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Stem Cells…From Teeth?

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health recently discovered stem cells in teeth, these are the cells that naturally repair your body. They are working quickly now to direct stem cells, so they grow into almost any type of human cells, including heart, brain, nerve, cartilage, bone and liver cells. Stem cells are being studied to affect other disease like diabetes, kidney problems, liver and Parkinson’s disease. They are being used in human clinical trials, and it is expected to be available within the next ten years. Stem cells from teeth are proving better than those coming from bone marrow.

According to the researchers, as dental stem cells are closely linked to bone and cartilage, it is simple to manipulate these immature cells into cartilage. Dental stem cells have significant medical benefits in the development of new medical therapies. Baby teeth have the most viable cells, but wisdom teeth are also a great source of stem cells.

Using one’s own stem cells for medical treatment carries with it a much lower risk of rejection and decreases the need for drugs that weaken the immune system, both of which are negative but typical realities that come into play when tissues or cells from a donor are used to treat patients.

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