Many parents keep their child’s first tooth as a milestone to be remembered forever. However, what many don’t know is that the saved tooth can be a lifesaver. Your baby’s fallen tooth can provide you with access to stem cells.
Baby Teeth Contain Stem Cells That Can Treat Many Diseases
A study, led by Dr. Songtao Shi in 2003, has found out that the baby teeth contain from one to dozen valuable stem cells which, later in life, can be used in the treatment of various diseases.
The stem cells can be used in many organs, including the pancreas, heart, and brain, to repair a damage that is caused by different diseases.
The researchers discovered that there is an existence of one type of stem cells inside the adult teeth. They also found out that the stem cells in the teeth of the children who are less than 7-8 years old are completely different from those in the adult ones.
These cells are contained in the tooth’s dental pulp which regenerates into bone, cartilage, neurons, and even cardiac cells.
This concept has been declared to be a successful treatment for Type 1 diabetes since the dental pulp stem cells can be regenerated into pancreatic-type cells in order to produce insulin.
Nevertheless, preserving the stem cells is a delicate process. In order to be useful, the cells have to be alive, meaning that the dental pulp needs to have an appropriate blood supply within at least 48 hours after being frozen.
Otherwise, the cells will die. According to the director of Dental Regenerative Laboratory, Dr. Peter Murray, the teeth and the oral tissue can be regenerated from stem cells found in tooth buds, third molars, baby teeth, induced pluripotent cells, and periodontal tissues.
The Baby’s Tooth Has to Be Professionally Removed and Stored
There are a number of services that will store the baby’s teeth for a certain price. These services recommend that the teeth which are not dangling should be removed professionally by a dentist because the dangling teeth might not contain an adequate blood supply which is necessary for storage.
Moreover, there are some services that can provide the parents with the needed packaging and shipping supplies, so that they can properly store the life-saving teeth.
Most of the services provide a preservation solution and a storage container for the collection process which can be done by the parents themselves.