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What challenging conversation is on your schedule today? Successful communication with adolescents on sensitive issues can positively impact their oral health – and overall well-being – but they aren’t easy! Dental professionals find it challenging to talk with adolescent patients and parents/caregivers about a host of medical conditions and lifestyle choices related to oral health, including obesity, eating disorders, substance use, transgender choices, sexual practices, pregnancy and STIs. Based on the results of a 2019 survey of pediatric dentists, this session discusses difficult topics that arise in conversations with adolescents and assesses the biggest barriers to communicating about sensitive issues. It offers practical advice on how to hold effective conversations on potentially embarrassing topics, engage adolescents in more open conversations and provide much needed information on vital health concerns. A must-attend session for every member of the clinical team who wants to go beyond shrugs and eye rolls while serving the adolescent patient population. Download Slides