Dr. Dykstra was recently part of a select group of 100 dentists and educators at a recent conference on Evidence Based Dentistry held at the American Dental Association Headquarters in Chicago.
Evidence Based Dentistry in summary is choosing the best diagnostic methodologies, clinical treatment options, and dental materials based on the latest and highest level of scientific evidence, not tradition, manufacturers’ recommendations, or the way things always have been done.
This latest relevant evidence is then combined with the dentist’s clinical experience and expertise and the patient’s preferences and needs to achieve the best treatment and outcome for the patient.
The two main objectives achieved were learning how to look at all the historical and present information analytically and disseminating this information to dental colleagues.
EBD is a method to stay up to date on the current science.
The ADA definition: Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) is an approach to oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient’s oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist’s clinical expertise and the patient’s treatment needs and preferences.