The Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) process is structured to identify and use the best information relevant to a particular clinical situation and follows these four steps:
1. Question - Articulate a clear question based on the patient's clinical situation
2. Find - Conduct a comprehensive literature search for the best evidence
3. Appraise - Critically assess the evidence
4. Act - Apply the best evidence to patient care
According to the ADA's Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) is defined as:
"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."