Think twice before giving the Tooth Fairy that crisp dollar. Your child's tooth is worth way more. Teeth contain stem cells and those cells can potentially be the key to unlocking treatments and therapies for many serious conditions and diseases.
If you missed the opportunity to bank your child's cord blood, at a cost of around $2,000, you can still bank your child's stem cells from baby teeth, orthodontia, or wisdom teeth extractions. The dental pulp inside those teeth contain stem cells that regenerate into several different kinds of cells -- like neurons, bone, cartilage, and certain cardiac cells to repair damaged heart tissue.
This month, Austin Considine of Motherboard Vice Media writes:
“Unfortunately, most of the one million Americans affected by the condition and the 15,000 children newly diagnosed each year missed the opportunity to bank stem cells from their cord blood when they were born,” said Howard Greenman, chief executive for Provia, in a company press release. According to that press release, the company donates “up to 50 percent” of its proceeds to diabetes research.
Provia bills its service—called “Store-A-Tooth”—as an alternative to cord blood banking that not only offers parents a bigger window, but is slightly cheaper. I called the company using the number on the website to get a few more details about pricing and how it works.
For $649, Provia does what’s called a “whole tissue” preservation. That basically means you ship them your freshly plucked tooth or teeth, the lab extracts the soft tissue inside and immediately puts it in a cryo-protective solution so the tissue can be frozen for future use."
Teeth are simply extracted by a dental professional or in your home (the whole tying your tooth to a doorknob trick), fresh samples with pulp are a must, and Store-A-Tooth provides a safe kit for overnight transport to their lab. Simple, easy, effective.
Read more about us this month in "Back Off, Tooth Fairy, Those Baby Teeth May One Day Save a Life"...
Protect your family's future health by banking your children's stem cells in teeth today. The Tooth Fairy will just have to find another job.