May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Evidence-Based Dentistry

May 2016 Volume LI Number 3

African bush elephants’ gestation period is approximately 22 months, South Sea pearls take from two to three years to reach diameters of up to 15mm, and evidence-based guidelines take at least two years to produce. All examples, in this insta-age where patience is tried by 30-second download times, that the truly superior and grand cannot be rushed or virtually replicated. Unlike African bush elephants that generally give birth to a single calf, this year the AAPD will produce two evidence-based guidelines. 

The AAPD has been working on two evidence-based systematic reviews: vital pulp therapy and non-vital pulp therapy. The pulp therapy workgroup’s final report will be presented to the board of trustees at Annual Session, and the full systematic review will be published in the September/October issue of Pediatric Dentistry. Progress is being made in the production of the non-vital pulp therapy review; protocol will be published and registered in 2016. The sealant guideline, a joint project of the ADA and AAPD, is slated for publication in the fall of 2016. 

AAPD’s evidence-based guidelines are being produced in accordance with standards created by Institute of Medicine and mandated by the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC), an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and therefore will be eligible to be included in the NGC. Inclusion in the NGC guarantees our guidelines will be seen by private and public payors, policy makers and the public. 

Evidence-based guidelines are equal parts science and experience. These evidence-based guidelines are evidence that the AAPD, and pediatric dentistry as whole, are dedicated to excellence in care.

1 Drs. Coll 1, Seale 2, Vargas3, and Marghalani1


1: Division of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore, Md., USA 2: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas, USA 3: Corridor Kids Pediatric Dentistry, North Liberty, Iowa, USA 

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