How to harvest stem cells from teeth

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Many parents bank stem cells from blood in the umbilical cord when their baby is born and store it for their child’s potential future medical use, but some are now looking to another source for this — the human tooth.

Stem cells from tissue inside the tooth are mesenchymal stem cells. These are traditionally found in bone marrow. Also known as MSCs, these cells are multipotent and can differentiate into cells that repair muscles, bone and cartilage, the heart and blood vessels, among others.

According to Euro stem cell, a partnership made up of 400 European stem cell and regenerative medicine labs, more research is needed before MSCs can be used in medical treatments. They may potentially help treat autoimmune disorders as well as the circulatory and skeletal systems.

U.S. companies such as Store A Tooth and The Tooth Bank offer to store teeth cryogenically, especially baby teeth and wisdom teeth. This could allow people to use them later if the need for stem cell therapy arises.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Cross section of a human tooth
2. What mesenchymal stem cells repair
3. Stem cells being injected inside patient
4. Dentist removing teeth
5. Stem cells being processed and frozen

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Stem cells from tissue inside the tooth are mesenchymal stem cells. These are traditionally found in bone marrow.”

“Also known as MSCs, these cells are multipotent and can differentiate into cells that repair muscles, bone and cartilage, the heart and blood vessels, among others.”

“More research is needed before MSCs can be used in medical treatments, but in the future they may potentially help treat autoimmune disorders as well as the circulatory and skeletal systems.”

“Some companies offer to store teeth cryogenically, especially baby teeth and wisdom teeth. This could allow people to use them later if the need for stem cell therapy arises.”

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health, Eurocell, WGNTV, BioEden, Store-a-Tooth, Tooth Bank
https://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/4.htm
http://www.eurostemcell.org/factsheet/mesenchymal-stem-cells-other-bone-marrow-stem-cells
http://wgntv.com/2016/11/14/harvesting-stem-cells-from-teeth/
https://uk.bioeden.com/why-store-stem-cells/
http://www.store-a-tooth.com/
http://www.toothbank.com