Dental Practice Volume . 5

Dental Practice Volume . 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... or it might be produced by carious or decayed teeth that caused pain whenever an attempt was made to masticate the food taken into the mouth; as a result the food would receive the least possible amount of trituration. These reasons for indigestion are of a purely mechanical nature, and are very true and important causes of indigestion. But there is another equally important cause, and that is the constant ingestion of large numbers of bacteria from unhealthy mouths. You who are scrupulous in the use of a toothbrush will with difficulty imagine the condition in which some individuals keep their mouths. The continuous presence of the pyogenic or pusforming organisms in the stomach will at last weaken the powers of the stomach. The quantity of hydrochloric acid excreted will, in time, be diminished, and if the supply of organisms is not diminished, deeper-seated changes will take place, resulting in atrophy of the secreting structures. I do not wish you to understand that I am teaching that all indigestion results from a diseased condition of the oral cavity. Such is not the case, but I wish to point out to you the fact that, when there is a condition of such oral disease, in time this condition.will produce the state we have just considered. How long the stomach can withstand the poison will depend, as I have said before, upon the dosage of the poison and the resistance of the individual. W. F. Clarke, M.D., Toronto, reports the following case, which illustrates the close and important relationship existing between diseases of the stomach and pathologic conditions of the oral cavity: E. B., a middle-aged woman. For three or four years has suffered from failing health, with "weak spells," loss of desire for food, and distress after...
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236566505
  • 9781236566508