A new type of Tooth Fairy

When their kids teeth fall out, some parents are now choosing to put them in a much more valuable place than under the pillow.

In today's medical moment, we'll explain how one day it might help treat and cure serious family medical issues.

Ellen Maxfield a mother of a child with a loose tooth describes her family history.

"My family has a history of juvenile diabetes and MS. It worries me a lot, actually."

Ellen Maxfield's daughter Kalen is getting a loose tooth checked out.

She's thinking about putting those baby teeth here.

Ellen Maxfield on storing the tooth, "It's something that I think would be a great benefit to my daughter."

Stephen Hamelburg, DMD, thoughts on the Store-A-Tooth program.

"I think that you're doing your child and their future a disservice if you don't at least look into it."

Dentist Stephen Hamelburg is talking about store-a-tooth. The company banks adult stem cells, found in children's baby teeth and in wisdom teeth. Right now, there are no medical applications using dental stem cells, but they have been used in human studies. The hope is one day they'll treat spinal cord injuries, MS and a variety of other conditions.

claudia vigorito a store-a-tooth customer describes why she is using the program.

"I'm hoping there will be enough research done to figure out how to regenerate tissue in the heart."

Claudia Vigorito's daughter Gabby had open heart surgery when she was just three weeks old, because of a leaky valve.

claudia vigorito says, "I felt very helpless."

Now, she has faith her daughter won't have to endure a lifetime of surgeries. She's banked four of Gabby's teeth!

Claudia Vigorito says, "She's going to lose her teeth anyway, why not put them to good use?"

Once a dentist extracts the teeth, they're packed in a kit like this, and sent to a lab where the stem cells are harvested and stored for possible future use.

Now eight years old, Gabby loves to bake, and Claudia has peace of mind, the dental stem cells she's banked, could keep Gabby cooking for decades to come.

The initial cost to bank stem cells from one tooth with Store-A-Tooth is $769, which includes the first year of storage.

After that, it's ten dollars a month to keep each tooth cryogenically frozen.


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