Dr. Songtao Shi from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial research has conduct a study which discovered that baby teeth contain 1-2 dozen valuable stem cell, usable for treating different diseases further in life.
Experts have been studying the effects of stem cells on heart, brain, pancreas and other organs in repairing possible damage from disease.
The team of Dr. Shi discovered that adult teeth contain 1 type of stem cell, while baby teeth (from children aged 7 and 8) contain completely different stem cells.
Baby teeth can save life, if you couldn’t afford to bank your baby’s cord blood for stem cells or you haven’t thought about this on time.
Stem cells are located in the dental pulp within the tooth, which then regenerates into neurons, bone and cartilage (or even cardiac cells).
This treatment can be effective for type I diabetes, because stem cells from teeth can be turned into pancreatic cells which produce insulin.
Stem cells have the ability to change into different cell types. They also have the ability to aid in the healing of damaged tissue.
These are just two of the reasons why scientists and doctors are so excited about the growing role of stem cells to treat disease, injury, and the deterioration of tissue due to aging.
Dental stem cells are adult stem cells found in both baby teeth and wisdom teeth. Dental stem cells belong to a class of adult stem cells referred to as ‘mesenchymal stem cells’ and have been shown to be able to differentiate into bone, dental tissue, cartilage, and muscle, and there is evidence that they may be able to differentiate into neural tissue.
They are being studied for applications in regenerative dentistry and medicine.