Ten Reasons Why your Child’s Tooth Stem Cells should be Stored Today:
- These stem cells could one day improve or even save your child’s life.
- Storing stem cells today means they are available tomorrow and anytime throughout your child’s life. Whenever your child has need of them they will be here waiting. No searching. No hoping for a stem cell match. Ready and waiting.
- Your child’s own cells are their only perfect stem cell match. Using their own cells means no rejection and no chance of contracting another’s disease or genetic disorder. After all they are a natural part of them.
- Obtaining stem cells from teeth is the only way to obtain stem cells without the need for expensive or painful medical intervention.
- The best cells are young cells, before they can deteriorate through age or pollution. Your child’s cells will never be as good as they are today.
- Stem cell medicine will become mainstream medicine in the very near future. The Harris Review of 2007 predicts the chance of using your own cells is as high as 1 in 3*. Wouldn’t it give you peace of mind to know that your child’s own cells are readily available?
- Stem cells from teeth have the widest potential for therapeutic application. They can proliferate safely in a lab and naturally change into different cell types thereby allowing them to treat more conditions
- Storing tooth stem cells is less expensive, faster and easier than any other alternative.
- A wide range of BioEden Membership Plans are available to suit your needs and budget.
- Storing stem cells from a naturally shed baby tooth opens your private door to personalised medicine by providing the bridge to treatment specifically and naturally designed for you.
*Dr DT Harris. The Harris Review 2007
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the body’s master cells. They are responsible for our natural ability to repair common injury. They are capable of both replicating themselves as well as changing into other types of cells. All stem cells are not identical but have widely differing abilities. Two common types of stem cells currently being used for human therapy are Mesenchymal stem cells and Hematopoietic stem cells. These two different types of stem cells are found in different places in the body and have completely different therapeutic applications.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are a well-characterised population of adult stem cells. These cells, found in teeth as well as in the bone marrow, can form a variety of cell types in the laboratory, including fat cells, cartilage, bone, tendon and ligaments, muscle cells, skin cells and even nerve cells.
Unlike other types of adult stem cells, Mesenchymal stem cells from teeth can be obtained and expanded to quantities appropriate for medical use. This ability makes them an ideal candidate for use in human tissue repair. They have been successfully used to repair tissue in both humans and animals without problems. They can regenerate and repair bone, cartilage, muscle, skin, heart, and nerve tissue. MSC’s were first identified in bone marrow and been successfully used in human therapy for heart repair, bone regeneration, growing replacement trachea for transplant, liver regeneration, and reversal of diabetes to name but a few.
Why stem cells from teeth in particular?
Your child will lose 12 milk teeth over a period of approximately five years.
This length of time means there are more opportunities for the stem cell bank to obtain viable cells for storage and the process is completely non-invasive. BioEden has also had success extracting, testing and storing adult wisdom teeth.
Tooth cells are adaptable and may be used to treat conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s, for example.
For information on treatment and therapy from tooth stem cells click here.
In humans, stem cells can be found in many different parts of the body, typically bone marrow, blood and umbilical cord blood. Now baby teeth have been proven to provide an abundant source of adult stem cells with the potential to treat and cure a vast number of illnesses and diseases.