Evidence-Based Dentistry

EBD improves patient care by integrating three important aspects of clinical practice:
1. A dentist's expertise
2. A patient's needs and preferences
3. The best available scientific evidence

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Periodontitis and osteoporosis: a systematic review

The majority of studies suggest a relationship between osteoporosis and periodontitis, but further well-controlled studies are needed. Read more


ADA Science Podcast

The ADA Science Podcast features experts discussing various elements of science in dentistry, including clinical practice guidelines, evidence-based dentistry, critical thinking, clinical relevance and more. Listen


New to EBD? Watch a quick tutorial.

Five- to 10-minute tutorials give you a quick understanding of basic EBD principles. Modules include EBD Overview and Series on Statistics. Watch now

Featured Guideline

Topical fluoride for caries prevention

A multidisciplinary panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs presents updated, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on professionally applied and prescription-strength home-use topical fluoride agents for caries prevention — including mouth rinses, varnishes, gels, foams and pastes.

Dr. Leader has published four critical summaries on the EBD website, with the most recent published in the July 2014 issue of JADA titled “Periodontal disease treatment does not affect pregnancy outcomes.”


Dr. David Leader, DMD, PC, 
Associate Professor,
Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion,
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine