Research Agenda

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes that high-quality evidence is the foundation of the science and practice of pediatric dentistry. Clinical care should be based on evidence-based dentistry (EBD) principles. Where there is insufficient evidence, relevant research should be conducted to help fill these gaps and better inform clinical practice. The AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs is charged with updating and affirming the AAPD Research Agenda. The AAPD Research Agenda highlights strategic research topics relevant to the practice of pediatric dentistry.

To help improve individual patient and population oral health outcomes, we urge academic, state, federal, philanthropic, and corporate funding agencies to devote resources to the following areas:

  • improved diagnosis, prevention, and management of dental and craniofacial conditions through the life course (e.g., emerging dental caries management agents, precision/personalized oral health care, technologies and strategies to monitor and promote health and self-care). 
  • interdisciplinary research to understand and eliminate oral health disparities and promote oral health for all (e.g., basic behavioral and social determinants of health, development of evidence-based public health interventions, clinical trials focusing on children and vulnerable populations, integration of dentistry into the health care delivery system, interoperable databases between medicine and dentistry, models of interprofessional collaboration, data sharing, training, and team science).
  • translational research to move scientific knowledge into practice and policy (e.g., dissemination and implementation of evidence-based care principles into clinical practice, barriers to dissemination and implementation, policy and practice partnerships).

This agenda is an update of the previous version, revised in 2017.