Baby Teeth Contain Clues about Early Exposure to Toxins

Close up portrait of preschooler girl with open mouth without milk tooth
Baby teeth are more important than we have thought. Baby teeth are a repository which can reveal everything a person has been exposed to including environmental toxins such as lead and pesticides and stress hormones produced in utero.
The emerging study of the totality of health-affecting exposures a person experiences is referred to as exposome. It will help health practitioners to analyze what a patient has been exposed to and use that information to determine health risks linked to or caused by those exposures.
Researchers believe that exposures as early as pregnancy could affect the onset and progression of conditions such as adult obesity, childhood asthma and cancers.
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