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Evidence

Scientific evidence is just one tool an informed dentist uses to arrive at the best treatment decision. But with such a large volume of published studies, how do you easily find the latest evidence? This website is a great place to start your search for systematic reviews, critical summaries, and clinical practice guidelines.

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Please note: Due to technical difficulties, the evidence database is not fully functional. We are actively working to address these issues and appreciate your patience.


Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines provide recommendations for patient treatment based on a scientific assessment of therapeutic options. ADA Clinical Practice Guidelines are developed by a panel of experts under the guidance of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. The expert panel critically appraises, summarizes, and interprets the clinical relevance of the body of evidence to develop practical recommendations.

Critical Summaries

A critical summary is a short (1 to 2 pages) document that summarizes and critically evaluates a systematic review. It provides information on how the results of the systematic review can be applied when treating patients.

Plain Language Summaries

Plain language summaries are a great tool to help you effectively communicate scientific evidence to your patients. Direct your patients to this online resource which is easy to understand and provides information they can trust.

Systematic Reviews

A systematic review involves explicit methods for conducting a comprehensive search of medical literature on a specific clinical question. The systematic review then provides a critical appraisal of individual studies and may also include additional statistical techniques to combine study results that help answer the clinical question. This searchable database references over 2,000 systematic reviews on oral health topics and is updated monthly.