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Why You Should Really Keep Your Baby Teeth, Doctors Explain

Why You Should Really Keep Your Baby Teeth, Doctors Explain

Are you one of the lucky few who kept their baby teeth when they fell out? Did you put them in a jar for keepsake? Or perhaps your parents put them somewhere safe after they swapped them with a coin from under your pillow.

Many of us, when we lose our baby teeth, think only about the tooth fairy, the tiny nymph who comes in the night and leaves us richer the next day. What we wouldn’t guess is that science has given us a new reason for keeping the teeth we first had when we were kids – and it has nothing to do with money or fairies. It has to do with our health in adult life.

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Why Should We Keep Our Baby Teeth?

Doctors have now explained that there is a major benefit from holding on to your first round of teeth. Baby teeth have been proven to have a large amount of stem cells, and when teeth are stored correctly and restoratively from the time they fall out, the cells can be used to heal damaged tissue from the rest of your body at a later date! Doctors say that we can help with all kinds of ailments through the use of our little teeth, even to the point of aiding and saving our lives.

What does this mean?

The proper term for ‘baby teeth’ is deciduous teeth, and the period of time where these teeth are ‘lost’ from our bodies is a healthy and natural process for any child. Nearly all of us can recall the moments we wiggled and jiggled our front teeth until that last root broke free and we were leaving the tooth in a glass of water or under the pillow and waiting for our coin to appear in the morning.

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But if we knew about the advantages of stem cell preservation would we think differently about where we put the teeth when they came free? Traditionally baby teeth are said to be good luck, so perhaps there was evidence of their benefits even from old cultures! Though modern medicine has proven their actual worth – and it’s through the storing of stem cells.

How Does It Work?

The teeth need to be preserved in a liquid nitrogen cryopreservation vault. If this happens the stem cells from the teeth can be kept for many years and can be used later in life to aid in reproducing tissue. The tissue can be grown from the stem cells in the baby teeth, and be used to aid ailments even for the bodies heart tissue or brain tissue. If the stem cells are not kept fresh within the liquid nitrogen they will lose their potency and life as do all things that are not preserved in the necessary way.

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So it is important to store them properly and you can do this through certain companies that actually offer the tooth preservation process, such as the company Store-A-Tooth.  If and when you choose to store your teeth, if later in life you feel you need the stem cells you can have the teeth (and cells) shipped to your doctor.

So as it were, many of the ancient cultures who considered baby teeth to be good luck actually had some truth to their ideas. Baby teeth, if stored properly and with care, could be the very thing that one day saves your life.

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

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