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The Keeper of the Meaning and the Era of Evidence Based Dentistry

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The AAPD has stated that the clinical practice of pediatric dentistry has to be driven by science and evidence-based dentistry (EBD). However, our specialty must recognize the need for both EBD and age proven clinical experience. An amalgam of art and science is required, each respecting the other's important contribution and recognizing that neither alone is as good as the whole. Being a Keeper of the Meaning means handing on the values of the past to the future. The foundations of patient care are composed of both EBD and past clinical experience. Over time the clinician develops clinical intuition based on these foundations which results in optimum patient care. Pediatric dentistry will remain as much an art form as a science for the foreseeable future. There are clinical techniques and approaches successfully used for scores of years that the scientific method might never be able to validate but that doesn't necessarily mean that they don't have great value. The greatest weakness of the EBD movement is that there is no measure for clinical skill and experience. And yet, clinical success equals clinical skill and experience.
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Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Visiting professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Newark, N.J.; a faculty member, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, The Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel; and secretary general, International Association of Paediatric Dentistry, Geneva, Switzerland;, Email: [email protected] 2: Professor emeritus, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel; and professor emeritus, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Publication date: July 1, 2018

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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