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In recent years much has been accomplished through the cooperation of the physician and the dentist in correcting systemic infections having their origin in the oral cavity. Heretofore, comparatively little attention has been paid to the teeth and gums by the examining physician; but since the recognition of the importance of focal infection and of the close relationship between diseased teeth and gums and systemic disturbances, the superficial oral examination of yesterday has given way to the more rigid examination of today. In many instances, when the systemic condition has not yielded to any other form of treatment, therapeutic measures directed toward the elimination of oral infections, apparently the primary focus, have resulted in definite improvement, if not complete convalescence.
Too often, in cases of suspected focal infection, extraction of the teeth has been carried out without resultant change in the general condition. Doubtless, many of these teeth could have
GOLDBERG HA. DENTAL INFECTIONS: SYSTEMIC MANIFESTATIONS AND BACTERIOLOGIC OBSERVATIONS. JAMA. 1927;89(5):355–359. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690050021008
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