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February 29, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVI(9):414-415. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430610016002f

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The destruction of children's teeth is to me, as it must be to all of you, a source of the greatest regret, and ordinary methods have failed to overcome the difficulty. It would be useless for me to attempt to go into details as to the cause of this condition, as it must be perfectly apparent to all, who stop to consider a moment. I think the first and greatest cause is neglect and ignorance as to the proper time and means of caring for the teeth. I tell you, gentlemen, it is astonishing to see the ignorance of some parents in regard to the teeth of their children. They will come into your office with a child and point to a six-year molar with the crown nearly destroyed, and say: "Doctor I wish you would extract this little snag." You will answer, "That is a permanent tooth and should

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