Absence of Dental Caries in a Nigerian Bush Village

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Science  05 Oct 1962:
Vol. 138, Issue 3536, pp. 38-39
DOI: 10.1126/science.138.3536.38


A surprising lack of dental decay was encountered in 600 individuals living in a primitive West African village where severe malnutrition exists. Low values of fluoride in water supplies and in deciduous teeth seem to exclude fluoride as a protective agent. Further studies of caries in this population are warranted.