Dental stem cell banking: the best gift you can give to your patients

May 2, 2011
Protecting our children's future is the best gift we can ever give. Christine Taxin tells you how you can incorporate dental stem cell banking into your everyday practice.

By Christine Taxin

In 2000, scientists at the NIH (NIDCR) discovered stem cells in teeth. These "dental" stem cells have already been used to regenerate alveolar bone and treat periodontal disease in human clinical studies. These are adult stem cells, not controversial embryonic stem cells. Dental stem cells are also being studied for the potential to treat a range of diseases outside of dentistry including cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's, spinal cord injury, and more. In 2011, scientists showed that dental stem cells from baby teeth can be used to generate islet-like cells that produce insulin in response to glucose — something all of your diabetic patients and families should know about.

Incorporate dental stem cell banking into your everyday practice

Using Store-A-Tooth is simple. We provide your practice with materials and support your team needs for patient education to deliver the highest quality dental stem cell service available today.

On the day of the procedure, place the removed teeth into our FDA-approved and ADA-accepted device. This goes into a Tooth Transport Kit and is transported overnight to our laboratory, where the cells are collected and stored. Your normal workflow experiences minimal impact. Training is simple, and we’re here to answer your questions.

Benefits to your practice

  • Provide your patients with access to new stem cell technology.
  • Differentiate your practice in your area to patients and referring professionals.
  • Generate optional incremental income for your practice.
  • Access education and discounts for your team.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has issued a policy on dental stem cells, which reads in part: “Pulpal tissue of primary teeth and surgically removed third molars may serve as a source of adult mesenchymal stem cells. While sources of dental stem cells are readily accessible, those cells must be secured and stored properly to maintain the potential to proliferate and differentiate. The public is increasingly aware of this emerging science, and more parents are expressing interest in harvesting/banking dental stem cells. The AAPD recognizes the emerging field of regenerative medicine and encourages dentists to follow future evidence-based literature in order to educate parents about the collection, storage, viability, and use of dental stem cells with respect to autologous regenerative therapies.”

Give a Store-A-Tooth kit to your patients who are parents, and a special letter for their children. As parents, we save everything our children give us including the first lost tooth, the first haircut, and every drawing they create. Why not save the best item we can for our children — their DNA. Protecting our children’s future is the best gift we can ever give.

Christine Taxin has more than 20 years as a practice-management professional. Her passion for communication, team training, vision, and goal setting has helped many practices meet their potential and increase their profitability. She helps each team member and doctor develop latent strengths to improve performance and effectiveness. Contact her by email at [email protected] or visit her website at