Parents Pulling Kids' Baby Teeth for Stem Cells
They're saved for years for future medical use
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Don't throw out those teeth, kid.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – The tradition of letting baby teeth fall out naturally—and keeping them for the tooth fairy—may become a thing of the past, as the teeth are increasingly used as a source of something far more valuable than pocket change: stem cells. Though stem cell therapies are still in the early stages of development, some families are having their children's baby teeth extracted and saved in anticipation of treatments that could be around by the time the child reaches adulthood, the Miami Herald reports.

"I believe in this,'' says one mother. "I did it as a precaution against things that could happen in the future.'' Companies like Florida's StemSave are popping up to process and store the stem cells from four otherwise healthy teeth—for $590 upfront and $100 a year after that for storage.

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brawne
Jan 18, 2011 10:06 PM CST
Wow. I didn't think we could get dumber. Want a stem cell send the umbilical cord to a bank. Still can't do shit with it but you never know. Know why baby teeth fall out--cause the tooth underneath pushes it out and then fills the gap. First--you make a gap for teeth to spread and you bunch of morons these are teeth designed to FALL OUT. What exactly do you expect from the stem cell of the DNA of something meant to die? You think it's carrying a full helix and just falls out for no reason? Seriously? After I take your money to save this tooth that will cost you four grand in orthodontia can I show you a nice Brooklyn Bridge? Not every cell is a stem cell.
Snarfeh
Jan 18, 2011 9:49 PM CST
Wow, the economy is even affecting Tooth Fairy income levels.....
fractal
Jan 18, 2011 9:23 PM CST
And it will all be for nothing if you do not have health insurance at the right time.