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Baby Teeth May Hold Clues to Origin of Autism

Experts believe that certain nutrients may have links to the developmental disorder known as autism.

Key points:

– Researchers are examining baby teeth to see what nutrients or chemicals they have been exposed to.

– Baby teeth form in the womb, their growth layers can be studied like tree rings.

– Researchers have identified differences in levels of zinc and copper in the baby teeth of children with and without autism.

Speak to your dentist if you would like to know more about dental needs during pregnancy.

“To determine the effects of abnormal zinc and copper metabolism on developing autism, Curtin’s team focused on baby teeth collected from Swedish twins.”

Article:

https://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/autism-news-51/baby-teeth-give-clues-to-autism-s-origins-detection-734271.html

 

Alison Thompson Practice Owner, Hygienist EDH Eng, Dip DHE Eng

Alison qualified in 1982 and for the last 15 years has been working locally in private practice. Dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy gums and fresh breath she works closely with the dentist to provide high quality treatment. She is bubbly and kind. She has two children and a Chihuahua cross Boston Terrier.