Ladies and gentlemen, did you know that a baby tooth can be a lifesaver? Well, most parents are familiar with the concept of banking their baby’s cord blood for the benefit of the amazing stem cells contained in it, but if you didn’t do that, there’s still a chance to access stem cells from your child in a painless way, and a recent study proves that!
Here’s what you need to know – a recent study, conducted by group of experts, at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, has discovered that baby teeth actually contain one to two dozen valuable stem cells, which can be used later on in life to treat a variety of diseases. And, for a long time now, many experts have been studying how stem cells can be used in the brain, pancreas, heart and other organs to repair damage caused by different diseases. The experts also revealed that one type of stem cells lives inside adult teeth. After studying newly shed baby teeth from seven- and eight-year-old children, they tapped into stem cells completely different than what they found in adult teeth.
How this works?
We can answer that question for you – the stem cells are found inside the dental pulp within a tooth that regenerate into neurons, bone and cartilage–even cardiac cells. In fact, this concept has been crowned an effective treatment for Type 1 diabetes, because dental pulp stem cells can be differentiated into pancreatic-type cells to produce insulin. The experts say that preserving stem cells is a delicate process in that the cells must be alive to be useful. The dental pulp has to have had an adequate blood supply within at least 48 hours of being frozen; any less time and the cells will die. The researchers also think that both teeth and oral tissue can be generated from stem cells contained in tooth buds, baby teeth, third molars, periodontal tissues and induced pluripotent cells. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good one!