are there dental roots to autism

Are There Dental “Roots” to Autism?

While a dentist will make certain that all baby teeth are healthy, this professional is unable to detect the cognitive condition known as autism. However, hope may be on the horizon. Studies have found an interesting correlation.

– All baby teeth contain lays of minerals like copper and zinc within their enamel.

– How these substances were metabolised during gestation can likewise be seen.

– The levels of zinc and copper in baby teeth could represent a precursor to autism.

“A close examination of baby teeth is giving new insight into the roots of autism.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.