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January 18, 1908

ACID AUTOINTOXICATION AND SYSTEMIC DISEASE, THE CAUSE OF EROSION AND ABRASION.

JAMA. 1908;L(3):196-202. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310290032002h
Abstract

The prevailing opinion has been, and is taught to-day, that the cause of diseases of the mouth, jaws and teeth are of local origin. Peculiarly is this true of erosion and abrasion, judging from the literature. It has been my purpose in life to devote my time to researches to disabuse the minds of members of the profession of this dormant notion. While it is possible that local factors may enter into the etiology, yet the great factor in all cases of dental pathology is constitutional rather than local. In this paper I shall furnish another proof of these assertions. No one factor, either local or constitutional, can be accepted as the cause of a given disease. Thus, tooth decay is due to lactic acid ferment; the great cause, however, is evolution and degeneration. Outside of the etiology of tooth decay perhaps no subject has caused so much anxiety to

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