When your child asks you what happens to his fallen baby teeth, you probably answer that they are recovered by the little mouse who generously leaves him a Dollar in return. Only, these baby teeth are often found in the bottom of your trash, which is actually a big mistake because they could save your child’s life later! We explain to you why it is important to keep your children’s baby teeth, as relayed by our colleagues from the 20 minutes newspaper.
If the majority of parents have become accustomed to discarding baby teeth, it is certainly because they did not think they could find them useful and therefore saw no reason to start a collection of baby teeth. Only, these could prove to be precious and really save your child’s life if you keep them. Explanations.
Why you should never throw away baby teeth
While your child thinks that the little mouse has recovered its baby tooth, you are actually behind the mysterious disappearance of this tooth which will most likely end up in a hidden corner of your trash can.
Only, you don’t realize that by throwing away this seemingly insignificant tooth at first, you are putting in the trash a chance to save your child’s life in the event of an accident.
Indeed, a study has shown those baby teeth contain what are called “stem cells” which could prove very useful in the event of a medical emergency. Particularly to treat damaged organs or tissues. These stem cells would thus repair the structure of the teeth or lead to bone regeneration. They could possibly treat neuronal damage or degenerative diseases in the future.
To keep them, You can place them in an airtight box that you will place in a cool place, away from heat and humidity, even if it does not seem sufficient to keep the stem cells. You could also use a professional conservation service that will place baby teeth in a liquid that will keep them and keep the stem cells intact for several years. However, it should be noted that to benefit from stem cells, baby teeth must be pulled out before they fall in order to remove the stem cells and store them at less than 190 °.
Furthermore, this conservation principle is prohibited in France but not in Switzerland. Indeed, Emanuelle Prada Bordenave, director general of the Biomedicine Agency condemns this process “it consists of paying for products of the human body, it is the commodification of the human body in small pieces”.
Stem cells: real hope
Stem cell therapy is described by health experts as a revolutionary discovery for medicine. According to them, this therapy could possibly make it possible to treat neurodegenerative diseases initially thought to be incurable and to give hope to the condemned patients.
Its regenerative properties do not stop at the nervous system, but also extend to tissue health, bone regeneration, and much more.
Stem cell therapy has made possible a medical feat that seemed hitherto impossible: the repair of the facial bones and the skull. Professor Catherine Chaussain also received the 2018 “Gueules cassées” Foundation prize to reward her work on the use of dental pulp stem cells to repair the bones of the face and skull.
Bonus: Tips for removing a baby tooth without traumatizing your child
First of all, it is very important to make sure that it is time to remove it and that it is ready to fall. If your child is obviously moving his tooth with his tongue, it is probably time to remove it.
The best way to remove a baby tooth is to encourage your child to move it himself, as he is ultimately better placed to know when and how to remove it without being in pain.
If your child is afraid to do it himself, you can give him a hand. It is essential to remove the tooth gently and taking all precautions to reduce the risk of infection. Forget the technique of the string attached to the door which is not only traumatic for your child but also risky!
Start by disinfecting your hands well, then push the tooth in the opposite direction to its point of resistance to make it fall more easily and without pain. To make your child suffer less, try to distract them by telling them a story and they may not feel anything.
Finally, reward your child for his courage by playing the game of the little mouse to encourage him to take up the challenge with more enthusiasm next time!