Once again, Store-A-Tooth is in the news!
A video article devoted to Provia’s dental stem cell storage system has been featured on WNDU.com, and highlights the Fennell family, who were advised by their dentist to consider storing the pulp cells from their sons’ wisdom tooth, which was being extracted when he was 15 years old. They see the storing of their son’s dental stem cells as an insurance policy, in the event of new scientific research developing cures and / or treatments for various illnesses in the future – however they distinguish this type of “insurance” as different from traditional life insurance insofar as it has a “life” benefit rather than a “death” benefit.
Dr. Jason Bresler, a pediatric dentist who offers the tooth banking service to patients, said “With baby teeth, you know you’re getting a small amount of tissue that has stem cells in them. In the future, they could be used to treat nerve damage from a car accident, or replacement of an organ, or treatment of Type 1 diabetes.”
Scott Wolf, President and Director of Research for Grace Century, said, “The window of opportunity for the collection of stem cells via baby teeth versus cord blood is so much longer – in this case the subject was 15 years old when the stem cells were collected. I this respect, Provia and Store-A-Tooth offer great hope to many parent who did not store stems cells from cord blood at birth.