Abstract: The “digitization” of dental practice is rapidly progressing. Almost all dental practices have computers, but only 25% of general dentists use them in the operatory. In this presentation, we will take a look at three challenges to improving oral health: documenting patient care, translating best evidence into practice and advancing knowledge through practice-based research. We will discuss how dental informatics research can help address these challenges.
Keywords: dental informatics; research; oral health; challenges; patient records; evidence-based dentistry; practice-based research networks; decision making; education; training