With the many dental technologies available, there is always something new and exciting on the market. But now, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have discovered that baby teeth can be providers of life-saving stem cells.
For the past decade or so, the importance of cord blood has been ingrained in parent’s minds. Now, these researchers have found even more benefits from stem cells, discovering that they can regenerate tissue, cells, and even whole organs.
TEven though it may sound far-fetched, stem cells have regenerative powers because of their ability to grow and expand. Stem cells have been proven to be successful treatments in over 80 diseases including cancer and blood, immune, and metabolic disorders.
Didn’t harvest your child’s cord blood when they were born? Not to worry. Researchers have found that baby teeth are viable producers of stem cells. Once the tooth is removed from the mouth, stem cells are harvested and stored in liquid nitrogen to preserve the cells. The research team says that they will be stored until advanced dental technologies are developed, which they believe won’t be too far away.
As the tooth only has 48 hours to produce viable stem cells after the extraction, it is important to bring your child to a family dentist and have it professionally extracted. If your child has all their adult teeth, then wait until the wisdom teeth come in, as they hold stem cells as well.
Even though you should be conscious of your child’s teeth down the line, it is important to be active in proper dental health now. Virtually all Americans — 99.7% — believe their smile is an important social asset, and because 75% feel that an unattractive smile can potentially harm their chance for career success, it is important to start healthy habits at a young age!
It is important to have good dental hygiene habits yourself if you expect your child to follow your lead. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, contact a cosmetic dentist, as there are many techniques and options to treat discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing teeth. Choose from dental implants, dental veneers, or dentures.
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