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August 1922


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From the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children.

Am J Dis Child. 1922;24(2):160-170. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1922.04120080067004

The responsibility of oral diseases must rest on the physician rather than on the dentist, for the dentist and oral surgeon heal and correct already existing oral disorders, while the opportunity of detecting and preventing potential disturbances comes to him whose contact with the patient commences early and continues with more or less frequency.

This is particularly true of the pediatrician; who visiting the patient in most cases shortly after birth assumes the care of the general condition, which naturally thrusts on him the responsibility for the condition of the oral cavity. The widespread interest lately aroused by statistics indicating the large numbers of children affected with teeth disorders, makes it desirable for the pediatrician to become better acquainted with the normal oral cavity, so that he may detect earlier any abnormal conditions or tendencies in the child's mouth. With these facts in mind, it may be profitable to examine