Have you ever thought about having your baby's milk teeth stored for later? Certain clinics say that milk teeth contain stem cells that can help fight disease in the future. And what could be easier than to use the baby tooth, which nevertheless fails? Not a penny of pain or effort, it seems.
The very first time your child changes a baby tooth is special. Not only for your tough guy or lady who now walks around with a nice hole, but also for you. The entire tooth fairy ritual passes by and at night you sneak into the room to "steal" the tooth from under the pillow and put a nice coin or note (lucky!) In its place. Then the tooth disappears in a tooth box or between your jewelry in your jewelry box and becomes a special memory piece. Kees (jes) tand is ready.
What I personally did not know is that baby teeth are rich in stem cells – Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) – which are located in the core of the tooth as a kind of tooth pulp, according to the stem cell bank, among other things. These stem cells can grow into different types of tissues such as: muscles, cartilage, nerves, bone, liver, insulin secreting cells, fat and more. In people with heart problems, it can produce healthy heart tissue. Bone can be copied to replace a trachea. It can be used in the reversal of diabetes, to name a few.
It is still on the premature side to draw conclusions
If this really works then I wonder why I don't hear about anyone in my area. I had heard about obtaining stem cells from the umbilical cord before, but this is a much more difficult and complicated process than your child's teeth that fall out anyway. I decide to call a doctor and dentist. Both respond conservatively. They have not (much) come into contact with it yet and GP Renske thinks it is on the premature side to draw conclusions or to make a claim that it is now smart to save your baby teeth. It will certainly not be cheap, she thinks.
Possible treatments with stem cells from milk teeth
In short: if you keep the milk teeth of your child (ren), they could be used to grow tissue if necessary in case of illness. Keeping the baby teeth in a box makes no sense and and in your own freezer is also not a good idea. You should also not wait too long and have the teeth stored quickly after they fail, it is said. If the idea really appeals to you, you can request more information through your dentist or a specialized stem cell bank. I also recommend checking with a specialist doctor who knows more about stem cell therapy.
Stem cell use
Incidentally, the use of stem cells is still very much in the experimental phase at the moment and is subject to strict laws and regulations. The advice of stem cell experts is not to just go with dubious stem cell clinics for treatments. It is a medical area where a lot of development and innovation will take place in the coming years. Having umbilical cord blood or milk teeth stored naturally does not hurt, but it costs money. You may find it useful in the future, but it is still uncertain what you can do with it.
In any case, I will delve deeper into it and keep you informed of my findings.