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January 9, 1897

DISEASE OF THE ORAL CAVITY A POTENT FACTOR OF GENERAL DISEASE.

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ATLANTA, GA.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(2):68-69. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440020020001g

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Abstract

The oral cavity in its broad range of function, in its necessity to the life and advancement of the human family, fills one of the most important offices of any organ of the body.

Serving, as it does, among other important functions, in the articulation of human speech, in vocalization, prehension, mastication, insalivation, deglutition, etc., it has constant employment from the induction of life to the last breath of old age. It plays equally an important part in both the sorrows and pleasures of life. And since its functions are so imperative, we can readily appreciate the fact that any pathologic condition existing here might with ease become manifest upon other organs.

We will call attention to some of the deleterious effects of first dentition. We know that this period covers the most critical span of human life, but it has been stated by eminent authority that the vast mortality

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