1. Traditionally, when your child’s baby teeth come loose, you are supposed to put it under the pillow for the tooth fairy. But you may want to reconsider this decision as recent scientific studies have found that keeping baby teeth can help save your child’s life!
2. Baby teeth contain stem cells inside the dental pulp of the tooth, which can regenerate into neurons, bone and cartilage, and some cardiac cells that can repair damaged heart tissue.
3. If your child ever gets Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, or multiple myeloma, those baby teeth can come in handy! Rather than undergoing a painful bone marrow transplants, the stems cells found in your child’s baby teeth can help treat these illnesses.
4. It’s popular for parents to store their child’s cord blood stem cells shortly after birth, but this can cause a fortune! But companies like Provia offer an alternate through storing baby teeth.
Provia stores the tooth and freezes it for use at a later date. The only catch? The teeth must be submitted to Provia 48 hours after it has fallen out.