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Baby Teeth May be Window to Child’s Risk of Mental Health Disorders

November 10, 2021
by The Harvard Gazette


The thickness of growth marks in primary (or “baby”) teeth may help identify children at risk for depression and other mental health disorders later in life, according to researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

The results of this study were published in JAMA Network Open.

The researchers believe the findings could lead to the development of a much-needed tool for identifying children who have been exposed to early-life adversity, which is a risk factor for psychological problems.

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