n Journal of Minimum Intervention in Dentistry - Adopting minimum intervention in dentistry : diffusion, bias and the role of scientific evidence




Minimum Intervention (MI) in dentistry aims to empower patients through information, skills, and motivation to take charge of their own oral health and consequently require only minimum intervention from the dental profession. Although MI in dentistry has until now focused mainly on caries-related topics, it follows the 3-step philosophy of disease risk assessment, early disease detection and, if required, minimally invasive treatment. This philosophy is applicable to any type of disease. The subsequent benefit of MI is its focus on disease causes and ultra-conservative, patient-friendly treatment. Successful diffusion of MI depends on substantiation of its beneficial claims through low-bias evidence. Such evidence provides the first step for a wider adoption which, furthermore, depends on complex factors related to adopter behavior.


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