International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for the Dental Hygienist
The evidence-based practice movement was novel when it began in the 1990s, and today it is the gold standard throughout all of health care. Yet dental hygienists who wish to apply this standard in their own practices have had to seek evidence-based knowledge on their own. In response to this need, a few of these evidence-based practitioners have now joined forces to share their knowledge with other dental hygienists through the medium of a new professional journal on evidence-based practice for the dental hygienist. This journal is an effort not to replace other respected dental hygiene periodicals, which provide valuable scientific and clinical research findings, but rather to rigorously assess the validity of those findings in order to enhance the use of evidence-based guidelines in practice.
Evidence-based research can influence the way dental hygienists practice in novel and unexpected ways. For example, we have learned that sealants are effective not only for caries prevention but also for secondary prevention when they are placed over early noncavitated lesions. Some other examples of changes to our way of practicing that have resulted from evidence-based research include the importance of caries risk assessment, understanding that HPV is a risk factor for oral pharyngeal cancer, our role in tobacco cessation, and the associations between oral diseases and systemic conditions. All of these examples highlight the fact that what we do impacts not just our patients’ teeth but their overall health as well.
While the focus of our new journal will be topics related to dental hygiene, these topics will also be relevant to the broad field of dentistry in general. In addition to publishing clinically relevant information, the journal will also publish regular feature articles that will help readers become efficient in implementing evidence-based procedures and techniques in their own practice. We will help you build skills, such as searching for high-quality research, understanding statistics, and critically assessing research, that are important to anyone in health care today. Hygienists, assistants, dentists, and other members of the health care team will benefit from this unique approach to extending their professional knowledge and training.
About the Editor
Julie Frantsve-Hawley, editor-in-chief, is the executive director of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and an adjunct assistant clinical professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. She formerly served as director of the American Dental Association (ADA) Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD), where she developed and launched the ADA EBD website and an evidence-based practice guidelines program. She is a registered dental hygienist and received her PhD from Harvard University’s Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, after which she conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She is editor of the textbook Evidence-Based Dentistry for the Dental Hygienist (Quintessence, 2014).
Elliot Abt, DDS, MS, MSC
James D. Bader, DDS, MPH
Ben Balevi, DDS, MSC
Su-yan Barrow, RDH, MA, MPH, PhD
Ann Battrell, MSDH
Lauren Chin, RDH, BS
Janet Clarkson, BSC, BDS, PhD
Jane L. Forrest, BSDH, MS, EdD
Barbara Greenberg, MS, PhD
JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
Salme E. Lavigne, RDH, MS(DH), PhD
Pamela Leong, MS, PhD
Deborah Lyle, RDH, MS
Jodi L. Olmsted, RDH, PhD
Joan M. Pellegrini, RDH, BSDH, MS, PhD
Hope Saltmarsh, RDH
Dagmar Else Slot, dr
J. Leslie Winston, DDS, PhD