Evidence-Based Dentistry: The Basics
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $49.00


This course focuses on specific and easy-to-understand steps for understanding the scientific evidence and how it can be used in practice.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Articulate differences between EBD and traditional approaches to making clinical decisions
  2. Explain how EBD incorporates research evidence, along with clinical expertise and patient preferences
  3. Identify role of research design
  4. Describe levels of evidence in science and practice
  5. Understand biases and limitations associated with published research
  6. Gain a basic understanding of statistics terminology


Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) is based on three important domains: the best available scientific evidence, a dentist's clinical skill and judgment, and each individual patient's needs and preferences. This course focuses on how EBD differs from a traditional approach to making clinical decisions, explains how EBD incorporates evidence with clinical expertise and patient preferences, and covers the basics of research design, levels of evidence, statistical concepts and the limitations of published research.

  1. Introduction
    1. Evidence Based Dentistry
    2. Traditional Decision-Making approach
  2. Clinical Examples (1-3)
  3. Evidence Based Dentistry as a 5-step process
  4. The Evidence Pyramid and how it can be used through EBD in dental practice
  5. Research designs
    1. Interventional Designs
    2. Observational Designs
    3. Narrative Review
    4. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
  6. Critical Summaries and EB Treatment Recommendations
  7. Basic Statistics: P<.05, confidence intervals, null hypothesis, forest plots
  8. Why is published research so sensitive to bias?
  9. Summary of covered topics


Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, American Dental Association; 2013. Available at: http://ebd.ada.org/

Evidence Pyramid. Image available at:

Ahovuo-Saloranta A, Forss H, Walsh T, Hiiri A, Nordblad A, Mäkelä M, Worthington HV. Sealants for preventing dental decay in the permanent teeth. Forest plot. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD001830. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001830.pub4.

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