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What can teeth tell us about mental health?

Just like the rings of a tree, teeth form in layers and create a fossilized record of our lives. If teeth capture evidence of our early life experiences, could they be used to predict health outcomes?

Forsyth scientist Dr. Felicitas Bidlack is studying this phenomenon in collaboration with Dr. Erin Dunn, an assistant professor at Harvard University and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital. They are examining teeth as potential predictive biomarkers for mental health risk from childhood trauma.

This fascinating research was featured on WCVB Channel 5 recently. Watch the segment here.

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