Evidence-Based Dentistry: A Paradigm Shift:

The dental profession has begun a paradigm shift from patient care based upon traditions and opinions towards care based upon the best available evidence. Many clinicians find it difficult to stay abreast of the latest scientific literature and integrate it into their clinical practice. Throw your dental journals away and discover online resources to access the most current scientific information within

A public health dentist and researcher, Dr. Ronni Brown is among a growing network of dentists nationwide who have been recognized as a "champion of evidence-based dentistry" by the American Dental Association.

In this interactive session, learn how to be a critical consumer of scientific information and obtain the most reliable data that will assist you in making treatment decisions and improve clinical outcomes for your patients. Challenge yourself to change the way you practice dentistry from "what I learned in dental school" to "what I learned from reliable scientific sources". Long-standing opinions regarding implant placement, third molar extractions, dental crowding, and prophylactic antibiotics will be weighed against the scientific evidence on these topics.

Learning Objectives:
• Learn how to navigate on-line databases, such as PubMed and Cochrane Library, to access high-quality scientific evidence
• Identify junk science and other low quality sources of information
• Explore how to apply scientific data to your daily clinical decisions
• Understand how to communicate scientific evidence to patients to assist them in making treatment decisions
• Discover how the dental team can become "dental encyclopedias"

  • CE Credit: 2
  • Audience:
Ronni Brown

Ronni Brown, DDS, MPH

Dr. Brown is a dynamic, engaging, and influential presenter who captivates audiences with her experiences treating “meth mouth” patients at a detention facility. As a clinician, educator, and researcher, she brings a unique perspective to the topics of addiction and dentistry and helps audiences understand the impact of substance abuse on oral health and treatment outcomes. Her research on the effects of drug-use patterns on the severity of “meth mouth” has garnered national interest, was published in the Journal of the California Dental Association, and has positioned her as a leading national expert on “meth mouth”. Dr. Brown is among a growing network of dentists nationwide who have been recognized as a “champion of evidence-based dentistry” by the American Dental Association. As a public health dentist and researcher, Dr. Brown promotes the application of scientific evidence to guide treatment decisions, enhance patient education, and improve clinical outcomes. She has provided more than a dozen expert opinions for the Dental Board of California (written reports) and has been an expert witness in administrative hearings for the Dental Board, rendering an opinion regarding standard of care based upon scientific evidence.