Tooth Banks Capitalize on New Scientific Studies
A new business avenue is cropping up in the dental industry due to some exciting recent studies performed by Japanese researchers. Stem cells in teeth are becoming a viable option for alternatives to more controversial sources. Since this emerging evidence, tooth banks are becoming a popular business for collecting primary teeth and wisdom teeth in case they will one day save a patient’s life.
Dental Stem Cells May Treat Diseases
Stem cells from teeth are speculated to help treat potential diseases like Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and some cancers. The stem cells may also help spinal cord injuries. Scientists in the regenerative medicine field are encouraged by these new studies that offer less controversial ways to research stem cells than embryonic stem cell studies. In fact, teeth with stem cells are more easily stored and harvested than bone marrow stem cells or cord blood stem cells. Additionally, researchers conclude that dental stem cells contain TERT (telomerase reverse transcriptase,) which allows cell division and growth.
Even the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry posted this statement about storing dental stem cells:
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes the emerging field of regenerative medicine and encourages dentists to follow future evidence-based literature in order to educate parents about the collection, storage, viability, and use of dental stem cells with respect to autologous regenerative therapies.
How to Secure Your Dental Stem Cells
Some dentists collaborate with dental labs that store primary teeth to have the child’s baby tooth securely stored and transferred. Children are even given a certificate of proof for the tooth fairy in most cases. Wisdom teeth are also turning out to be a viable source for research. While current studies are not conclusive, this is exciting news for the dental community. We encourage you to keep a close eye on how dental stem cell research and how it may help you and your family in the future.
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