What do you do with baby teeth? After they’ve come out from under the pillow and been replaced by with a little change by the tooth fairy that is. Some people keep them for mementoes, others just throw them away. I mean, your kid doesn’t need them any more, so what’s the point? Other than as a keepsake, of course, they are pretty useless. Or so we all thought.
Doctors say that baby teeth could be incredibly useful for medical research in the future. It seems weird, but when you think about it, it kind of makes sense. Or at least it does to people much cleverer than us. They’ve got doctorates and multiple degrees and have spent years studying baby teeth. Yes, that’s all true! So, we can trust them on this one. But what could your kid’s teeth be used for?
A study showed that baby teeth are a perfect source of stem cells, which can be grown into a number of different types of cell. They are a great way of growing new organs for babies born with birth defects or repairing damaged organs in adults.
The teeth can even be used later in life. So check out those old baby teeth you’ve got knocking about for a surprise! We have no reason to believe scientists would pay for the teeth, but they might be useful to offer if you have a medical problem that could be helped by your own or a family member’s stem cells.
Baby Teeth Preservation
Unfortunately, storing them in a box won’t do the trick. You need to liaise with your dentist in order to get them preserved as soon as they fall out for them to be of any use. Oh well, there’s always next time!
Let us know what you think of this crazy hack, and whether you’ll be preserving your kid’s next tooth! Tell us in the comments, and share with your family and friends. You can also check out similar stories on Happiest, like this one about a funny video of a daughter getting her wisdom teeth removed.
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