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Dental Hygiene Research

Evidence based decision making is the process by which therapeutic decisions are made based on sound scientific evidence. Access to scientific evidence and research is available though the many electronic resources available over the internet. The following resources have been compiled to assist the dental hygienist in researching the scientific evidence on which to make treatment and product recommendations.



PubMed provides free access to the National Library of Medicine’s database of over 14 million bibliographic citations. PubMed also features links to the full text of selected articles at participating publisher’s web sites.

United States National Library of Medicine

The Cochrane Collaboration / The Cochrance Library

Dental Medicine Library at the University of Pennsylvania

The Stanford Health Library

Virtual Hospital
Digital library of health information from the University of Iowa


checkDental Hygiene and Dental Research Organizations


Dental Hygiene Research

National Center for Dental Hygiene Research and Practice (NCDHRP).

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

International Association for Dental Research

DH Net
National Center for Dental Hygiene Research

Evidence Based News Site

checkHealth Information Centers


National Health Information Center

Guide to reliable health information

Oral Cancer Foundation

check Drug Information


Drug Information from Medline Plus
Search options for generic and brand name drugs

Herb Med
Herbal medication information

Stanford Health Library
Drug Information and Therapies

University of Maryland Medicine
Drug information leaflets and drug interaction check


checkDental Hygienist’ Guide to Using the Internet


Dental Hygiene Guide to the Internet