The Necessary Personal Oral Hygiene For Prevention Of Caries and Periodontoclasia*,**
Reprinted from New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal pp. 52-70, Vol. 101, No 2, August, 1948
* Studies promoted by facilities to which the author has had access at the School of Medicine, Tulane University of Louisiana, and by aid for equipment and supplies provided by the University. ** The substance of this paper was presented before a special meeting of the New Orleans Dental Association March 11, 1948.
"A clean tooth does not decay, and periodontoclasia does not occur about a clean tooth"
"Every person who has teeth to save and everyone who desires to maintain reasonable oral cleanliness must learn and follow the personal oral hygiene procedure herein described."
"By intensive microscopic study of extracted teeth, employing technical procedures not usually employed for this purpose, it has been possible to secure more accurate information regarding the conditions at the locations and in the environment where caries and periodontoclasia begin."
"It is evident that the practicing dentist should teach the necessary personal oral hygiene to his own patients. However, to teach it he must first know it himself. It is axiomatic that one cannot teach what he does not know himself. Except for anyone who may have already learned how to clean his teeth right, as here indicated, the dentist who still has teeth left now has more or less suppuration within the gingival crevices, and therefore active periodontoclasia, about some or many of his teeth. This will be confirmed by microscopic examination of properly collected material from his interproximal gingival crevices. He is losing his own teeth from the same conditions for which his patients need advice and treatment. Until he learns and practices the necessary personal oral hygiene to save his own teeth, he is not very well prepared to instruct his patients how to save theirs. Therefore he should first learn and practice the right method himself. Then he will realize how necessary it is for his patients also and can instruct them correctly and effectively."
"A Clean Tooth Does Not Decay, nor does periodontoclasia occur about a clean tooth." C. C. Bass, M.D.