Causes of Dental Caries. A Symposium

Causes of Dental Caries
The Effect of Nutritional Correctionon Dental Caries.
Some Eminent Authorities Join in a Symposium On Various PhasesOf this Problem
Question No. 8
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT PROPER DIETARY CONTROL CAN LESSEN DENTAL CARIES?
CHARLES F. BODECKER,
New York City.

The observations on children by Boyd, Drain and Nelson, Bunting, McBeath, Mellanby and others indicate that this is possible WHEREVER caries is due to a dietary deficiency. On the other hand, the ill effects of heredity, endocrine disturbances and lack of vigorous mastication cannot be remedied by dietary means.

J. D. BOYD,
College of Medicine,
University of Iowa.

This has been established beyond controversy.

RALPH HOWARD BRODSKY,
New York City.
Unquestionably.

RUSSEL W. BUNTING,
School of Dentistry,
University of Michigan.

Yes, in the great majority of individuals.

WAITE A. COTTON,
New York University,
College of Dentistry.

It can not only lessen dental caries, but can stop it most cases.

MILTON T. HANKE,
Chicago, III.

Yes.

HAROLD V. HAWKINS,
Los Angeles, California.

Yes.

FRANCES KRASNOW,
The Murry and Leonie GuggenheimDental Clinic,
New York City.

The conditions for health and life of the tooth are associated directly or indirectly with those conditions which make for the health and life of the body as a whole. Human well-being is dependent on careful attention to physiological requirements—rest, diet, freedom from poisons (formed, such as bacteria, microorganisms generally, and unformed poisons other than those originating from infection, as the various chemical substances of industry); etc. The close interrelationship of these factors precludes an entirely independent treatment of any one of them. Thus, diet analysis, viewed as part of such a comprehensive scheme, will bring effective results.

1Extracted from indicated Trends in Dentistry for Children I, Diet and Dental Health. International Journal of Orthodontia. In Press.

I.NEWTON KUGELMASS,
1060 PARK AVENUE,
New York City.

Yes. The diet must be complete in the forty required nutrients with a maximum amount of alkaline-forming foods at each meal

E. V. McCOLLUM,
Johns Hopkins University,
Baltimore, Maryland.

Yes. Bunting, Howell, Boyd and Drain, May Mellanby, McBeath, and the Toronto group, all get results which seem to establish the fact that susceptibility to caries of the teeth can be greatly reduced by a proper diet.

ARTHUR H. MERRITT,
580 Fifth Avenue,
New York City.

Yes. Abundant proof of this: that is it may “lessen dental caries.”

M. FRANCIS WIELAGE,
ADA M. WIELAGE,
Miami, Florida.

I surely do.

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