BRANDHORST, 0. W.: St. Louis, Mo. (Sep. 14, 1938).

 [For Public Dental Education Committee, St. Louis Dental Society, 0. W. Brandhorst, Chair­man, 1934; and Socio-economics Committee, Missouri State Dental As­sociation, 0. W. Brandhorst, Chairman, 1935-1936.]

In 119,413 pupils ranging, in age, from kindergarten through Teachers College, there was an average of 3.15 carious dental cavities per person. Any attempt to provide broader dental health-service should be aimed at prevention, and its application should be begun in the early life of the child.

The percentage need for dental attention (including prophylaxis), by grades, was found to be: Kindergarten, 83.6 ; first, 92.5 ; second, 93.9 ; third, 96.0; fourth, 94.6 ; fifth, 95.6; sixth, 93.6; seventh, 95.2; eighth, 94.3; ungraded, 94.5; ninth, 96.3 ; tenth, 96.5 ; eleventh, 94.9 ; twelfth, 95.6; ungraded, 95.9 ; vocational, 96.7; Teachers College, 94.8. The average time, in hours, required to render the needed dental services in various population-groups (present condition and anticipated sub­sequent service over one year) was : Kindergarten child, 5.23; grade child, 6.35 ; Teachers College student (white), 7.7; rural grade-child, 7.8; high-school pupil, 8.8; vocational pupil (white), 10.6; professional person, 12.1; college student, 12.2; white-collar person, 15.7; urban adult, 17.2 ; merchant, 18.7; unclassified person, 18.8; housewife, 18.9; rural adult, 19.2 ; housemaid, 20.8; farmer, 21.4; trade-and­factory worker, 23.5.

Reference: J. Am. Col. Den., 5, 273, 1938.

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