The Weston Price Award

 

Awarded by the Dental Research committee to dentists who have: either contributed a journal to our site, or that have participated in the Gobal data Project.

Journals

Journals are what makes this site run and it is our token of appreciation to these dentists.

Global Data Project 

In addition, dentists can earn the award if they participate in the Global Data Project.  These dentist have helped their community by documenting the various health conditions that exist in their area.  By winning this award the society officially acknowledges that the dentist has made a significant statistical contribution to the project.  Dentists interested in applying for submission must go to the Global Data Project page and follow all instructions for submission.   Candidates can elect to receive the award at the annual ceremony, or mailed to them.

 

 

About Weston Price:

Weston Andrew Valleau Price[1] (September 6, 1870 – January 23, 1948) was a dentist known primarily for his theories on the relationship between nutrition, dental health, and physical health. He founded the research institute National Dental Association, which became the research section of the American Dental Association, and was the NDA’s chairman from 1914 to 1928.[2][3][4]

Price initially did dental research on the relationship between endodontic therapy and pulpless teeth and broader systemic disease, known as focal infection theory, a theory which resulted in many extractions of tonsils and teeth.[5] Focal infection theory fell out of favor in the 1930s and was pushed to the margins of dentistry by the 1950s.[6]

By 1930, Price had shifted his interest to nutrition. In 1939, he published Nutrition and Physical Degeneration,[7] detailing his global travels studying the diets and nutrition of various cultures. The book concludes that aspects of a modern Western diet(particularly flour, sugar, and modern processed vegetable fats) cause nutritional deficiencies that are a cause of many dental issues and health problems. The dental issues he observed include the proper development of the facial structure (to avoid overcrowding of the teeth) in addition to dental caries. This work received mixed reviews, and continues to be cited today by proponents of many different theories, including controversial dental and nutritional theories.