Dentistry: Fluorides for Better Bites

Dentists have long been convinced that fluoridated drinking water can cut cavities in children's teeth by 60% or more. But fluorides may be even more valuable than that. At the annual session of the American Dental Association in San Francisco last week, Dr. Thomas K. Barber, associate head of Pedodontics at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, reported that fluoridated drinking water can help eradicate bad bite—an affliction that affects more than half the 50 million children in the U.S.

Dr. Barber's statistics came from a study conducted in Evanston, Ill.,...

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