McAllen, TX (PRWEB) October 11, 2011
Nearly everyone has heard of the potential of stem cells to treat a wide range of serious diseases. Yet few people realize that a rich source of these cells is teeth—baby teeth that come loose during childhood, wisdom teeth extracted from teens or young adults, and teeth that need to be pulled to make room for braces. These potent stem cells exist in the dental pulp of any healthy tooth and can be preserved to protect a family’s future health.
Dr. Kenneth Baker, DDS, who performs general dentistry and oral surgery at Medical Center North Dental Associates in McAllen Texas, is at the forefront of bringing stem cell innovation to his community. By partnering with Store-A-Tooth, he now offers the highest quality dental stem cell preservation to his patients. “This service enables parents to save the stem cells from their children’s teeth as an investment in their family’s health. There is no greater gift to give your child than added protection toward their future,” said Dr. Baker. “Our goal is to bring the highest level of quality to everything we do – that’s why we’re a leader in sedation dentistry, and why we’re pleased to introduce Store-A-Tooth, a minimally invasive, more affordable and convenient option for saving a child’s stem cells.”
The process is simple. The family makes an appointment with Dr. Baker to extract the teeth – for example, baby teeth which would be falling out naturally, teeth needing to be pulled for braces or wisdom teeth which are scheduled to be extracted. The dentist places the teeth in a special Store-A-Tooth transport kit to protect them during overnight transport to the lab. There, the sample is tested for viability and processed for long-term cryopreservation, and a Lab Report is sent for confirmation to the family that the stem cells have been safely processed and stored.
Preservation of Dental Stem Cells for Future Needs
Research, while early, is increasingly showing promise that dental stem cells may someday play a role in treatments for such serious conditions as Type 1 Diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, spinal cord injuries, and neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In fact, since 2000 when National Institutes of Health researchers first discovered potent stems cells in teeth, this new source of stem cells has gained significant focus within the research community. Dental stem cells have already been used in human studies to treat periodontal (gum) disease and to regrow jawbone.
As awareness of dental stem cells grows; the possibility of banking baby teeth is increasingly piquing the interest of parents seeking an additional layer of promise against disease for their child. Banking stem cells (preserving the stem cells in long-term cryopreservation tanks so they can later be used for clinical use), is commonly done with bone marrow and umbilical cord blood and is a well established technology. But now, with the discovery of dental stem cells, parents can bank their child’s baby or wisdom teeth – an easy, affordable and convenient option to save their family’s stem cells.
For more information:
Dr. Kenneth W. Baker, DDS
Medical Center North Dental Associates
5000 North Tenth St.
(956) 686-2052 or toll-free 866-712-8910
About Store-A-Tooth, a service of Provia Laboratories LLC
Provia Laboratories, LLC (http://www.provialabs.com) is a health services company specializing in high quality biobanking (reservation of biological specimens). The company’s Store-A-Tooth™ service platform enables the collection, transport, processing, and storage of dental stem cells for potential use in future stem-cell therapies. The company advises industrial, academic, and governmental clients on matters related to the preservation of biological specimens for research and clinical use. In addition, Provia offers a variety of products for use in complex biobanking environments to improve sample logistics, security, and quality. Provia Labs is a member of ISBER, the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories. For more information on dental stem cell banking, please visit http://www.store-a-tooth.com or call 1-877-867-5753.