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REPORT OF THE ATTENDING DENTAL SURGEON,
PORT RICHMOND, N. Y., June 30, 1917, To the Board of Managers of
The New York Catholic Protectory.
The following is the report of dental work done for the girls during the year ending June 30, 1917. Teeth Extracted (beyond saving).
639 Silver Fillings....
38 Gutta Percha Fillings.
27 Cement Fillings.
31 Teeth Treated.
96 Abscesses Treated
4 Children Examined.
3843 We are pleased to say that the girls continue to show the usual great amount of interest in the care of their teeth, realizing the importance derived therefrom, and no doubt appreciate the untiring interest taken in their behalf along these lines.
We, therefore, under these conditions, are enabled to save many more teeth, and the number of extractions of permanent or second teeth is decreasing, as the reports show.
The girls voluntarily report to me upon seeing or suspecting the first signs of decay, and in many cases by simple polishing, what might have been a badly decayed tooth is rendered perfect, or a small cavity is at once filled permanently.
It surely is a fact worthy of mention that during all my years of rendering services in the New York Catholic Protectory, I have not as yet had to resort to lancing the outside of the face of any of the girls. This is frequently done among
the public, leaving an unsightly scar on the face. No doubt this is mainly due to the constant watch and care given the girls by the good sisters.
It certainly is a pleasure to work among children so well disciplined, for when they know they must undergo a painful extraction they submit in all cases with little or no resistance.
There are many specialists, and the number is increasing yearly, who do nothing but attend the regulating or straightening of the teeth. These operations are usually very costly and of much annoyance to the young patients, some cases taking years to correct. There is no doubt that few of the girls who have spent some time in the New York Catholic Protectory will have necessity for teeth regulating, as the constant watch over their mouths, and removal of temporary teeth when required, will surely insure an even set of permanent teeth.
Many systemic disorders are now beyond doubt traced to trouble with the teeth, particularly in mouths where nerves have been killed and presumably the roots improperly filled.
The care of children and constant watching is an absolute necessity to insure against having cavities form and teeth decay to such an extent as to require the nerves to be killed. In the New York Catholic Protectory this care is being taken no doubt more so than if the child were at home, and therefore it can be said that the institution is surely looking after the future as well as the present welfare of their children, and that in time to come many of these dread diseases due to defective teeth and mouths will have been eliminated.
I thank the Reverend Sisters for their capable and untiring assistance, and am pleased to report as usual the absence of a single case of any serious or complicated condition.
A. H. XIQUES.
REPORT OF THE LARYNGOLOGIST AND OTOLOGIST,
WESTCHESTER, June 30, 1917. To the Board of Managers of
The New York Catholic Protectory.
The following is the report of the Throat, Nose and Ear cases treated in the Girls' Department during the year ending June 30, 1917: Tonsils Removed....
176 Adenoids Removed..
152 Acute Purulent Otitis Media
12 Chronic Purulent Otitis Media.
14 Furuncle of the Ear....
7 The intelligent devotion of the Infirmarian, Sister Eugenie, merits the highest commendation.
JOSEPH W. DROOGAN.
REPORT OF THE PLACING-OUT BUREAU
For the Year ending June 30, 1917
Number of Girls placed July 1, 1916, to July 30, 1917......27 Number of Girls transferred ....
..12 Number of Girls under supervision..
..90 Number of Visitations made to Girls...
238 Number of Homes investigated with view to placement.. .47 Number of Girls returned to relatives...
12 Number of Girls discharged from Supervision List..... ...34 Number of letters received.
309 Number of letters answered.