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Dental Hygiene   Tags: dental_hygiene, ebp, evidence_based_dentistry  

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What's the question?

 Formulate the problem into a question that can be answered

       Should I get fluoride varnish treatments for my child?


      Do children under 12 who have two treatments within 12 months of 5% fluoride varnish have fewer dental caries than those who did not have the treatment?

Develop keywords

Think of different concepts or words that can be used to search

 Synonyms are useful

Dental caries                         Children                Fluoride                           
Dental cavities Infants Topical fluoride
Prevention Adolescents Sodium Fluoride
Reduction Kids

    Where to search

    Select the database or search engine

    Different databases or search engines will provide different results.

    Consider what type of information you're looking for.  

    You wouldn't go to Weather.com to look for  movie schedules.

    Census.gov is a good place to find demographic information [how many 18 - 24 year olds who lived with their parents in 2012 did not have health insurance?]

    Medlineplus.gov  has reliable accurate health information for patients

    PubMed is the best place to look for scientific literature 


      Perform the search

      Terms can be combined using AND OR NOT


          OR will retrieve articles with either term     

             AND  produces articles with both                       


      Search Terms

      Number of Records Retrieved



      “child abuse”


      alcoholism AND “child abuse”


      "alcoholism OR "child abuse"   




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