Causes of Caries A Symposium

Causes of Dental Caries

What Dietary Best Fits Dental Needs?

Some Eminent Authorities Join in a Symposium on Various Phases of this Problem

Question No. 11

DO YOU PRESCRIBE A DIET FOR THE CONTROL OF DENTAL CARIES AND IF SO, WHAT FOODS DO YOU RECOMMEND?

 

CHARLES F. BODECKER,

New York City.

 

                Simply to advise a balanced diet made up principally of foods forming an alkaline ash in the body. Systemic medication is best restored to with the aid of a physician.

J. D. BOYD,

College of Medicine,

University of Iowa.

 

yes; the same diet that we recommend for any healthy child; one which exceed the minimal safe intake of the various recognized nutritional essentials; based on liberal allowances of mild and other dairy products; eggs; vegetables; fruits; cod liver oil.

RALPH HOWARD BRODSKY,

New York City.

 

Yes, a properly balanced diet.

RUSSEL W. BUNTING

School of Dentistry,

University of Michigan.

 

Yes. A nutritionally adequate diet of uniform quality with low sugar content.

WAITE A. COTTON,

New York University,

College of Dentistry.

 

I do not recommend any foods until I know that a deficiency exists and what that deficiency us. It is not always a deficiency. The foods may not be digesting and being assimilated as they should. This may be due to a number of factors. Each case must be considered separately. No blanket diet can fit everybody.

 

MILTON T. HANKEE,

Chicago, III.

 

A liberal diversified diet containing the following daily essentials:

1—8 to 16 oz. of orange juice.

2—1 to 2 eggs.

3—1/4 to ½ head lettuce.

4—.75 to 1.0 lbs. vegetables.

5—0.5 lb. fruit.

6—2 to 4 oz. butter.

7—0.25 lb. meat.

8—8 to 32 oz. milk.

HAROLD V. HAWKINS,

Los Angeles, California.

 

Yes. All foods are used. It is a case of establishing proper mineral balance.

I. NEWTON KUGELMASS,

1060 Park Avenue,

New York City.

 

The diet prescribed is a raw alkaline-forming regime consisting of certified mild, raw fruits and raw vegetables, the required amount of protein, particularly viscera and other foods offered last.

E. V. McCOLLUM,

Johns Hopkins University,

Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Essentially the diet recommended by Boyd and Drain. This is essentially the diet which I recommended as early as 1915 on general principles for the promotion of health.

ARTHUR H. MERRITT,

580 Fifth Avenue,

New York City.

 

Yes, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, stressing the daily use of milk, leafy vegetables and citrus fruits and tomatoes. With children, not less than one quart of milk daily plus other dairy products. In cases of adults often suggest that they consult their physician believing that generally he should be better qualified to give dietetic advice.

M. FRANCIS WIELAGE,

Ada M. Wielage,

Miami, Florida.

 

As the supplementation is a strictly individual one, I do not believe in a certain diet to control caries in every individual.. Thru biochemical studies we try to supplement the individual to normal and hold him there.