Scientists use baby teeth in autism study

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Scientists say one out of 50 children are diagnosed with the disorder.

Palmer says they are collecting baby teeth from children with and without autism to find out what kind of chemicals are in the teeth and what may be causing children to develop autism.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) - The number of children with autism is staggering.

Scientists say one out of 50 children are diagnosed with the disorder. Many parents are trying to understand why more and more children are being diagnosed with autism. Doctor Raymond Palmer believes the secret lies in their baby teeth.

Palmer, who is with the University of Texas Health Science Center, and other local scientists have begun what's called the Autism Tooth Fairy Project.

Palmer says they are collecting baby teeth from children with and without autism to find out what kind of chemicals are in the teeth and what may be causing children to develop autism.

Palmer says they've already done studies on 100 teeth but need more donated and a lot more funding to keep the Tooth Fairy Project working for a solution.

If you would like to donate baby teeth or funds for the study, you can call 210-562-6550.

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