The author has presented in a small volume the principles of oral prophylaxis and the technics he has found to be effective in the prevention or control of dental and oral diseases. He has prefaced the description of the preventive and therapeutic measures advocated by a brief discussion of the principal etiologic factors in the several conditions with which he deals, in this way rationalizing the procedures advocated. The text is chiefly devoted to dental caries and periodontal disease, with a more abridged discussion of periapical infection, pericemental abscess, Vincent's infection and gingival atrophy.
With respect to dental caries, Dr. Bunting's opinion is that the disease is bacteriologic in character and that Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most important specific etiologic factor. The local condition is influenced, he believes, by nutritional and systemic and perhaps hereditary features. The following description is given of a rational method of oral hygiene for children: