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Keeping Kids’ Baby Teeth Can Save Their Lives, Doctors Advise

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Keeping Kids’ Baby Teeth Can Save Their Lives, Doctors Advise

Do you remember losing your first every baby tooth? I remember mine. I was watching the Wizard of Oz and twisted it for about two hours before it finally broke loose. Losing your first tooth is like a right of passage. You put it under your pillow and the tooth fairy gives you a dollar. Some kids do amazing things with their dollars, like one little boy who paid it forward with a kind gesture. But you can do more with baby teeth than exchange them for a few dollars!

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How Kid’s Baby Teeth Can Save Their Lives

So how does keeping your child’s baby teeth potentially save their lives? As it turns out, stem cell research has advanced to the point we can use tissue that has been dead for 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.

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By keeping your baby teeth (or your kids baby teeth) you can regrow their cells is they ever need replacement tissue for any reason. Isn’t that incredible?

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However, You Can’t Just Keep Them in a Box

Baby teeth have to be kept fresh. Like anything biological, stem cells degrade and lose their potency over time. Parents can use professional medical services to properly preserve their children’s teeth.

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This kind of services places the teeth in a liquid nitrogen cryopreservation vault. This process keeps the teeth preserved for many years. If your child needs them later on in adulthood, the teeth will be shipped right to their doctor!

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Keeping your child’s teeth preserved may seem like a strange practice, but it could save their life one day. It might be something worth looking into! Good luck, and happy parenting!

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