When you lose a tooth and put it under your pillow the tooth fairy will come overnight, take the tooth and replace it with money. The question that a lot of people have though is, where do all of the collected teeth go?
This may be the answer that everyone has been looking for! “Parents are now being given the opportunity of spending anywhere from $500 to $2,000 to bank those teeth for potential stem-cell use. Wisdom teeth can also be saved. According to Store-A-Tooth co-founder and chief scientific officer Peter Verlander, parents only “need to store 1or 2 teeth since the mesenchymal stem cells found in the dental pulp in the crown can be replicated. Mesenchymal stem cells, found in umbilical cord blood and placenta also form bone cells (osteoblasts, cartilage cells (chondrocytes), muscles (myocytes) and fat cells (adipocytes). Store-A-Tooth, based in Littleton, MA, is just one of a number of companies that are now banking baby teeth. Another is StemSave™ in New York City. Each have their own preferred methods of collection, including parents simply placing a tooth that has fallen out ion its own in a solution and mailing it to their storage facility, or having a dentist pull the tooth when its about to fall out.”
There you have it! Make sure to keep those teeth as clean and healthy before they fall out by brushing and flossing them and regularly visiting your Ottawa dentist.