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Science & Research

As America’s leading advocate for oral health, the ADA plays an influential role in the direction and scope of dental science and research. Through rigorous scientific inquiry and knowledge sharing, the ADA supports advancements in dental research and international standards that improve the oral health of all Americans.

ADA Research Programs

The ADA contributes to the advancement of dental research. Every year, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs issues a research agenda highlighting critical issues needing scientific exploration. The ADA also has its own state-of-the-art research facility: the Research Institute.

Evidence-Based Dentistry

Looking for answers to your clinical questions? The Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Web site is a practical resource for scientific evidence, which provides systematically assessed evidence as tools and resources to support clinical decision making.

Research Publications

The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the gold standard of dental scholarly journals. ADA members receive a free subscription to JADA, which includes insider updates from ADA News and the quarterly ADA Professional Product Review, an indispensable resource for unbiased analysis of top dental products.

Safety Through Standards

Dental standards are the key to product safety and system interoperability across the country and around the world. The ADA Standards Administration Department is the American standards body for dental materials, dental products and the emerging field of dental informatics. Thanks to clear standards, dentists can be confident that their instruments and systems are safe and secure.

ADA Seal of Acceptance Program & Products

Since 1931, the ADA Seal has stood for safety and effectiveness. And that's what really matters when you're buying products for your family.


The ADA advocates for national policies to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training and the dissemination of health information. 

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