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    Autism Studies Suggest That Teeth Can Point Out Environmental Risks

    boy 2 years in front of the mirror

    Pesticides and other pollutants that accumulate in the body could be causes of autism. The enamel on teeth could provide information regarding the exposure to these chemicals.

    Key takeaways:

    • Fallen baby teeth can be used to track exposure to chemicals that may trigger autism during pregnancy and infancy.
    • Tooth enamel forms at different stages and will absorb chemicals circulating in the body. It therefore acts like an archaeological record showing when exposure to certain chemicals happened.
    • Baby teeth could also be used as a painless way to extract DNA required to identify changes in the genes that could be linked to autism.

    “Taken together, research on baby teeth will inform us about potential causes of autism and who might be most vulnerable,” says Dr. Palmer, who is not directly involved in the UCLA study.

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    Dr Nicholas Riley BDS 1996, MJDF 2012

    Nik qualified from Cardiff Dental School in 1996. He has always had a keen interest in clinical excellence, and further education. He recently gained his MJDF qualifications Nik dedicates much of his time to attending many world renowned courses in restorative, aesthetic and implant dentistry, so he can ensure that patients benefit from the most up to date solutions.