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Dental Hygiene: Evidence Based Practice: Evidence Based Dentistry

EBP, Statistics tab, Journal Links

Evidence Based Practice Resources

Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) is the framework for your clinical decision-making process.

Is the integration of:

  • Your knowledge, skills, and past experience (Clinical Expertise)
  • The unique preferences, concerns and expectations of your patient (Patient Characteristics)
  • Valid and clinically relevant research (Best Evidence)  


American Dental Association Direct Link


  • Use this button to access the ADA Center for Evidence Based Dentistry directly

ADA EBD Video Series

  • Use the above button to access ADA's Evidence Based Dentistry Series


EBM Toolkit

  • Click on the toolbox above to access resources such as appraisal worksheets, self evaluation guides and help with clinical question formation. Maintained by the Knowledge Translation program of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto ON


Terms to Know

Systematic Review a research method that is designed to answer a research question by identifying, coding, appraising and synthesizing a group of studies.

Meta-analysis: a systematic method that takes data from a number of independent studies and integrates them using statistical analysis.

Randomized Control Trial (RCT): An experimental study to assess the effects of a particular variable, e.g., a drug or treatment, in which subjects are assigned randomly to an experimental, placebo, or control group.

Bias (in regard to research): A tendency of procedures in study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, review or publication, to yield results or conclusions that depart from the truth.


5 A's - Steps for Acquiring Information




  •   Review the situation (Assess)
  •   Define the clinical problem as a question (Ask)
  •   Select resources, design a strategy, and search for the answer (Acquire)
  •   Summarize the evidence yield (Appraise)
  •   Apply the evidence (Apply)

Levels of Evidence