Stem cells have been the focus of much scientific excitement and much political controversy over the last 15 years — and now it’s possible teeth could be a key source for these building block cells, writes Dr. Stephanie McGann in the Unionville (Pa.) Times. Stem cells have recently been found in dental pulp tissue. These cells can be saved from some baby teeth and healthy permanent teeth. The dental stem cells can be used to regenerate tooth structure, bone, muscle, nerve cells and connective tissues. Studies have shown that dental stem cells have already been used to regrow jaw bone and connective tissues. Dental stem cell researchers are optimistic that stem cells from teeth could play a role in treating Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, heart attacks and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease.
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