Language Summaries are shorter and easier to read than systematic reviews. The summaries posted on this page present only the key points from the reviews without getting into the details behind the analyses.
Print out the summaries that interest you and take them to your dentist. He or she can talk to you about the information and how it may relate to you and your care.

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Topic Index for Database of Systematic Reviews