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December 19, 1908

ALVEOLITIS OR SOME PATHOLOGIC CONDITIONS ARISING FROM INEFFICIENT CARE OF THE MOUTH.

JAMA. 1908;LI(25):2113-2121. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410250013001c
Abstract

Civilization brings with it the necessity of conscious intelligent care of the body, in order that good health may be enjoyed for the allotted three score years and ten. This is particularly true in case of the teeth.

I believe it possible, by the proper selection of prepared foods, to live a moderately healthy life without teeth, yet to live under such conditions could hardly be called enjoying good health. To have good teeth and healthy gums is one of the first requisites of perfect health. The belief that everybody can secure this condition, even by proper care, may be utopian, but this ideal can be nearly attained by most persons. Not only this, but a large percentage of diseased teeth and gums can be restored to comfort and usefulness by proper treatment and continual cleanliness. If every surface of every tooth could be kept perfectly clean one would have

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