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February 22, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(8):544-546. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710340022006

Dental care of the highest grade is necessary if the health problem of the child is to be solved.

No single health measure counts for more in preventive medicine than the maintenance of a healthy state within the mouth. It is evident that the mouth and its structures are the outposts along the route for the entrance of air and food into the body, and these necessities may at any time carry a cargo of pathogenic bacteria. If the outposts are impregnable, no foothold can be gained and invasion is prevented. On the other hand, if ready lodgment is offered within carious teeth and the diseased tissue that always surrounds them, the invaders find shelter, warmth, moisture and food in which to multiply and await the convenient season for forays into deeper and more vital structures.

Carious teeth not only become foci of infection but serve as avenues for the