National Geographic : 1934 Aug
Your Dentist's Detective "It's a good thing we made these X-ray pictures. Here's a small hidden cavity which I could not discover without my X-ray detective." C-pOOSTPONING a visit to your dentist is 1 not postponing trouble. It is bring ing it closer. Time and money will be saved by a visit to your dentist every six months. It is impossible to have good health if the teeth, gums and soft tissues of your mouth are not kept in good condition. If your dentist advises X-ray pictures of your teeth, take his advice. With the X-ray to inform him, he knows the condition of the deeper structures, the roots and the tooth sockets. In many cases early cavities can be found only by X-rays. If you have pyorrhea he may discover it at a stage in which it can be successfully treated. Because an aching tooth demands prompt attention it is usually far less dangerous to health than the undiscovered trouble maker. A tooth may seem to be sound and healthy and yet hidden trouble may be brewing. Infection may exist at the root of a guilty tooth long before it is suspected that anything is wrong. Meanwhile, the surrounding bony structure is being broken METROPOLITAN LI1 FREDERICK H. ECKER. PRESIDENT , PF m FE IN down and destroyed, while infection may be absorbed into the system through the blood stream. Such infection may damage the heart and other vital organs, may cause eye, ear, sinus, nerve, joint or digestive trouble. When a firmly rooted tooth is to be ex tracted an X-ray picture may be needed to assist the dentist. Sometimes the roots are hooked or teeth may have failed to come through the gums. In such cases damage to the jaw-bone may result from a "blind" extraction. If you have sound teeth and gums, then a correct diet, including some hard and "crunchy" food, will help to keep them healthy. Teeth, living parts of the body, are built by food. They need the minerals contained in eggs, milk, vegetables, fruits and cereals. Metropolitan will be glad to send its free booklet, "Good Teeth." Address Booklet Dept. 834 -N. SURANCE COMPANY ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. S19e4 M.L.I. CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."