Stem Cell Collection
From teaching healthy eating habits to instilling strong values, you already do so much to prepare your child for a happy and healthy life. Banking stem cells may not be as obvious as saving for college, but it could mean just as much to your child's future well-being and quality of life. For decades, doctors have harnessed the unique ability of stem cells to treat cancer and genetic blood diseases. Today, over 1,700 clinical studies are under way demonstrating the use of stem cells to treat diseases, to heal injuries, and to grow replacement tissues like tendons, muscles, and blood vessels. This exploding field of research holds the promise that your child, utilizing a toolkit of their own stem cells, will live a life of unprecedented wellness extended by decades.
There are many reasons why teeth are a great source of stem cells for banking. The most obvious one is that it's easy to collect a baby tooth that's naturally falling out or a wisdom tooth being extracted. More importantly, the dental pulp in your child's baby and wisdom teeth is an excellent source of mesenchymal stem cells, one of the most well-understood, widely researched and promising types of stem cells.
Stem Cells save lives
For decades, doctors have harnessed the unique ability of stem cells to treat leukemia and genetic blood diseases. But now, researchers are discovering that these cells have the power to heal, to fight disease, and to regenerate damaged or aging tissue throughout the body.
Stem Cell intro
Ordinary cells in your body replicate to make new cells of the same type - blood cells make more blood cells, skin cells make more skins cells and so on. However, there is another type of cell, called a stem cell. These are nature's "master" cells, which can be "programmed" to regenerate a wide variety of cells and tissues. Because stem cells can regenerate other types of body cells and tissues, stem cells have the ability to aid in healing. This is 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. Amazingly, after our birth and into adulthood, we keep a store of these stem cells in certain parts of our body.
Younger is better
While there is still a lot more to discover about the attributes and potential of mesenchymal stem cells, it does appear that the younger the stem cells, the more potent their future ability to generate replacement tissue and heal the body. The younger the cells are, the more times they can divide, the faster they grow, the more potential they have to turn into different types of cells, and the lower the risk due to complications of aging.
By simply banking the stem cells in their teeth now, your child can capture the remarkable regenerative power they have as a seven year old and utilize it as a seventy year old.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells at work
Mesenchymal stem cells have already proven to be a powerful and potent platform for developing treatments and therapies. As you are reading this, scientists are studying their role in treating conditions such as type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attack), corneal damage and neurological diseases like Parkinson's. In fact, mesenchymal stem cells are currently being tested clinically to treat autoimmune diseases like Crohn's and GVHD as well as in regenerative applications like bone and cartilage repair and cardiac muscle repair after myocardial infarction. This exploding field of research, called Regenerative Medicine, holds the promise that your child, utilizing a toolkit of their own stem cells harvested and stored early on, will live a life of unprecedented wellness extended by decades.
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