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.
Antibiotics for Dental Pain and Swelling Guideline
A panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs presents clinical recommendations concerning the use of antibiotics for the urgent management of pulpal- and periapical-related dental pain and intra-oral swelling.
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Antibiotic Prophylaxis Guideline
A panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs updates and clarifies the clinical recommendations found in the 2013 evidence-based guideline "Prevention of Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures."
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Caries Management Guidelines
A panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs presents clinical recommendations for 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.
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Fluoride Toothpaste for Young Children Guideline
The 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.
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Infective Endocarditis Guideline
This guideline updates the 1997 recommendations by the American Heart Association for the prevention of infective endocarditis (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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Non-fluoride Caries Preventive Agents Guideline
A panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs addresses several questions regarding the efficacy of non-fluoride agents in reducing the incidence of caries and arresting or reversing the progression of caries.
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Oral Cancer Guideline
A panel of experts convened by the 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, in the oral cavity.
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A panel of experts convened by the 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.
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A panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs presents an evidence-based clinical practice guideline and systematic review for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants.
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Topical Fluoride Guideline
A panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs assesses the efficacy of various topical fluoride caries-preventive agents, including mouthrinses, varnishes, gels, foams, and pastes in this 2013 evidence-based clinical practice guideline.
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Archive of ADA Guidelines
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 methodology for developing clinical practice guidelines is described in the ADA Clinical Practice Guidelines Handbook. PLEASE NOTE: This handbook does not totally reflect the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry's most current guideline methodology, which is described in the book "How to Use Evidence-Based Dental Practices to Improve Your Clinical Decision Making." Additional insight into the center's most current methodology is also available by referring to clinical practice guideline for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants.