Family hopes baby tooth banking could lead to type 1 diabetes cure

An American household are hoping their son’s final baby tooth may in the future assist to cure his type 1 diabetes.

It’s a protracted shot, however the household from Citrus Heights in California thinks it’s value taking.

Austin Schudy, 19, was recognized with type 1 diabetes aged 10 and his father, Stance, mentioned the information got here as a “real shock”.

The household set about researching type 1 diabetes and potential remedies, the place they learnt about ‘tooth banking’, the title given for preserving youngsters’s enamel for stem cell remedy.

Mr Schudy discovered an organization, primarily based in Boston, which specialises in storing the enamel so stem cells might be harvested.

The firm says baby enamel make an amazing supply of stem cells due to the dental pulp, and as they naturally fall out anyway selecting to financial institution them retains future therapy choices open.

The technique of assortment is straightforward, and the enamel are safely despatched to the lab the place the stem cells are processed, frozen and saved in a specifically designed facility.

Speaking to native information station CBS Sacremento, Mr Schudy mentioned: “We knew he had to have his baby teeth in order for his stem cells to be present, and we were fortunate to have enough time to get his last tooth.”

Mr Schudy’s household spent a couple of hundred for the extraction and lab evaluation of the tooth and pay $10 a month to retailer it.

Although the approach has been round for the final 10 years, the know-how continues to be on the experimental stage, each within the US and likewise within the UK, the place corporations are additionally offering comparable providers.

The thought is that preserving stem cells throughout the dental pulp of baby enamel might in future assist researchers to develop a person-specific certain. However, no such cure has been created for type 1 diabetes and so the funding in baby enamel storage represents a big gamble on the long run.