Health Editor’s Note: With this discovery it is easy to see that a developing baby is influenced by the environment and life choices of his or her mother. The mother’s diet and her exposure to everything i her environment affects the developing fetus. According to the American Dental Association “20 primary “baby” teeth that will appear in the next two to three years are already in the baby’s jaw at birth. Most of the crowns (tops) of the baby teeth are almost fully developed, and the crown of the six year old molar has begun forming. A baby’s first teeth begin to appear as early as six months after birth. The front two upper and two lower teeth usually appear first.” Some items that were found in these baby teeth were lead, cobalt, zinc, vanadium, and other elements in 13 children with ADHD, eight with autism, 12 with both ADHD and autism, and 41 typically developing children…..Carol
Baby Teeth May Identify ADHD
by Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Baby teeth revealed how a child metabolized essential and toxic elements and differed among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder versus those without such symptoms, a small twin study suggested.
Prenatal and newborn children form a new tooth layer daily which captures an imprint of chemicals circulating in the body and produces a chronological exposure record, like rings on a tree. This record, which shows cyclical processes involved in metabolizing nutrients and metals during fetal and early postnatal development, differed significantly in children who had ADHD, autism, or both disorders, reported Christine Austin, PhD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and colleagues in Translational Psychiatry.
These findings suggest metabolic regulation of nutrients and toxins may play a role in ADHD and autism, the authors noted.
“With more research, this could lead to an early detection tool, which could mean early treatment, which could potentially mean a better life outcome,” Austin told MedPage Today. “If there’s a critical time when these metals get dysregulated, maybe we can counter that.”
However, she also cautioned that it would be premature to use these markers for diagnostic purposes. The study did not include sensitivity/specificity analyses, for example.