Losing your teeth as a child is quite an experience.
You have to be told that it is alright, and that this is perfectly normal. You even are told that you will get money for your falling out teeth! Just put it under your pillow at night, and the tooth fairy will come and take it, replacing it with some money!
While this is a pretty exciting prospect, there is an even better way to benefit from a tooth falling out. Saving other people’s lives.
It turns out that stem cells such as the ones found in baby teeth, could indeed provide the means for saving future lives, due to their regeneration capabilities. They can help regenerate cells like themselves as well as neurons, bones, and cartilage for patients in need. Pretty amazing!
Individuals going through chemo today are benefiting from stem cells which are found in the blood of the umbilical cord. These cells which can save lives are also potentially found in baby teeth. If so, this is a major development.
While they do not have the technology yet to use stem cells found in baby teeth, some parents are saving them in hopes that indeed it may be developed by scientists at some point. And if you save your own stem cells, the chances of rejection are much less in the future. Donor stem cells run this risk of rejection.
But saving the teeth means storing them properly. And storing them comes with a major price. Unfortunately you can’t just pop these suckers in the freezer. You need to use a company which stores these professionally.
According to DR. Curt Cavin who is a professor at Johns Hopkins University and specializes in cancer research, he says that you might not want to bet all your marbles on this as it simply might never be used.