Medicine: Caries

When they warn children against sweets, doctors and dentists act on an old hunch that there is some relationship between diet and dental caries (tooth decay). Last week at a meeting of the First District Dental Society of the State of New York, two brothers, Lieutenant Leland James Belding, a Navy physician, and Paul H. Belding, a Waucoma, Ia. dentist, claimed to have confirmed the belief that diet and caries are related. Backing their conclusions with a mass of laboratory detail gathered over a period of twelve years, they declared that the cause of...

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