Tooth Banking- A growing trend to preserve stem cells

December 20, 2018

The regenerative medicine field continues to grow. Diseases, damages, defects, and age caused degeneration has a huge hindrance in the normal functioning of the body. Stem cells are the type of cells that can become any type of healthy cell. The shift toward stem cells is a new trend in the healthcare sector.

When newly formed healthy cells are introduced into the failing tissue or organ, they facilitate healing of unhealthy cells. Stem cells also aid in the development of healthy tissues and a new organ!

Stem cell therapy is an amazing field in medicine, which gives hope for many diseases like diabetes, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and many others.

What is tooth banking?

Tooth Banking is storing of dental stem cells present within the tooth that have the ability to regenerate into various cell types. When a dentist extracts your child’s tooth, he can harvest dental stem cells from dental pulp within the tooth. Milk teeth and wisdom teeth are rich in dental stem cells. These cells within the pulp are highly valuable for regenerative stem cells. Such cells are then isolated and preserved from the dental pulp and frozen.

The Mesenchymal stem cells are found in Dental Pulp. They are pluripotent cells. The stem cells can eventually form enamel, dentin, blood vessels, dental pulp, and nervous tissues. It is recommended to get you and your loved one’s dental stem cells preserved and have a healthy and disease-free future.

Why bank teeth?

Banking stem cells give your child the ability to take advantage of stem cell therapies of situations that can emerge in the future. You must take advantage of medical benefits that can provide such treatment and a healthy future.

Main reasons to store your dental stem cells are – 

  1. Save your family members from serious diseases.
  2. Dental stems cells are essential for reconstructing damaged organs.
  3. They have a great potential for curing more disease in the future.
  4. Dental stem cells are much easier to collect.
  5. Dental stem cells are the patient’s sample. Hence there is the least chance of complication and rejection.
  6. Other family members can also use these stems.
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Author Bio: Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali is the Co-Founder and Chief Dental Surgeon at DentalDost. A recipient of the Pierre Fauchard International Merit Award, she is a holistic dentist who believes that everyone should have access to oral healthcare, irrespective of class and geography. She strongly believes that tele-dentistry is the way to achieve that. Dr. Vidhi has also spoken at various dental colleges, addressing the dental fraternity about dental services and innovations. She is a keen researcher and has published various papers on recent advances in dentistry.

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