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August 30, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(9):482-485. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480350020001f

To secure a healthy condition of the human mouth and maintain it in that condition involves much, not only in the variety of methods by which this may be accomplished, but in its beneficent results, not alone to the oral cavity itself, but to the entire organism.

These considerations may be classed under two heads, viz.: methods, and results. Let us first consider "results," that is, to put it in the form of a question, what results are desirable in order to secure the one grand achievement, a healthy mouth, the accomplishment of which underlies the whole practice of dentistry.

As one of the first results, we may seek to obtain clean teeth, and by that we mean teeth that are clean—clean, not alone for the sake of their appearance, but with the object of improving their structure, of preventing decay, of invigorating adjacent tissues, and of securing the beneficial

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