The secret lives of baby teeth | Pediatric and Laser Dentistry

“Why some are trying to discover more about our bodies’ “little living archives.”

By Jackie Rocheleau  Updated Jan 27, 2022

“Erin Dunn gets baby teeth in the mail, sent by volunteers from across New England. Each tooth arrives at her lab in a tube packed with fluffy cotton balls, usually clean but sometimes flecked with dried blood. Dunn, a psychiatric epidemiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who brands herself as “the science tooth fairy” to appeal to kids and encourage them to donate their baby teeth for a scientific study, then hands them over to Felicitas Bidlack, a specialist in tooth development at the Forsyth Institute, an oral health research center.” Read more: