The two preceding articles in this series1 have shown that the daily addition of a pint (473 cc.) equivalent of evaporated milk to the diets of children in an institution (one group receiving irradiated and the other nonirradiated milk) produced a measurable increase of growth in height and weight and in ossification of the bones in the wrists as compared with that of the control group given the regular institutional diet. The present study deals with the progress of dental caries in the same groups of children during the same period.
A number of workers have reported a striking arrest of dental caries as a result of different types of dietary supplement. Since their findings have been reviewed many times (Hanke,2 1934) they will be only briefly recalled here. Mellanby, Pattison and Proud,3 working with children in an institution, were the first to show experimentally that
ROBERTS LJ, ENGLEBRECHT S, BLAIR R, WILLIAMS W, SCOTT M. EFFECT OF A MILK SUPPLEMENT ON THE PHYSICAL STATUS OF INSTITUTIONAL CHILDREN: III. PROGRESS OF DENTAL CARIES. Am J Dis Child. 1938;56(4):805–823. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980160085010
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