Children's baby teeth may help identify risks for developing mental health disorders later in life, researchers report. The thickness of growth marks in primary teeth may be associated with risk factors for depression and other mental health disorders. The study found the link was associated with the mental health of the mother. Mothers who experienced episodes of depression throughout their life, and those who experienced depression and anxiety at 32 weeks pregnant were more likely to have children with thicker neonatal lines.
A new study strengthens previous research linking dental health to dementia and cognitive decline. Researchers found tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia, and with each tooth lost, the risk for cognitive impairment increases.