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