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April 23, 1927


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New Haven, Conn.

JAMA. 1927;88(17):1342. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680430044027

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To the Editor:  —In Queries and Minor Notes (The Journal, March 26, p. 1024) is an answer to a correspondent from Minnesota who asks how he can prevent decay of deciduous teeth. Scrubbing the teeth will not do a particle of good. These children are apparently short on lime; the mother's milk was insufficient. The correspondent should have been advised to give the child proper food, including plenty of vitamins and plenty of milk, as well as feeding extra calcium. These children are often short on thyroid, and poor thyroid makes for teeth that decay rapidly in young children. Parathyroid extract may be of some value, and so is thymus at times. Apparently, the mother's milk of these children does not contain the proper elements of nutrition.I would recommend a careful study of the article on this subject by dentist Weston A. Price of Cleveland (Am. J. Dis. Child.

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