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Baby teeth hold stem cell potential
Updated: 10/18/2011 7:00:00 PM

Many dentists in the U.S. have arranged to store these cells so they can potentially treat disorders such as diabetes, stroke and spinal cord injuries.   There debate over stem cells has been going on for many years, mostly revolving around the use of fetal cells to help treat a variety of diseases. What many people may not realize is that baby and wisdom teeth, along with others that are removed during young adulthood, also contain these cells and could provide families with insight into the future of their health. 

Many dentists in the U.S. have arranged to store these cells so they can potentially treat disorders such as diabetes, stroke and spinal cord injuries.

“This service enables parents to save the stem cells from their children’s teeth as an investment in their family’s health. There is no greater gift to give your child than added protection toward their future,” said Kenneth Baker, D.D.S.

Since the discovery of these cells in teeth in 2000, researchers have been finding multiple uses for them in the field of oral care. For example, they have been used to treat gum disease and regrow jawbone. People interested in this procedure should consult with their local dentist.  

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