The Amazing Reason to Keep Your Kids Baby Teeth!

in health •  last year  (edited)

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Somehow, over the years, we have ended up with a little box that contains my daughter's baby teeth. It started as kind of a joke, while I was pretending to be the Tooth Fairy, I was secretly accumulating teeth in a box in my desk.

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But now it turns out that Doctors are urging parents to keep their kids baby teeth in case of the need to extract stem cells to cure health problems for your child in later years!

A study in 2003 showed 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. That means that if later in life, a child needs replacement tissue for whatever reason, the stem cells from their baby teeth can be used to grow the needed tissue.

According to this article https://www.littlethings.com/keeping-baby-teeth/ parents are starting to use a service called Store-A-Tooth. Your dentist co-ordinates with the Store-A-Tooth staff to safely ship your child’s teeth, where the stem cells will be stored for potential future use (though hopefully they’ll never be needed).

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I guess our little box of teeth, that haven't been stored in optimum conditions, will not end up as a rich source from which to harvest stem cells.

But they are cute and kinda creepy...

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I didn't know where you were going with this but stem cells is interesting. I'm wondering if you store the cord blood from birth whether you also would need to store baby teeth? My guess is no, but I honestly have no idea.

Also, too bad if we need our baby teeth!

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totally bizarre

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Oh God! This looks like something from a Criminal Minds episode.

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Mr. Bill on PCP 😂

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Ha!

Really enjoyed this post.

I started off just fascinated by the science, but as usual my mind wondered and now I'm just LMAO...

I have 12 grandchildren! So, I'm trying to imagine my 3 kids (and their respective partners) trying to retrieve, store and label upwards of 70 teeth 'in case of emergency'! That's a lot of teeth...

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Ha thats quite a collection!

Love your teeth to take good care of them so they will not be vampires

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Important lesson

Oh how interesting! I hadn’t heard of doing this before, but it makes sense to hang on to them just in case.

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Pretty interesting right? ps really enjoying your community-building content. Great direction!

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Aw thanks for your encouraging words. It’s been a lot of fun to see all the great conversations come from that post. 😊

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Let me know if you ever want to do a collab tune like the one @danieldyemusic and I did. Its fun to experiment and see what we can come up with!

I never knew of this. I hope more parents will learn about this though. I will try to educate as many people as possible as well great post!
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Bizarre right? My sister told me about this. I would never have suspected!

Oh wow, I did not know that! I do keep some. I lost some tho, lousy mum here 😅

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ha

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In my defense, we moved between countries, misplaced many things 😂

I've heard of DNA being taken from ancient teeth. Didn't know it had a use for living people. We have some teeth from the kids, but they may be mixed up. I have one of my wisdom teeth right here on my desk :)

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Science! Blows my mind

Haaha my brother had the same smile. He busted his mouth on the coffee table hopeful that she lost hers in a less harmful manner

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Its pretty cute

This has some more info. The cost is a bit high but hopefully it will come down.
https://www.snopes.com/stem-cells-from-baby-teeth/

Yeap, Stem Cell research is always discovering new things as well.

No way to know what your kid's teeth will do in the future.


This is the guy from the Doctor memes :D

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Oh is this like a stock photo they used?

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Yeah xD

Also great proof that you've been there all the way along!

Thanks for your perspective.

Cheers,

@dcj

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Yeah its pretty endearing

Hello and welcome to the community from Venezuela. your post is interesting, I followed you and I hope you follow me too

Oh a vampire!!

Wow! This is fascinating! Shall be doing that from now on for my kids.