Medicine: Dessert Before Dinner

The youngster who wants to start his supper with ice cream and cookies, and leave the meat and potatoes until last, usually accomplishes nothing except upset his mother's appetite. But the kid is right and his mother is wrong, says Dental Surgeon Howard R. Raper of Albuquerque. Sweets eaten at the beginning of the meal leave little sugar in the mouth, because later courses scour it away. And sugar remaining in mouth crevices promotes tooth decay.

For weight-conscious adults, there is an added advantage to reversing the customary order of courses, says Dr. Raper in Dental Survey. People who begin their meals...

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