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October 8, 1927

Pyorrhœa Alveolaris. Its Ætiology, Pathology, Symptoms, Sequelae and Treatment.

JAMA. 1927;89(15):1271. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690150081042

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The need for a standardized terminology and universally acceptable description and definition for the disease known as pyorrhea alveolaris becomes apparent in reading Mr. Steadman's interesting work. The lack of agreement with the author's conclusions will be due, largely, to the differences in definitions. If the condition described by him as the germcarbohydrate type of pyorrhea is accepted as such, his deduction that it is primarily a disease of childhood must be admitted. If his premises are questioned, the conclusions will fall of their own weight. He gives as the causation a carbohydrate diet, especially sugar, and mouth breathing.

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