If you have a jar of either your own baby teeth or that of your children, you are not alone. Most people do! If you are doing it for sentimental reasons, then all is well; however, if you want those little 'choppers' to help you or your child medically someday, it is probably too late.
"If they've already been extracted, they're not going to be of use, and if they've been in a drawer, then they've dried out and haven't been preserved properly," explains dentist Dr. Terri Alani. "However, stem cells in baby teeth are a great source for stem cells in the future, but you want to let your dentist know at the time they're taken out and the dentist can send them to a stem cell bank to be properly stored. If they naturally fall out, you might want to have solution available to temporarily store them in. There are stem cell banks that you can actually look up, call your dentist, take it to your dentist, and then you can preserve them."
"Stem cells can really provide a great source of fighting a disease later in life, so it's not a bad idea to harvest the stem cells in the baby teeth, if you have the ability to," adds Dr. Alani.