I strongly support an expanded approach to address oral health disparities. This initiative addresses oral health by thinking broadly about determinants of health that transend a particular disease. As stated in the announcement it will require expertise in many disciplines of research. I believe it also requires a systems approach that can take advantage of health care systems to advance the goals of this initiative.... more »
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Promote Adolescents' Oral Health and Reduce Disparities
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The idea to target the adolescent group is truly justified. It is a need for hour to channelize the approach so as to integrate oral health for this age group. In today's scenario we could encounter adolescents to be at the mainstay of such oral disorders mainly oral potentially malignant disorders and oral cancer due to their addictive habits of using different forms tobacco, alcohol consumption etc. I support the objectives... more »
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... more »
On behalf of the VCU iCubed Oral Health Core in Childhood and Adolescence, we appreciate and support the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Promote Adolescents' Oral Health and Reduce Disparities. As providers for adolescents, we recognize the multi-strata approach in addressing the various concerns of adolescent oral health as an invaluable resource. Thus, we contribute the following comments: As numerous practitioners... more »
The magnitude of a specific problem may not always generate a person's unyielding passion to develop a cure, but rather an individual's encounter that profoundly effects their need to intervene. Such is the case that surrounds the creation of Clean Bite™️, an oral appliance designed to enable soldiers who had lost their arms in war, the ability to independently brush their teeth again. Clean Bite™️ is the most unique... more »
On behalf of its 10,500 members, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) appreciates and supports the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Promote Adolescents' Oral Health and Reduce Disparities. As health care providers for adolescents, we recognize the multi-strata approach in addressing the various concerns of adolescent oral health as an invaluable resource. Thus, we contribute the following comments: • As... more »
As a leading manufacturer of sugarfree gum, Mars recognizes the complexity and severity of poor oral health. For decades we have been committed to collaborating with oral health experts to better understand and advance science in this area for the benefit of consumers, as well as the scientific and public health communities. Poor oral health status affects the lives of individuals at all ages and socioeconomic levels... more »
On behalf of colleagues at the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Oral Health (known as CAN DO), thanks for the chance to provide input. Overall, we support the "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Promote Adolescents' Oral Health and Reduce Disparities" initiative since adolescence is such an important period in the lifecourse for establishing healthy behaviors and learning to self-manage health. We agree that research... more »
The concept clearance defines adolescence from ages 12-19. Some individuals in this age range attend college. Cutting adolescence off at age 19 may be in the middle of their college careers, which would be somewhat arbitrary. A broader range, up to age 21, would be helpful.
According to the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, the median age of onset of bulimia is 18 (1), so specific inclusion of oral health research on bulimic patients would be wise. A recent systematic review identified several oral health manifestations of bulimia. In particular, specific patterns of tooth erosion can be the first visible indicators of bulimia, so dentists and hygienists can have a crucial role in... more »
AADR applauds NIDCR's previous investments in e-cigarette research and encourages continued investment in this area. According to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, e-cigarette use among adolescents has reached "epidemic" levels. (1) E-cigarettes are the most popular tobacco product used by middle and high school students, and there is evidence that e-cigarettes may lead adolescents who never would... more »
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... more »