The possibilities for usefulness of the dental profession suggested to our mental horizon make us sigh and wonder if the time will ever come when the laity may receive the proper instruction regarding the real value of the organs of mastication.
Comparatively few understand and appreciate all that the faithful dentist may be able to accomplish. But too many either wholly neglect this important subject or, perhaps worse, make the best bargain counter contract possible with the man who guarantees "satisfaction or no money back" until the skillful esthetic dentist cries out, "hideous, all is hideous," "cleanliness next to Godliness" will not be in that mouth.
To whom shall we turn in this hour of doubt? To the vast army of educators, ministers, physicians, teachers of schools, and all public institutions.
But the public educator will tell us that the child must learn to keep his mouth clean at home.
STEEVES AM. THE PHYSICIAN'S DUTY TO THE CHILD FROM A DENTAL STANDPOINT.. JAMA. 1905;XLV(8):514–515. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510080012002b
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