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Study compares tooth decay related to soda consumption, illegal drug use

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — Soda may be as damaging to the teeth as some illegal drugs, according to a new study.

The study, published in the March-April 2013 issue of the journal General Dentistry, found that drinking large quantities of carbonated soda that the study labeled "abusive" can be as harmful to dental health as methamphetamine and crack cocaine.

The research team that conducted the study, led by dentist Mohamed Bassiouny, compared the damage in the mouths of three individuals — a methamphetamine user, a previous long-time user of cocaine and a person who drank two liters of diet soda per day for five years — who said they had poor oral hygiene and did not regularly see dentists. All showed the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion.

"Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in their drug of choice — meth, crack or soda," Bassiouny said. "The citric acid present in both regular and diet soda is known to have a high potential for causing tooth erosion."

 

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Kroger’s Turkey Hill Dairy president retires

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Turkey Hill Dairy president Quintin Frey retired Tuesday, according to Kroger. 

"Quintin has been a great ambassador for the Turkey Hill brand and an important part of the Kroger leadership team," stated David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. "The Kroger family extends our thanks and best wishes to Quintin and his family."

Frey began his career with Kroger at Turkey Hill Dairy in 1980 as a management trainee. He served in a variety of leadership roles before being promoted to serve as president in 1991.

During Frey’s 22 years as president, premium ice cream-marketer Turkey Hill tripled in size and profitability and now sells products in 49 states, a dozen countries and three continents.

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Amazon launches men’s grooming platform

BY Antoinette Alexander

SEATTLE — Amazon.com is looking to further tap into the men’s grooming market with the launch of its new men’s grooming platform.

The men’s grooming area features such products as skin care, body care, shave, hair care, oral care, and kits and gifts sets. The site also features a series of “how-to guides” on such topics as “Get the Perfect Shave,” “Get Kissable Skin” and “Get Trendy Hair.”

The site also has a section for “problem solvers,” such as Philips Norelco 1280X SensoTouch to cool razor burn and Dove Men+Care Cool Silver Antiperspirant to beat body odor.

According to reports, Chance Wales, director, category leader — U.S. Health & Beauty, was quoted as saying, “We’ve put together regimens based on expert advice so that a man who doesn’t really know what to do in terms of taking care of his skin will be able to gain that information.”
 

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