August 1957

Relationships of Cerebral Disorder to Faults in Dental Enamel

Author Affiliations

Associate in Dentistry (Dr. Via) and Associate in Neurology (Dr. Churchill), Henry Ford Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(2):137-142. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030030031006

The origins of cerebral disorders in children are often difficult to discover. Causes of brain damage may be suspected, but the lack of confirmatory evidence leaves doubt that a suspected cause was, in fact, responsible for the abnormalities observed. To have a way of confirming suspected causes of early brain damage would be a great advantage. The thought occurred to us that some of the abnormal processes causing damage to the brain might also produce defects in the enamel forming on the teeth at the time. Since the chronological pattern of enamel growth has been established,1 the amount of enamel formed at a given age being known, it should be possible to tell when a disturbance had occurred which caused the enamel fault. Hence, a study was begun to determine the correlation of cerebral disorders and enamel faults. If a correlation exists, the observed enamel faults in combination with

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