Evidence-Based Research

EBD Ven Diagram


‌Evidence-based Dentistry (EBD), as defined by the American Dental Association (ADA), is “an approach to oral healthcare 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.”


Quickly find the best answer to your clinical question or add your comments to the ongoing discussion:

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What is a CAT?

A “Critically Appraised Topic” is a brief summation of the best evidence on a given clinical topic.  The online CAT library is updated as new research is published. Currently, the library provides users with up-to-date evidence-based answers to more than 1000 focused clinical questions.

How do I use CATs?

To begin your search, click the “Search the Library”. You may search by keyword(s), author(s), co-author(s), and/or mentor(s). You may also browse by dental specialties or topics.

About CATs

The CATs Oral Health Library was established with a grant from the NIDCR, NIH R25DE018663 and is currently supported, in part by U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Grant D84HP19953. Special thanks to the UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Dentistry for their generous offer to use the library.