Your child's dental pulp stem cells may in the future provide access to treatments as part of regenerative medicine.
Stem cells are essential to the healthy function of our bodies. They are responsible for continuously repairing and renewing damaged cells found in blood and tissue, making them essential for treating damage repair through disease, illness or injury.
One valuable source of stem cells can be found within the pulp of our teeth. Tooth stem cells have the ability to repair tissue cells and offer a promising new route in personalised regenerative medicine.
What are tooth stem cells?
Stem cells were first discovered within the dental pulp of teeth by Dr Songtao Shi in 2000. They have been shown to contain Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) – also found in bone marrow – which can repair and renew damaged tissue cells found in muscle, cartilage, fat and bone.
Many clinical trials have demonstrated that these cells can be isolated from milk teeth or healthy adult teeth and banked for use in potential future therapies.
Like all cells in our body, stem cells deteriorate with age. This makes stem cells from milk teeth especially valuable because they are younger, healthier and have higher therapeutic potential.
Preserving these cells at a specialist stem cell bank offers a higher chance of transplant success in the future, should you ever need MSCs to treat illness or repair damaged tissue.
How tooth stem cells could be used
MSCs found in tooth stem cells are widely regarded as a significant part of healthcare advancement, and are present in many pioneering clinical trials. Due to their high ‘differentiation’ potential, current research involves isolating, growing and re-injecting MSCs to treat a variety of diseases, such as:
Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
While all of these treatments are in trial phase for now, many scientists have proven that MSCs provide a safe form of treatment for degenerative and immunodeficiency diseases. They are easy to grow in culture and are completely ethical and non-invasive to collect. For this reason, an increasing number of parents are choosing to bank the stem cells in their children’s milk teeth as a form of health protection.
50,000+ scientific publications discuss MSCs
Over 1,000 clinical trials involve MSCs
What is tooth stem cell banking?
Tooth stem cell banking is personalized service that usually involves parents sending their child’s milk tooth to our laboratory, where the stem cells are carefully isolated, processed and cryogenically frozen for decades to come. This gives families peace of mind that – should their child ever need them – they have a 100% DNA matched stem cell sample ready to use in treatment.
How does it work?
5 Simple steps to storing your child’s tooth stem cells
Complete your dental pulp storage agreement with us online or by post.
Let us know when your child starts showing signs of a wobbly tooth, we’ll send over your collection kit.
When the day arrives that your child’s tooth comes out, simply follow the step-by-step instructions found within the collection kit. Package the tooth as instructed, remove the pathopak (blood test kit) and store in a safe place.
Once the tooth has been collected, simply contact our customer care team to arrange courier collection. We will then arrange for a medically approved courier to collect the kit from your home and deliver it to our laboratory.
Future Health Biobank is one of the largest tooth stem cell banks in Europe, having stored and released more samples than any other bank. We have an excellent scientific understanding of MSCs and how to safely extract and store them from milk teeth or healthy adult teeth.