I commend the NIDCR for maintaining its long-standing commitment to reducing and eliminating oral health disparities and fully support focused initiatives in the arena of adolescent oral health. From tobacco, to nutrition, to physical activity, self-care, substance misuse, and mental health, this lifestage is a critical developmental and behavioral period with ample opportunities for formative research and innovative interventions. I encourage the NIDCR to take a broad view of "adolescence" to encompass late childhood and early adulthood, as well.
Comment No. 346