Robert J. Weyant, DMD, Associate Dean for Dental Public Health and Community Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, will receive the American Dental Association/American Association for Dental Research (ADA/AADR) Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award. The award will be presented at the upcoming AADR Fall Focused Symposium and ADA 2014 America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio.

Weyant served as chair of the expert panel responsible for the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs publishing an updated clinical practice guideline for the professional use of topical fluoride. In addition to his work in promoting evidence-based dentistry and educating faculty and students about it at both the University of Pittsburgh and Oxford University, Weyant has conducted numerous research projects and written a number of articles on the subject.

Evidence-based dentistry focuses on providing personalized dental care based on the most up-to-date scientific knowledge. It combines the dentist’s clinical judgment with scientific evidence as well as patients’ oral and medical conditions/histories and treatment preferences.