A lot of parents will keep the first tooth their children lose in a bit to cling onto their little one a mark the special moment.
But after the first tooth, the rest aren’t quite so sentimental.
Enter the tooth fairy who magically removes the baby teeth that are never to be seen again.
According to new research, this is not the best thing to do with the pearly whites.
Instead you should keep them all as they could be crucial to saving your children’s lives further down the line.
How exactly are my children’s baby teeth going to save their lives?
It’s all down to the fact that milk teeth contain stem cells.
These are cells that have not yet grown into a cells used for a specific bodily function.
This means scientists can determine the use of these cells, so stem cells are often used to help fight cancer and other potentially life-threatening diseases.
They can also help to regrow bones, treat diabetes and so much more.
Usually, stem cells will be taken from bone marrow, but The United States National Centre for Biotechnology Information has discovered that milk teeth are also full of bone marrow.
The report says: “Tooth derived stem cells represent a viable source of adult stem cells for regenerative medicine.
“The unique origin of these cells can contribute to the regeneration of various tissue types.”
Obviously we hope that our children never need to be treated for any of these illness.
But should they ever require treatment for a serious illness, the milk teeth you’ve saved could make it a lot easier for scientists and medical professionals to save their lives.
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Although the science behind using these cells for medicine isn’t quite there yet, researchers are hopeful that it will this is on the cards in the future.
The report concluded: “Subsequent researches are expected to be done with their fascinating benefit as a readily available cell source in the future.”
So keeping milk teeth now could be essential if the science behind this is completed within your child’s lifetime.
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