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November 21, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(21):1548-1549. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730210046018

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Dietary Control of Dental Decay  The experimental work of Mrs. May Mellanby on the effect of diet on the teeth is well known and has been summarized in previous letters (The Journal, March 8, 1930, p. 728; April 13, 1931, p. 1324). Since 1929 she has been making reports to the Medical Research Council on the influence of nutrition on the development of the teeth and jaws in dogs and other animals, and on the experimental production of dental and periodontal disease. A report is now being prepared on the influence of diet on human teeth and their resistance to disease. In the preface to an interim report, the council declares that the body of new knowledge so presented is of immeasurable value for the promotion of public health and for the lessening of pain and facial disfigurement. The trial of controlling dental decay in children's teeth by a slight

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