Medicine: How to Have Good Teeth

The dental experts last week spoke an aching mouthful of facts and theories that all added up to one sad conclusion: there's no future in teeth.

Try Starving. The 124 patients at the Birmingham (Ala.) Hillman Hospital were badly undernourished. They suffered from scurvy, pellagra, other starvation diseases. According to orthodox theory, their deficient diet should have ruined their teeth. But investigators found, to their surprise, that the 124 patients had only one-third as many cavities and missing teeth as well-fed people usually have.

These puzzling findings were reported in the Journal of the...

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