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November 10, 1923

ORAL PROPHYLAXIS AND PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY: WHAT THE PHYSICIAN CAN DO TO HELP

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PASADENA, CALIF.

JAMA. 1923;81(19):1595-1598. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650190025007
Abstract

The opportunities of the physician for lending his aid in establishing better dental conditions are many. In fact, it is possible to give advice concerning the teeth to nearly every patient whom he is called on to treat.

The great majority of persons seek the services of a dentist only when compelled to do so for relief from pain or discomfort. Much unnecessary suffering, inconvenience and expense could be spared if it was possible to advise the patient to have his teeth examined and treated before serious trouble had developed simply from neglect.

It is a recognized fact that nine persons out of ten will heed the advice of a physician when he recommends that their teeth be given proper attention when perhaps they have disregarded timely advice from a dentist. The question of health makes a stronger appeal, usually, than a matter of appearance or even comfort, and will

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