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August 13, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(7):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740590044014

Within the last few years, considerable experimental data have accumulated showing that dental caries can be prevented or controlled by eating the proper foods. Among the more extensive reports may be mentioned1 those of Bunting and his collaborators at Ann Arbor, Mellanby in England, Boyd, Drain and Nelson in Iowa City, and Hanke in Chicago. Taken collectively, these experiments demonstrate that dental caries may be considered largely as a dietary deficiency disease, a statistical fact of peculiar significance because of the amenability of this class of disorders to treatment. More striking, perhaps, is the insinuation that the complacent attitude of many persons relative to the supposed adequacy of the "average" American diet may be wholly unfounded. In a brief report of the incidence of caries in 1,192 children in public schools and orphanages in Michigan, tooth decay has been found by Bunting, Jay and Hard2 in from 80