Sugar companies played a large role in shaping early federal research policy on dental care in ways that still hinder American public health, according to an analysis of hundreds of documents tracing an industry advisor's correspondence from the late 1960s. The documents show a clear link between the industry's suggested research priorities and those adopted by a federal program created to research tooth decay prevention.
Though producers acknowledged as early as the 1950s that sugar is linked to tooth decay, industry leaders refuted suggestions that Americans should cut back on sugar. Instead, they promoted investment in the development of sealants and a tooth decay vaccine so as not to conflict with the marketing o...
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