SAVE PRECIOUS STEM CELLS
TO SAFEGUARD YOUR FAMILY’S FUTURE HEALTH
At Happy Kids Dental in Marylebone, we are proud to partner with Future Health Biobank to offer you the opportunity to collect and bank stem cells from dental pulp. These cells can be collected from baby teeth that have just fallen out, or from healthy adult teeth. Future Health Biobank will then preserve those cells for at least 25 years as a sort of biological insurance in case you, your child – or another close relative – develops a health problem and needs them as part of their treatment.
The key to safeguarding your family’s health
Dental pulp cells are found in both baby teeth and adult wisdom teeth. Stem cells that may be present within dental pulp have proven able to develop into bone, dental tissue, cartilage and muscle, and there is even evidence that they may be able to develop into neural tissue. Since they come from your own body (or your child’s), they are a 100% match for use in treatments of various diseases and conditions, such as muscle, tooth or bone repair or heart, blood or neurodegenerative diseases. There’s also a good chance they could match another member of the immediate family.
They are also being studied for a number of conditions related to the connective tissues or neural tissues in the body – including type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, skeletal bone loss, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction and stroke, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
How it works
The process for stem cell banking in London W1 is simple and painless:
- You sign up for the Future Health Biobank service through Happy Kids Dental and receive a 10% discount on their fees.
- You will be sent a collection kit, along with instructions on what to do when your child’s wobbly tooth falls out, or you have an adult tooth extracted.
- After the tooth has come out or been removed, place it in the special pink solution as instructed and call the courier service.
- A courier will collect the container and deliver it quickly and safely to the lab.
- A phlebotomist will come to your home to take a blood sample to test it.
- The stem cells are refrigerated at -160 Celsius for 25+ years.
- If you should ever need them, your stem cells will be securely shipped worldwide – fast and free of charge.
In order to be usable, the tooth must have an intact blood supply, be free of infection, free of deep caries and free of other pathogens.
Dental pulp stem cells have been proven to be viable in cryogenic storage for up to 25 years, and scientists believe they may actually be stored for much longer. There is no time limit on Future Health Biobank storage; you simply pay the annual fee for each year you wish to continue storage.
The cells are a 100% match for the donor and there is a 25% chance of a match for siblings. Chances of a match for other members of the family are also high.
Once the tooth has fallen out, follow the storage instructions in your collection kit. Then simply text ‘PICKUP’ to 07984 356 499 between the hours of 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week, to arrange for the courier to come and collect it. If the tooth falls out after 8pm, leave the tube containing the tooth, tablet and solution in the fridge and text the number the next morning to arrange a courier.
Blood tests are required from the donor in order to ensure that they are free from illness, such as Hepatitis or HIV, which would make them unsuitable for storage.
The donor blood sample will be taken by a professional phlebotomist contracted by Future Health Biobank, either at your home or at our partner London clinic. The tests are carried out within seven days of the tooth extraction/falling out. Only one 10 ml tube of blood will be taken, using the vial provided in the collection kit. There is no cost to you for this service.
In case of need, Future Health Biobank will ship your stem cells anywhere in the world, free of charge, so they are available for a certified treatment with a recognised transplant facility.