Stem cell therapy is hailed as the future of medicine. But did you know that right now, more and more parents are storing their children’s stem cells for use in potential therapies? It’s called private stem cell banking and helps families to protect the health of their little ones for years to come.
Here’s what you need to know about private stem cell banking and its latest innovation – milk tooth banking.
What is private stem cell banking?
Private stem cell banking is the process of collecting and storing stem cells specifically for your child – should they ever need them in future treatments. Stem cells can currently treat over 85 illnesses, and you can safely collect them from your child’s umbilical cord blood or cord tissue at birth, or the dental pulp in their milk teeth.
MyBaba’s Ellie recently talked about her own decision to store her son’s cord blood stem cells at birth. She is part of an increasing number of parents choosing private stem cell banking for their child and family. In fact, in the UK 27,028 blood and tissue samples were banked privately in 2018, compared with 16,965 in 2014.
Why store milk teeth?
If you missed collecting your child’s cord blood or cord tissue at birth, milk tooth banking offers a second chance to non-invasively store precious stem cells unique to your child, instead of leaving them to the tooth fairy! As well as being an 100% DNA match to your child, they offer a 25% chance of matching a sibling.
There are over 1,000 clinical trials and 85 approved treatments involving stem cells at present. But while cord blood banking is increasing in popularity, studies and research shows that dental pulp stem cells found in milk teeth could also treat various diseases and conditions. These are known as mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs).
What can milk tooth stem cells treat?
There are over 300 ongoing studies into MSCs investigating their ability to regenerate and renew muscle, nerve, bone, fat and cartilage tissue in the human body. Clinical trials involving MSCs found in milk teeth include: type 1 diabetes, arthritis, neurological diseases, dental regeneration. Whereas cord blood (which treats genetic and blood-related diseases), tooth stem cells specialise in the regeneration of body tissue and organs.
It’s important to note that all tooth stem cell research is in trial phase, and is a rapidly developing field with huge medical potential.
How does milk tooth stem cell banking work?
The process of milk tooth stem cell banking is easy and non-invasive. A specialist stem cell bank will provide a collection kit when your child has a wobbly tooth. When the tooth falls out, simply place the tooth inside the kit and send it back to the stem cell bank for laboratory testing, processing and storage. The stem cell bank will also arrange for a small blood sample from your child for testing purposes, which can take place at your home or local GP.
And that’s it. Your child’s stem cells are stored using a freezing process called cryogenic preservation at a dedicated facility, for 25 years or more.
A discount for you with Future Health Biobank
Future Health Biobank is the UK’s largest private stem cell bank and one of the most accredited in the world. With over 17 years’ experience, they are one of the only established tooth stem cell banks in the world. They’re offering a 10% discount on this service especially for all MyBaba readers when you quote ‘MY BABA’.
You can learn more about the Future Health milk tooth banking service here.