Disease of the human gums, in these days of advanced civilization, is very common and almost universal. In fact, it is a rare thing to find gums that are in all their margins perfectly free from irritation, inflammation, hypertrophy, atrophy, or absorption, and many will show evidence of gingival ulceration. At three previous meetings of this Section I have presented papers closely connected with the present subject. The conditions then studied were the result of advanced inflammatory or suppurative processes; but by the term "simple gingivitis" I include only that condition of the gum margin about the necks of the teeth, known as the gingiva, that shows the slightest departure from health, but is fully established and persistent in its nature. It is the purpose of this paper to take gingival irritation in its simplest form and point out its etiology and treatment, and in this way prevent the subsequent
CARPENTER GT. SIMPLE GINGIVITIS, ITS ETIOLOGY AND TREATMENT. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(3):161–164. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470290007002
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