Losing that first tooth is one of those rites of passage that makes little kids feel like they're becoming big kids. And even now, I remember the magic of waking up the morning after I lost my first tooth to find that the tooth fairy had taken it in the night and left me a dollar in exchange.
But when you're the one playing the tooth fairy and swapping out a bit of cash for your child's tooth, what do you do with it the next day? You could toss the tooth, or you could treasure it as a keepsake. But what value does it have beyond sentimental value?
Well, it turns out a lot.
A 2003 study found that baby teeth are a plentiful source of stem cells—the protocells that can be cultivated into various kinds of cells as necessary.
That means that if for some reason, a child needs replacement tissue later in life, lab technicians will be able to grow that tissue from a person's own baby teeth. How cool is that?
The practice of storing baby teeth has the potential to treat a variety of ailments and even save lives. Right now, the technology isn't quite there, but the method of storing them is. And facilities like Store-A-Tooth and StemSave can keep baby teeth in the ideal conditions so that they'll be able to be put to use for a lifetime.
While the tooth fairy seemed pretty enchanting back in the day. I think that modern science and the idea of turning baby teeth into tissues that could potentially save your life are prettyy amazing, and perhaps you could say, more magical!
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