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November 23, 1912

THE RECIPROCAL INFLUENCES OF MORBID CONDITIONS OF THE MOUTH, JAWS AND GENERAL ECONOMY

JAMA. 1912;LIX(21):1883-1884. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110297016
Abstract

Much has been written in recent years relative to the unhygienic mouth as an etiologic factor in systemic disease. In fact, a wave of enthusiasm has been created so that oral cleanliness as a prophylactic measure against disease is receiving earnest attention both here and abroad. The municipal appointment of dental examiners in the public schools, in many parts of this and other countries, is evidence of the interest that has been manifested in the care of the mouth and teeth. Great credit is due the dental profession for this important step in the right direction, for its members have been mainly instrumental in bringing it about. The medical profession has likewise been a factor in proving to city officials the need for this advance in the protection of public health.

There is, however, much to be done to establish in medical, dental and lay minds a knowledge of the

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