Besides struggling with physical changes to their bodies, adolescents must deal with emotional, psychological and social problems at school, home and among peers. Instead of worrying about acne, finding a date for the prom or making a team, they now face more pressing issues of choosing a career, acceptance into college and a more competitive job market. Additionally, the issues of cyberbullying and social acceptance may lead them to coping behaviors resulting in life-threatening and life-changing concerns with associated dental implications.
The most prevalent medico-social issues facing adolescents are pregnancy, substance abuse and eating disorders. This course is intended to help the dental professional identify and manage adolescent pregnancy issues and their dental implications.