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October 23, 1948

The Care of the Teeth, Pre-Natal and in Infancy: A Handbook for Mothers and Expectant Mothers

JAMA. 1948;138(8):624. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900080082038

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This 48 page book is composed of eight chapters in all. Part I, chapters I to III, belongs to the expectant mother, and part II, chapters I to V, is assigned to the child, but the chapters are without captions, and there are no references, bibliography or tables. The author gives his view as to care of the teeth. Some points are well worth heeding; especially one might refer to the proper care of the tooth brush, the selection of a toothpaste or powder which the child prefers or will accept, and also the emphasis which he places on the need for restricting foods of any kind after the teeth have been cleaned in the evening before the child retires. The author states as a subtitle that this handbook is for mothers and expectant mothers. It certainly is not directed to the medical profession. Some of the recommendations on gum

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