Baby Teeth…Your New Source for Stem Cells
Stem cells: they’ve been talked a lot about over the past several years. We know that they contain vital information and capabilities to help develop new cells that could be used for treating diseases. Now experts believe that getting them doesn’t have to be as challenging of a concept as we originally thought
They’re hiding right inside of your child’s baby teeth!
In the past, harvesting stem cells for your child meant getting access to umbilical cord tissues and storing it in a bank. But now it’s easier than that.
Concepts like those used in “Store-A-Tooth” and similar products allow parents to take newly-exfoliated teeth that contain stem cells and save them for later use. The storage process has to be done very carefully, as the stem cells can become non-viable and rendered useless. But, if you catch your child’s tooth being pulled at the dentist’s office, have an accident that involves a knocked-out tooth, or the tooth still has a viable nerve, saving it could pay off down the road.
How it Works
Once they’re stored in a kit, baby teeth are shipped off to a facility that places the stem cells inside of a liquid nitrogen cryopreservation vault. Storage can last for years…even decades. In fact, they’ll be sitting there for your adult children to have access to should their health ever depend on it.
Time Matters Most
The important part is that the tooth and inner nerve is preserved immediately. Pulling a tooth and bringing it to the dentist the next day won’t cut it. Stem cells in baby teeth are very delicate. If they have a chance to dry out, the opportunity to save them is gone.
Fortunately, your child has 20 baby teeth for you to work with! Help her enjoy a healthy smile so that you can avoid premature tooth loss by scheduling your next checkup at SEDA Dental!