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About EBD

Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) integrates the dentist’s clinical expertise, the patient’s needs and preferences, and the most current, clinically relevant evidence. All three are part of the decision-making process for patient care.

What is EBD?

EBD is a patient-centered approach to treatment decisions, which provides personalized dental care based on the most current scientific knowledge. The American Dental Association (ADA) defines Evidence-based Dentistry (EBD) 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.”

About the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry

The Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry operates under the advisement of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs to develop resources that help dentists integrate clinically relevant scientific evidence at the point of care.


To lead in the promotion of oral health by disseminating the best available scientific information and helping practitioners implement it into clinical practice.


The Center for EBD assists practitioners and improves the oral health of the public by:
  1. appraising and disseminating the best available scientific evidence on oral health care; and
  2. helping practitioners understand and apply the best available evidence in their clinical decision-making.

ADA Critical Review Panel

The ADA Critical Review Panel (CRP) is a committee of EBD experts who collaborate to develop and oversee the Center for EBD’s website. For more information on the CRP please see Critical Review Panel in the Operations Manual. The current members of the critical review panel are:

  • Dr. Elliot Abt, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago
  • Dr. James Bader, University of North Carolina
  • Dr. Ben Balevi, University of British Columbia 
  • Dr. Gerard Byrne, University of Nebraska
  • Dr. Janet Clarkson, University of Dundee; Cochrane Oral Health Group
  • Dr. Paul S. Farsai, Boston University
  • Dr. Carlos Flores-Mir, University of Alberta
  • Dr. John Gunsolley, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Mike John, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Joseph Matthews, University of New Mexico
  • Dr. Nikolaos Pandis, University of Bern, Switzerland, and Corfu, Greece
  • Dr. Woosung Sohn, Boston University
  • Dr. Sergio Uribe, Universidad Austral de Chile
  • Dr. Kate Vig, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Robert Weyant, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. James Zahrowski, Tustin, CA