Evidence-Based Dentistry Symposium Generates Interest

The October 12, 2007 symposium sponsored by the School of Dentistry and Minnesota Dental Association was attended by over 100 dentists who heard a call for collaboration of practitioners, researchers, educators and dental payer plans to improve the research data base and refine the application of evidence-based dentistry to patient-centered dental care.

Senator Dave Durenberger provided a background on policy challenges facing health care, as well as his personal experience with dental care through his life. Dr. Sheila Riggs, Delta Dental of Minnesota; Dr. Fred Eichmiller, Delta Dental of Wisconsin; and Dr. Craig Amundson, HealthPartners Dental Group described ways that evidence-based dentistry is affecting their organizations. Dr. Gary Anderson, School of Dentistry faculty member, provided introductions and moderated the follow-up panel. The speakers’ PowerPoint presentations are provided below.

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