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Can banking baby teeth treat diabetes?

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I think all this should be banked to treat people. It is a brilliant idea and I don't understand the controversy.
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What ever happened with Micheal J. Fox and his fight for Stem Cell Research?
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I found the following information. Dental stem cells have the potential to produce dental tissue, bone, cartilage and muscle. They may be used to repair cavities, fix a tooth damaged from periodontal disease or bone loss, or even grow a tooth instead of using dental implants.

In fact, stem cells can be used to repair cracks in teeth and cavities. There’s also some evidence that dental stem cells can produce nerve tissue, which might eliminate the need for root canals.

Dental stem cells may even be able to treat neurological disorders, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.

When it comes to treating diseases like type 1 diabetes, dental stem cells also show promise. In fact, a study in the Journal of Dental Research found that dental stem cells were able to form islet-like aggregates that produce insulin.

Unlike umbilical cord blood where there’s one chance to collect stem cells, dental stem cells can be collected from several teeth. Also, gathering stem cells from bone marrow requires invasive surgery and risk, and it can be painful and costly.
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