May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Evidence-based Dentistry: How to Get Involved with Evidence-Based Dentistry

September 2015 Volume L Number 5

 Do you know all there is to know about pulpectomy success and its effect on the succedaneous tooth's eruption and enamel formation? No? You are in good company in fact, the best.  

Even the pulp therapy experts producing AAPD's first evidence-based dentistry (EBD) review on vital pulp therapy in the primary dentition can't answer that question?yet. But once the systematic review is done, it will provide guidance on sequelae (if any) and effectiveness of different pulp therapies. Behind those answers will be the hard work of a dedicated band of EBD pioneers. Through trial, error and heated debate, Drs. Coll, Marghalani, Seale and Vargas (members of the pulp therapy workgroup) have honed the processes of evaluating and synthesizing evidence.

You may be thinking, "I want to contribute to pediatric dentistry's science base, but I am no EBD expert." Few are, but don't worry. Education is one click away!

Interested in learning more about EBD? Take some classes, volunteer for EBD projects, speak to your state association about EBD once you are conversant, and most important, keep up with the science and apply it, as appropriate, to your practice. 


Resources for Learning More About EBD

AAPD Evidence-based Dentistry Page

AAPD's EBD page is the virtual home of evidence-based dentistry at the American Academy of Dentistry. Here you'll find resources to help you understand and apply evidence-based dentistry.

You have an opportunity to participate in the process by submitting your ideas. If you find a topic that stumps you or you feel is in need of an EBD guideline, you can submit it for review via our topic suggestion form:


Evidence-based Dentistry Workshop at AAPD's Annual Session

Attend the next EBD workshop at Annual Session in San Antonio to obtain a practical understanding of evidence-based methods. Participants will learn how to develop clinical questions using PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparator, Outcomes) as well as refine clinical questions and facilitate computer searches. Basic elements of PubMed will be introduced and applied, providing the attendees with the computer skills necessary to perform literature searches related to specific clinical questions. 

Practical information about research design will increase attendee abilities in critically evaluating published research studies according to the strength of evidence they provide. Look for registration information in the January edition of PDT.


Cochrane Oral Health Group

Volunteer The Cochrane Oral Health Group provides tutorials on EBD and produces oral health systematic reviews. Visit this page for more information on volunteering: http://


ADA Evidence Reviewer Program

The American Dental Association provides EBD training for those selected to write critical summaries of systematic reviews. Content experts in dentistry are all eligible to be authors. Visit this page for more information: about/become-a-critical-summary-author.


For further information, please contact AAPD Policy Center EBD Manager Laurel Graham at (312) 337-2169 or 

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