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August 1, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(5):386-390. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410050026002g

While the term "Riggs' Disease" conveys a pretty definite meaning to the profession and to a majority of the laity, many of the profession have felt that it was not a term of sufficient scientific import and rather tended to emphasize the poverty of nomenclature in the dental department of medicine.

This led to the search for a more scientific name, and "pyorrhea alveolaris" became almost universal. This term, being descriptive of but one of many symptoms, failed to satisfy most of the students of this disease, and it remained for Talbot to point out that in all cases there was an underlying inflammation of the connective tissue of the gingiva and to suggest the name of "interstitial gingivitis."

CAUSE.  The cause of interstitial gingivitis is still a question of dispute, although many theories have been put forward, some, if not all, of utmost plausibility. The truth of the matter

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