Could a baby tooth save your child’s life?

 

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Every year four million baby teeth fall out, and 1.4 million wisdom teeth are pulled out. Until recently, the only entity really interested in all those teeth was the tooth fairy. But all that changed in the year 2000, with the discovery that dental pulp contains adult stem cells.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are considered the body’s “master cells” because they have the ability to create the different types of cells that make up our organs, blood, tissue, and immune system.There are two basic types of stem cells: adult stems cells and embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are produced when a newly fertilized egg begins to divide.

Avoiding Ethical Issues

A stem cell is an immature cell that has the potential to become specialized into different types of cells throughout the body.

One of the challenges of stem cells research has been to appease the ethical and moral controversies surrounding the use of stem cells. These specific concerns are usually related to embryonic and foetal stem cells because the harvesting of such stem cells does with most techniques, result in the destruction of an embryo.

One of the positive aspects using dental pulp stem cell is that these teeth were not extracted simply for the purposes of the study. The teeth were planned for extraction anyway, and would simply have been discarded.

As a source of stem cells, they satisfy the requirements for easy harvesting and ethical concerns. Another benefit is that primary teeth are all lost at some point.

As such, it makes them especially attractive as a source of stem cells, where a person’s own teeth could provide stem cells that help them in the future. It would simply require early planning to ensure that primary teeth are kept and used for stem cell harvesting.

Recent years have shown increased funding from religious groups to adult stem cell research, with the hopes that greater interest in the use of adult stem cells will prompt reduced use of embryonic stem cells.

Dental pulp stem cells:  for bone regeneration.

  • In 2008, it was reported that Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) have been demonstrated to be ideal for:
  • Tissue reconstruction
  • Have a long lifespan
  • Build ,in vivo, an adult bone
  • Exert anti-inflammatory abilities

The easy management of dental pulp stem cells makes them very usable.

Dental pulp stem cells:  prevent leading cause of blindness

According to Jul7, 2014 report, researchers at the University Of Birmingham, UK, have discovered that stem cells isolated from the teeth, prevent a leading cause of blindness caused by injury or degenerative diseases.

 Dental pulp stem cells have the following potentials:

How to Store dental pulp stem cells

As you know, baby teeth are resorbed gradually before they fall out, so the longer you wait, the less tissue is there. Ideally, when a tooth begins to become loose, the parent would take the child to the dentist and have that tooth pulled. The dentist would place the extracted tooth in a kit that has a sterile buffer to stabilize the tooth and keep it cold in transport. The tooth is shipped overnight to a lab to extract and store the stem cell. Teeth that come out at home, as long as the tooth bleeds when it comes out, are good enough for this purpose.

The cost of storing dental pulp stem cells seems to be more reasonable than Cord Blood Registry .

 

Banking your child’s stem cells is a decision that varies from family to family. Some people feel that the life-saving possibilities outweigh the cost of small investment. It is like paying for life insurance for your child.

They both pay back at the time of disaster (if any). Except banking your child’s dental stem cells may help your child to stay alive and healthy when needed. The important thing is to weigh the cost and benefit and make the decision that is right for your family.

 

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In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 500 patients with Invisalign.For more information please see: www.drparvincarter.com

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Tooth Extraction

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Saving your natural tooth should always be your first choice when dental care is needed.Your dentist would first try to save your tooth by doing root canal.Root canal, is a sequence of treatment for the pulp of a tooth.  It would  results in the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.

 

In Root canal procedure: unhealthy or injured tooth, is drilled, cleaned, filled  with endofileEndodontic files) , rubber filling and crown.

 

Your dentist may recommend tooth extraction as the last resorts.

When would my dentist recommend extraction?

Your dentist may recommend extraction of a tooth in the following cases:

Are there different types of extraction?

There are two types of extractions:

  • A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. The dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist usesn instrument called a forceps to remove the tooth.
  • A surgical extraction is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet. The dentist makes a small incision (cut) into your gum. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it.

Signs of complication after extraction

Call your dentist if:

  • The swelling gets worse instead of better.
  • You have fever, chills or redness
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • You have uncontrolled bleeding in the area
  • The area continues to ooze or bleed after the first 24 hours
  • Your tongue, chin or lip feels numb more than 3 to 4 hours after the procedure
  • The extraction site becomes very painful — This may be a sign that you have developed a dry socket.

In order to avoid infection, your dentist usually will prescribe antibiotics.

 

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In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 380 patients with Invisalign.

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Free Dental Care

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This country is facing an oral health crisis—a gap between those with good oral health and those without. Its causes are varied and complex and it will only get worse without a comprehensive set of solutions.

Congress missed a terrific opportunity to address this in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) by essentially leaving low-income adults behind.

Oral health is an essential needs for every one not a luxury.

Oral health isn’t a luxury — it’s essential. We recognize that dentists alone cannot solve the nation’s dental health crisis. Federal, state and local governments must be part of the solutions.

 More than 181 million Americans didn’t visit the dentist in 2010.

A study by Harris Interactive with the American Dental Association (ADA) found that nearly half of lower-income adults say they haven’t seen a dentist in a year or longer. Overall, more than 181 million Americans didn’t visit the dentist in 2010. Nearly half of adults over age 30 have some form of gum disease, which can lead to bone and tooth loss.

The Harris/ADA study found that 40 percent of lower-income adults believe that the Affordable Care Act will help them obtain dental care. In fact, the new law will not provide substantial dental coverage for low-income adults.

Emergency rooms aren’t able to provide comprehensive dental care.

People suffering from dental pain need somewhere to turn for help. Frequently the place they turn is the emergency room of their local hospital. According to the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the number of dental ER visits in the U.S. increased from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2010. A separate study shows that in 2009, dental caries (the disease that causes cavities) and abscesses alone – almost entirely preventable conditions – accounted for nearly 80 percent of dental-related ER visits. While emergency rooms can provide pain relief and treat infection, few hospitals have dentists on staff so they aren’t able to provide comprehensive dental care. Moving patients with dental pain out of the ER and into the dental chair ensures that they get the right care at the right place. Read the ADA research brief (PDF) about the increase in dental-related emergency department visits.

Poor dental health could result to life threatening consequences

Poor dental health could result to:

 heart attack,strokeAlzheimer diseasePancreatic cancer,  Pneumonia, Respiratory Tract Infection,Breast Cancer, Diabetes knee arthritispremature birth and even,  and  low birth weight (PLBW) babies. 

What are the solutions?

Programs that move ER patients to a dentist. For example, Community Health Care Connections in Michigan refers patients from the Bronson Battle Creek ER to local dentists. More than 60 percent of the community’s private practice dentists have signed on to provide free care to those patients, resulting in over $1 million of care to 4,000 people over six years.In turn, dental cases to the ER have fallen 70 percent, and the patients — as part of this innovative exchange for dental care — “pay it forward,” with over 57,000 hours of service to non-profits.

Free Dental Care For Low-Income Families

My dental office will see, free of charge, as many patients as possible starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on October 24. The event operates on a first come, first serve basis for oral cancer screenings, and a choice of an extraction, filling or cleaning. Please come to our dental office, located on 1548 East St., across from Shasta Regional Hospital on October 24. Please share this to help someone who needs dental care and cannot afford it.

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In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 380 patients with Invisalign.