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 for the Evaluation of Potentially Malignant Disorders in the Oral Cavity
A panel of experts convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs presents an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on evaluating patients for oral cancer. The goal of this 2017 clinical practice guideline is to inform clinicians about the potential use of adjuncts as triage tools for the evaluation of lesions, including potentially malignant disorders (PMDs), in the oral cavity.
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View Topical Fluoride Guideline Now
The panel assessed the efficacy of various topical fluoride caries-preventive agents, including mouthrinses, varnishes, gels, foams and pastes.
View Prosthetic Joint Guideline Now
In 2014, the ADA's Council on Scientific Affairs assembled an expert panel to update and clarify the clinical recommendations found in the 2012 evidence-based guideline Prevention of Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures.
View Sealants Guideline Now
A panel of experts convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs presents an evidence-based clinical practice guideline and systematic review for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants.
View Fluoride Toothpaste for Young Children Guideline Now
The American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs met with stakeholders to discuss differing public messaging on the use of fluoride toothpaste for young children. The participants agreed that a unified recommendation on the use of fluoride toothpaste for young children would be preferable and less confusing to the public.
View Nonsurgical Treatment of Chronic Periodontitis Guideline Now
A panel of experts convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs presents an evidence-based clinical practice guideline and systematic review on nonsurgical treatment of patients with chronic periodontitis by means of scaling and root planing (SRP) with or without adjuncts.
View Non-Fluoride Caries Preventive Agents Guideline Now
The panel addressed several questions regarding the efficacy of non-fluoride agents in reducing the incidence of caries and arresting or reversing the progression of caries.
View Infective Endocarditis Guideline Now
The guidelines update the 1997 recommendations by the American Heart Association for the prevention of IE. The committee concluded that IE prophylaxis for dental procedures should be recommended only for patients with underlying cardiac conditions associated with the highest risk of adverse outcomes from IE.
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A list is provided of clinical practice guidelines previously published by the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry that are now outdated.
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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.