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April 3, 1948

Your Teeth: And How to Keep Them

JAMA. 1948;136(14):954. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890310046032

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This volume, written by a practicing dentist and teacher of dentistry, attempts to present intelligibly answers to questions about teeth and their care to the lay reader. While the book is intended primarily for the nonmedical person, it may have real usefulness to the physician in interpreting such material to his patients.

Facts about the structure and growth of teeth are introduced in relation to proper care and as a background for good oral hygiene. Common dental problems that arise at various age levels are discussed with special attention to the care of children's teeth. The author refutes the general belief that there are "hard and soft teeth" and makes a strong case against "fear of dental pain" in view of local and general anesthetics, drugs to calm the highly nervous person and advances in dental technic. Restorative dental treatment and appliances are dealt with at some length, with skilled

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