Responsibility of Dental Schools for the Dental Health and Welfare of the American People
by Charles C. Bass, M.D. New Orleans, La. (June 1954)
“A heavy responsibility rests upon dental schools for the dental health and welfare of the American people. The purpose of this paper is to direct attention to this responsibility and to point to some of the steps that have to be taken in discharging it.”
“Not only are these diseases almost universal, but, for all practical purposes, they are entirely preventable. People in general do not know this. Most dentists do not know it either. They have the same diseases themselves and lose their own teeth, as do also members of their own families, about to the same extent as their patients and others do. If they knew how to prevent this they surely would do it."
“Under these circumstances it is the solemn obligation of dental schools and especially of those in the schools who are responsible for the soundness of the instruction and training of the students, to seriously consider and investigate this matter and then to provide for the proper instruction and study opportunity in this regard.”