smile, health, dentalhealth, oralhealth,The cognitive condition autism is normally detected by tests later in life. However, certain elements within baby teeth could be used as chemical markers soon after birth. Although seeing a dentist is critical during these years, scientists may very well be able to provide additional options in the future.

– Minerals like copper and zinc are found within all baby (and adult) teeth.

– How these substances were metabolised during gestation can be detected.

– Levels of zinc and copper in these baby teeth could be an early indication of autism.

“One expert in autism said the findings were intriguing.”

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.