Medicine: Why Teeth Decay

Three hundred orphans in an asylum near Ann Arbor, Mich, raised a tumult of delight last week when they learned that Professor Russell Welford Bunting, University of Michigan oral pathologist, had decided that acidophilus bacilli make teeth decay. That meant that Professor Bunting probably was through fussing with the mouths, meals, appetites and digestions of the 300 orphans, whom he has had under close dietary supervision for the past five years.

Acidophilus bacilli are the germs which the late great Russian Biologist Elie Metchnikoff recommended as an aid to digestion and longevity....

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