Excerpt from Educational Lectures on Dental and Oral Hygiene
T has frequently been impressed upon the Dental Profession that the public have not been properly educated on the im portance of the care of the teeth and the mouth as a vital factor in the preservation of the health, but it is gratifying to state that a number of Educators have been recently aroused to vigorous action, by advocating prophylactic measures for the public good. As a result of this action, the public is beginning to awaken to the fact that greater attention should be given to the hygiene of the teeth and mouth, which have an important bearing upon the general health. The public have not recognized their import ance in the digestive process, nor have they fully realized the dis astrous results upon the whole gastro-intestinal tract, through the development of micro-organisms causing disease, brought about by improper mastication, as the result of defective teeth, and the unclean condition of the mouth. The public have also overlooked the importance of the proper development of the teeth and bones of the face in the esthetic features, as well as in the regulating and purifying the air supply to the lungs, one of the factors in preventing the worst scourge of the human race, generally known as the White Plague or tuberculosis. Specialists of nose, throat, stomach and lung diseases attach great importance to the condition of the oral cavity in determining the cause and treatment of these ailments. It is good to conserve forests, lands and water utilities, but it is far more important and more fundamental to conserve human life, and thus develop a nation strong and vigorous.
In Canada and the United States, as well as some of the European countries, large sums have been expended to conserve the material resources, but little has been appropriated for the preservation of human life, and when such steps are taken by the authorities, the public will realize that the wealth of a country does not consist so much in material resources, as in the health of the people.
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