Is there evidence against evidence-based dentistry?
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I read with interest the letter by Mark Antosz1 in a recent issue of the Journal entitled “The evidence against evidence based dentistry” and the accompanying response by the evidence-based dentistry (EBD) editor of the Journal.2 I believe that Dr Antosz should become better acquainted with what EBD is and is not. Evidence-based medical or dental practice is defined as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence about care of individual patients integrated with clinical expertise and patient values to optimize outcomes and quality of life.”3 EBD involves tracking down the available evidence, assessing its validity and relevance, and then using the “best” evidence to inform decisions regarding care.4 The primary aim, and the most valuable application of the evidence-based approach to the practice of dentistry, is “to encourage the ordinary practitioner to look for and make sense of the evidence available in order to apply it to everyday clinical problems.”5
Evidence-based dentistry , Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Adeyemo WL. Is there evidence against evidence-based dentistry? Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2007 Jul;132(1):3.