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Banking on Baby Teeth

Posted Sep 17 2009 10:26pm
Tooth Stem Cell Bank Opens Services in Florida and Dominican Republic


Tooth Cell Bank Services Provide Families with Biological Insurance through Isolated Stem Cells

Banking baby teeth is fast becoming the favored option to collect and preserve stem cells as reassurance in case of future health related issues. At the forefront of baby tooth stem cell collection and preservation services, BioEDEN Tooth Cell Bank allows for a natural process and noninvasive collection of stem cells from baby teeth that have fallen out of a child’s mouth. With the help of Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Dr. Patricia Jaquez in Miami and Dr. Jose Manuel Rodriguez in Santo Domingo, BioEDEN is expanding and offering their services to families in Florida and the Dominican Republic.

In 2003, Dr. Songtao Shi, then at the National Institute of Health, discovered that he could isolate and grow the stem cells of his daughter’s baby tooth. Since then there have been further advancements and news in the field of tooth stem cell research which includes the discovery of four different types of stem cells found in a baby tooth. Mesenchymal cells can develop into a wide range of other reparative cells, Chondrocyte cells have the ability to generate cartilage in the treatment of arthritis and other joint injuries, Osteoblast cells can generate bone, and Adipocyte cells can repair damaged cardiac tissue following a heart attack. “ With today’s rapid pace of research and discovery, the potential for what these stem cells can be used for is endless ” exclaims BioEDEN Dominicana’s President, Juan Carlos Rodriguez. Not only will the preservation of these stem cells benefit the donor being a 100% match, but there is a 75% chance of the cells being a match for siblings, parents and grandparents.

Today, families in Florida and the Dominican Republic can take advantage of this innovative science by enrolling in BioEDEN Tooth Cell Bank. Dr. Patricia Jaquez, a BioEDEN affiliated dentist and mother in Florida, used an umbilical cord blood bank to store her daughter’s blood cord stem cells and considers BioEDEN “a more economical and a much simpler and speedy process”. Upon enrollment families obtain a Complete Collection Kit containing a tooth storage container, gel packs and simple to follow instructions. The first 48 hours after a tooth falls out are the most critical, as when a tooth falls out it must be immediately placed in a container of milk in the provided collection box and overnighted to one of the many BioEDEN labs worldwide. When the lab receives the tooth, the stem cells are then isolated and evaluated based on current health and viability of the cells. Finally the tooth stem cells are divided into two and cryopreserved by the BioEDEN lab in separate locations.

As opposed to other expensive stem cell collection and preservation methods available in Florida and the Dominican Republic, BioEDEN has an initial processing fee of only $595 and an annual service fee of $95. BioEden also offers family discounts for multiple children registered with the same guardian. BioEDEN offers gift certificates for purchase. For more information visit http://www.bioeden.com/florida/ or http://www.bioeden.com.do/.
About BioEDEN
Registered with the FDA as a private laboratory, BioEDEN, founded in Austin, Texas, is the first company to collect, assess and cryogenically store living tooth cells from deciduous baby teeth. With international laboratories in the UK and Thailand, BioEDEN is now available in Florida and the Dominican Republic with plans for further expansion into Russia, Australia, India and the Middle East. BioEDEN Tooth Cell Bank helps families to save valuable cells from baby teeth through a simple, effective and non-invasive method in order to use the stem cells for future medical use, acting as “biological insurance” for families.
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