Every child loses their first tooth. What most parents do during this occasion is sleeping some money under the kids’ pillows to celebrate this new stage in their lives. Some people keep the first tooth as sentimental keepsakes, but many simply toss them.
However, a study in 2003 discovered that baby teeth are a rich source of stem cells, which are like protocells that can be grown into multiple kinds of cells if needed.
Therefore, when later in life the child experiences some health issue, these stem cells can be used as a replacement to grow the needed tissue. By keeping your child’s tooth, it will be able to treat several diseases. These stem cells can be kept for years and can grow any kind of tissue, from heart cells to brain cells.
How is the baby tooth preserved?
However, if you decide to keep the first tooth for further use, there is something you should keep in mind. The baby teeth have to be kept fresh because the stem cells degrade and lose their potency over time. Therefore, there is a specialized company which provided a service called Store-A-Tooth. There you can properly preserve your children’s teeth. The name of the company is Provia Labs.
So, you ship a freshly plucked tooth or teeth, the lab extracts the soft tissue inside. Then they will immediately put it in a cryo-protective solution so the tissue can be frozen for future use. The dental pulp has to have had a sufficient blood supply within a minimum of 48 hours of being frozen; any less time and the cells will die. Moreover, the teeth are stored in a liquid nitrogen cryopreservation vault, where the stem cells will remain intact and usable for years. Hence, in case your child has any health condition and the stem cells are needed, the preserved stem cells can be very useful. In some cases, they can even save a life.