What are stem cells?

Stem cells are essential to the healthy function of our bodies. They are responsible for continuously repairing and renewing cells found throughout the body, making them essential for treating damage caused by disease, illness or injury.

One valuable source of stem cells can be found within the pulp of our teeth. Tooth stem cells have the ability to repair tissue cells throughout the body.

What are dental pulp stem cells?

Stem cells were first discovered within the dental pulp of teeth by Dr Songtao Shi in 2000. Dental pulp has been shown to contain Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)  – also found in bone marrow – which can repair and renew damaged tissue cells found in muscle, cartilage, fat and bone.

Many studies have demonstrated that these cells can be isolated from milk teeth or healthy adult teeth and banked for use in potential future treatments.

Like all cells in our body, stem cells deteriorate with age. This makes stem cells from milk teeth especially valuable because they are younger and healthier.

Preserving these cells at a specialist stem cell bank offers a higher chance of successful application in the future, should you ever need MSCs to treat illness or repair damaged tissue.

How dental pulp stem cells can be used

MSCs found in tooth stem cells are widely regarded as a significant part of healthcare advancement, and are present in many pioneering studies. Due to their high differentiation potential, current research involves isolating, growing and re-injecting MSCs to treat a variety of diseases and medical conditions, such as:

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While all of these treatments are in trial phase for now, many scientists have proven that MSCs provide a safe form of treatment for degenerative and immunodeficiency diseases. They are easy to grow in culture and are completely ethical and non-invasive to collect. For this reason, an increasing number of parents are choosing to bank the stem cells in their children’s milk teeth as a form of health protection.

Why Future Health Biobank

Future Health Biobank is the UK’s largest tooth stem cell bank, having stored and released more samples than any other bank. We have an excellent scientific understanding of MSCs and how to safely extract and store them from milk teeth or healthy adult teeth.

The World’s Largest Tooth Stem Cell Bank

Over 1,000 studies involve MSCs

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Future Health Biobank has released 26 tooth stem cell samples for treatment

How does it work?

5 Simple steps to storing your child’s tooth stem cells

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STEP 1: Complete your dental pulp storage agreement with us online or by post.

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STEP 2: Let us know when your child starts showing signs of a wobbly tooth, we’ll send over your collection kit.

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STEP 3: When the day arrives that your child’s tooth comes out, simply follow the step-by-step instructions found within the collection kit. Package the tooth as instructed, remove the PathoPak (blood test kit) and store in a safe place.

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STEP 4: Once the tooth has been collected, simply contact our customer care team to arrange courier collection. We will then arrange for a medically approved courier to collect the kit from your home and deliver it to our laboratory.

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STEP 5: Once you have contacted our customer care team to arrange a courier collection, we will then arrange for the blood test to take place within the next few days.

Dental Pulp Stem Cell Brochure

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