Interdisciplinary Approaches to Promote Adolescents' Oral Health and Reduce Disparities

AADR: Other addictive and harmful behaviors and substance use.

Other topics that may fit within this proposed research initiative include oral effects of addictive or risky behaviors (e.g. video games and computer usage, risky sexual behaviors, piercing and self-mutilation, etc.) and the use of other drugs and alcohol. Research on marijuana is especially timely as state and local governments move towards decriminalization and legalization for recreational or medical purposes. These new laws may impact its availability, patterns of use and formulation (i.e., constituents; edible versus inhaled, etc.). Finally, AADR recommends research on the impact of teen pregnancy on maternal and child oral health within this initiative.

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Comment No. 362