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Dental Medicine: Resources for the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

For students and faulty and the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
You will find evidence-based dentistry related recourses (on this page), PICO questions and critically appraisal of dental research (on the sub-page).

Evidence Based Dental Blogs

The number of published research articles in clinical dentistry grows larger each year. Analysis shows that even in specific subject areas publication is spread across many journal titles.

The Dental Elf is a daily blog maintained by the editor of Evidence Based Dentistry. It provides brief summaries highlighting evidence-based publications relevant to dental practice.

TOP: The Orthodontic Professors "is a curated site dedicated to providing evidence-based professional opinion from experts in the field...(the) mission is to promote the use of best evidence in clinical orthodontics and orthodontic education."

Evidence Based Tutorials

          University of Toronto

  • ADA Evidence-based Dentistry Tutorials

Evidence-based Dentistry: Getting Started

Evidence-based Dentistry: Making Clinical Decisions

Evidence-based Dentistry: Educating Others

Evidence-based Dentistry: Improving Business Operations

What is Evidence Base Dentistry

The American Dental Association defines evidence based dentistry as:

"an approach to oral health care 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."

EBD integrates: 

  • the dentist's expertise, 
  • the best available scientific evidence,                                                
  • and the patient's needs and preferences.

Venn Diagram of the 3 parts of EBD

EBD 5 Step Process

The EBD process is a structured approach to identifying and using the best information relevant to a particular clinical problem. It follows these 5 steps:

  1. Question 
    Articulate a clear question based on the patient's clinical problem.
  2. Find 
    Conduct a comprehensive search for the latest relevant research
  3. Appraise 
    Critically assess the evidence
  4. Act 
    Use the best identified valid and relevant evidence in patient care
  5. Evaluate
    Assess how well the previous steps worked

Series of Articles from the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association

A series of free articles published in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (JCDA) titled "The Building Blocks of Evidence-Based Dentistryby Susan E. Sutherland are a useful explanation of the EBD process.

• Sutherland SE. (2001) Evidence based dentistry: Part I Getting started. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 67(4): 204-06.  PMID: 11370277

• Sutherland SE, Walker S. (2001) Evidence based dentistry: Part II Searching for answers to clinical questions: How to use MEDLINE. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 67(5): 277-80.   PMID: 11398391

• Sutherland SE. Evidence based dentistry: Part III Searching for answers to clinical questions: Finding evidence on the Internet Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 67(6): 320-3.  PMID: 11450294 

• Sutherland SE. (2001)  Evidence based dentistry: Part IV  Research design and levels of evidence.Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 67(7) 375-78.  PMID: 11468093

• Sutherland SE. Evidence based dentistry: Part V Critical appraisal of the dental literature: Papers about therapy. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association.67(8); 442-5.  PMID: 1583604 

• Sutherland SE. (2001) Evidence based dentistry: Part VI  Critical appraisal of the dental literature: Papers about diagnosis, etiology and prognosis. Journal of Canadian Dental Association. 67(10) 582-5.  PMID: 11737981

Evidence Based Dentistry Web-Resources

ADA Center for Evidence Based Medicine

The Evidence Database Topic Index in the American Dental Association's Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry provides access to a curated collection of current systematic reviews, critical summaries and practice guidelines.

The Evidence Database is updated quarterly so it is possible that you will find a more current review if you search a continuously updated database like PubMed.

You should also turn to a database like PubMed when you do not find a review on your topic in the ADA's DSR. Search first for a systematic review and then for individual research studies.

EBP Resources


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