Today we hear a lot of talk on new information about stem cells, and how they can be crucial in helping fight a potentially dangerous disease that may strike a family member. While many people find this news comforting, few really understand the advancements in science behind it and the ease and availability to take part in this program.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are unique because they have restorative properties and they drive the natural healing process, which occurs all throughout our lives. They are different from other cells in the body because they actually regenerate and produce other specialized cell types. They can heal and restore skin, bones, cartilage, muscles, nerves and other tissues when they are in need of repair. There are two main types of stem cells— those found in bone marrow and teeth and embryonic stem cells found in the unborn fetus.
Obviously the stem cells found in teeth are the most easily accessible, and can be obtained in a minimally invasive way. They have also been observed to be the most powerful in the human body. Therefore, the discovery of stem cells in teeth has had the country’s top medical research facilities enthusiastically testing how they can be beneficial and actually save lives, for over 30 years. As a result, hundreds of medical research studies at universities and research labs have revealed new and effective treatments with these stem cells.
Among the diseases that were once very difficult to treat, but now have more promising curable results, due to this dental stem cell research are:
• Parkinson's Disease
• Brain Injuries
• Heart Disease
• Muscular dystrophy
• Crohn's disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Neimann-Pick Type C
• Periodontal Disease
• Sports Injuries
Park View's Point of View
At Park View Pediatric Dentistry we cannot stress enough the importance of saving your family’s stem cells from baby teeth. The healthier you are and the earlier you collect and preserve these stem cells, the better. Younger stem cells grow faster and for longer periods of time. We recommend doing this right around the time a child’s tooth starts to get slightly loose. At this point, come in to see us, so that we may extract the tooth and get you started with this vital process. However, do not wait until the tooth is extremely loose and about to fall out. We do not want the dental pulp, rich in these stem cells to be exposed and weakened. Sometimes healthy baby teeth need to be pulled by an orthodontist as part of their correction plan. This would also be an excellent opportunity to save the stem cells.
Then we work with a wonderful company called StemSave, which is a collaboration of dentists and stem cell researchers. We can help you enroll in their program and ensure proper delivery of the tooth. StemSave is committed to help families preserve their dental stem cells in a simple and affordable way, and offer what they call, “biological insurance” in the event of a disease or injury.
Though none of us like to think about the possibility of future illness in our family, we want our patients to be informed, prepared and armed with the latest medical advances. We often to say that this program gives new meaning to the saying, “from your mouth to God’s ears!”
Contact us at:
Park View Pediatric Dentistry