Could a child's teeth predict future mental health risk?
Could a child's teeth predict future mental health risk? In a new study, researchers at Forsyth, Massachusetts General Hospital, and UC San Francisco propose using teeth as biomarkers for childhood trauma.
"The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, describes how crucial moments in a child’s history are often recorded in their teeth. As baby teeth form before birth, and during the first few years of life, the researchers write, they develop microscopic growth marks within the hard enamel surface, much as rings in a tree mark its age."
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