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Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines are the strongest resources to aid dental professionals in clinical decision making and help incorporate evidence gained through scientific investigation into patient care. Guidelines include recommendation statements intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline on Nonrestorative Treatments for Carious Lesions

A panel of experts convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs presents clinical recommendations concerning the use of nine nonrestorative caries treatments, including the ADA's first-ever recommendations for silver diamine fluoride (SDF). This guideline is the first in a series of four guidelines that will focus on caries management.

View Nonrestorative Caries Treatment Guideline

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A process for developing clinical practice guidelines is described in the ADA Clinical Practice Guidelines Handbook. PLEASE NOTE: This handbook is, at the moment, being updated to better reflect the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry's most current methodology. For insight into this latest methodology, please refer to the clinical practice guideline for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants.