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Clinical Guidelines and Evidence Reviews

Good clinical practice should be based on high quality evidence and guidelines. We have curated evidence for key clinical areas to support anyone providing dental care for children. If you wish to view previous guidelines from BSPD that have not been updated, please click here.

How did we choose this list?

Cochrane reviews or clinical guidelines compliant with the AGREE principles were selected where possible. Open source publications were preferred. This resource is reviewed regularly, if you think anything important is missing please contact the QIRC team.

Caries and erosion – prevention and management

Management of Acute Dental Problems (SDCEP)

Delivering better oral health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention (PHE)

Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children (SDCEP)

Guideline: sugars intake for adults and children (WHO)

Restricting the Use of Dental Amalgam in Specific Patient Groups (SDCEP)

Use of Vital Pulp Therapies in Primary Teeth with Deep Caries Lesions (AAPD)

Diagnosis, Prevention and Management of Dental Erosion (RCSEng)

Pain and Behaviour Management

Update of Non-pharmacological behaviour management guideline (BSPD)

Clinical Holding in the dental care of children (BSPD)

Conscious sedation in Dentistry (SDCEP)

Guidelines for The Management Of Children Referred For Dental Extractions Under General Anaesthesia (BSPD)

Injectable local anaesthetic agents for preventing pain in participants requiring dental treatment (Cochrane)

Dental trauma

International Association for Dental Trauma Guidelines (IADT)

Developmental anomalies and other defects of hard tissue

Best clinical practice guidance for Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation (EAPD)

Management of Unerupted Maxillary Central Incisors (RCSEng)

Management of the Palatally Ectopic Maxillary Canine (RCSEng)

A Guideline for the Extraction of First Permanent Molars in Children (RCSEng)

Periodontology and oral medicine

Guidelines for Periodontal Screening and Management of Children and Adolescents under 18 Years of Age (BSP & BSPD)

Execuitive Summary for Guidelines for Periodontal Screening and Management of Children and Adolescents under 18 Years of Age (BSP & BSPD)

The Good Practitioner’s Guide to Periodontology (BSP)

Dental care for children with special needs relating to medical comorbidity or disability

Drug Prescribing for Dentistry (SDCEP)

Antibiotic Prophylaxis Against Infective Endocarditis (SDCEP)

Oral Health Management of Patients at Risk of Medication-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (SDCEP)

The Oral Management of Oncology Patients Requiring Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and/or Bone Marrow Transplantation (RCSEng)

Guidance on the dental management of patients with haemophilia and congenital bleeding disorders (BDJ article)

Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs (SDCEP)

Dental care for children with special needs relating to having a child protection plan or being a looked after child



Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Healthcare Staff (RCN)


Dental Radiography

Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography (FGDP)


Care Pathway


Starting Well Core Resource Pack (designed to support dental professionals caring for young children aged 0-2 years) (OCDO Engalnd/NHS England)

Transition from Children’s to Adults Services (Social Care Institute for Excellence)