Baby Teeth

Baby teeth could be predictor of autism, study finds

June 13, 2018 - 1:07 pm
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Scientists continue to look at potential links to autism as well as ways to determine if suspicious changes can be measured early. 

A new report from the Journal Science Advances has a new theory and it has to do with teeth and certain key elements. 

According to the study, zinc and copper metabolism, which can be measured by looking at the layers of baby teeth, may be able to predict which children will develop autism spectrum disorder, the scientists looked at the naturally shed teeth of children and explored them to measure the accumulation of zinc and copper. The researchers found that children who later developed autism had disrupted zinc-copper uptake in utero or in their earliest months of life. 

This does not suggest a cause, but it definitely is an area to follow.