Stem cells are cells in our body that can develop in different types of cells. So other cells can arise from a stem cell. They are therefore mainly used to repair damaged tissue or body cells. This requires a stem cell transplant. Currently these stem cells are extracted from the bone marrow, which is often a very painful procedure. Since 2003, it has been discovered there too stem cells from milk teeth can be achieved. Does this mean that we now have to carefully store the milk teeth?
Stem cells from milk teeth, what could you do with them?
Mesenchymal stem cells are present in milk teeth, these are the same type of stem cells as in bone marrow. In principle, we could therefore assume that the same is possible with these cells. Many successes have already been achieved with Mesenchymal stem cells from the bone marrow. Such as treatment of leukemia.
Research into the stem cells from milk teeth showed that these stem cells can grow into muscle tissue, cartilage, nerve tissue and adipose tissue. This is very promising, for example to address heart disease by creating new heart tissue.
Stem stem cells from milk teeth themselves
That the stem cells from baby teeth can help your child in the future to fight disease sounds fantastic. Especially given the fact that the teeth still fall out. If the stem cells can be extracted from it instead of from the bone marrow, that would cause a great deal of pain. So why not save them immediately?
It seems that you can easily store the milk teeth yourself. All you have to do is put the milk tooth in a closed container in the freezer within 48 hours and you're done. Or not?
How to store baby teeth?
Although several websites announce that you can freeze the milk teeth yourself and later, when the need is up to the man, can be retrieved, that does not seem to be entirely true. A freezer or refrigerator inhibits bacteria from affecting products, but can not prevent it in the long term. It does not seem very likely that you can simply place the milk teeth in the freezer.
On other websites it is indicated that the milk teeth must be stored in nitrogen. Nitrogen offers no chance for bacteria to develop. If you ask us, it is therefore more logical. Anyway, who has nitrogen in the house?
Nobody, so that's why there is now BioEden stem cell bank. A bank specializing in the storage of tooth stem cells. For 'only' 1830 euro you can store the stem cells for 20 years. If you are interested you can look at their website.
Storing or not storing stem cells?
It all seems great and if you have the costs, it would certainly be worth considering. According to BioEden, there are already 3000 billion stem cells stored worldwide. But if it was that great, why is there so little known about it?
Have you heard anything about it, for example? See, that it can help to store the stem cells from the umbilical cord has already been in the media. But stem cells from milk teeth are not yet.
Researchers, dentists and doctors are still cautious about it. Currently there are no major breakthroughs known about healing with these stem cells. Although they could create new tissue and cartilage, it was especially successful in cell culture. The actual application to humans or animals has not yet been successful.
Be well informed by a dentist, specialist doctor or your doctor. There are enough dubious stem cell clinics that promise you a golden future without scientific evidence that stem cells from baby teeth can actually mean something for your child. At the moment there are a lot of researches on these stem cells, so perhaps we will know a bit more in a while.
But again: it remains your own choice, if you have the costs for it you can always try it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
And who knows, stem cells from baby teeth can be the most normal thing in the world in a few years.