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Doctors Tell Parents To Keep Children’s Baby Teeth Because They Could Predict Autism

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. She loves viral videos, her poodle mix Cali, and doing the robot.

When Avigael gave birth to her twins, one boy and one girl, she could tell something was different about her son Naftali.

The mother’s intuition became her feared diagnosis. Neftali had a moderate-to-profound form of autism.

Experts say early intervention can make a huge difference in functioning, and since Naftali quickly began intensive behavioral and physical intervention, he’s now mainstreamed at the age of 12.

We previously reported that baby teeth contain stem cells that, if preserved quickly after falling out, can be stored for years and kept in case of later medical problems in life. To preserve the stem cells, the baby teeth have to be kept fresh. Like anything, stem cells degrade and lose their potency over time.

Now there are reports of a whole new way to predict who will develop autism — and baby teeth could hold the key to the answer for that, too.

In the video below, researchers at Mount Sinai in New York City explain how and why they used baby teeth to determine how children metabolize metals, and how that ties into the estimated 2.41% of children in the United States who have autism spectrum disorder.

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