Who else collect baby teeth other than the Tooth Fairy?

Did you know that saving your child’s baby teeth, just before they fall out, may one day save your child’s life?   Sure you have all heard about stem cells in the past and saving umbilical cords.  But did you know stem cells can also be found in  baby teeth?  Parents often plan for our children’s future through education savings and other means but you can also plan for their healthcare too? Here is a great new innovative way that you can!

The stem cell’s niche (SCN) is a very unique microenvironment within tissue that regulates stem/progenitor cell proliferation, survival, migration, fate, and aging.  This begins early in development when the baby is still in the womb and continues during childhood to help with growth and self-renewal ie. hair, blood, skin.  Your child’s baby teeth are significantly different from the adult permanent teeth with regards to their developmental processes, tissue structure.   They are rich in progenitor stem cells that can differentiate into different tissues.   Since 2000, researchers have begun investigating numerous ways  these cells can be used for medical benefits.   It is beneficial to harvest stem cells while the child is young.  Young stem cells are not yet heavily affected by the accumulation of genetic and environmental contaminants and therefore are “virgin” and healthy enough to be used for future cell therapies.  Other benefits of collecting the dental pulp from your child’s baby or wisdom teeth as they come out is that it is non-invasive and easier to collect rather than harvesting from other sources such as bone marrow or cord blood which can only be collected at birth and if you haven’t done this it is too late!

What can you use it for?

Some of the promising studies which stem cells from baby tooth has been found useful:

Dental tissue regeneration – due to the origin of where they come from they are a good candidate for tooth structure regeneration.

Bone formation –  filling in bone defects in the jaw or even in other hand and neck regions.

Reconstruction of corneal layer in the eye –  equivalent to a new cornea once transplantation has occurred.

Many other researcher teams are tirelessly working on using stem cells for many specific diseases such as , muscular dystrophy, lupus erythematous-associated disorder, type 1 diabetes, heart attacks, spinal cord injuries and neuro-degenerative diseases.

If your child goes through life and experiences a hurdle where they need stem cells you will be covered by having collected their dental stem cells from the dental pulp or their cord blood during the birthing process.  You can never be too prepared for the future and while stem cells can be available to you at some point, there is nothing more promising than having your own that will not cause a rejection or poor reaction when using them.  At this point it is not certain how many cells will be needed in the future and therefore it is recommended that you store more than one baby tooth.

Wondering what you tell your child when they are unable to put their tooth under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy?  We are more than happy to sign a certificate to endorse / prove that your child has lost a tooth.  The Tooth Fairy graciously accepts the certificate in lieu of a tooth!

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Copyright 2014 The Children’s Oral Care Centre

Continuing Education Seminar with Yukon Dental Association – Whitehorse

Learning never exhausts the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci

Dr. Phoebe Tsang and Dr. Anthony Strelzow were very honoured to present their continuing education seminar – “Early Diagnosis and interceptive treatments with current technologies in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics” with the Yukon Dental Association on October 16, 2014 at the Coast High Country Inn.   The seminar covered a variety of topics ranged from early interception of thumb sucking and pacifier habits, management dental crowding, congenitally missing teeth, ectopic eruption and controversy of one or two phase orthodontic treatments.

Dr. Tsang and Dr. Strelzow were very grateful for the overwhelming support from the entire dental community in Whitehorse – dentists, assistants, hygienists, dental therapists, office administrator.  It was a full house!!  They would like to thank everyone for coming out for an evening of learning (especially after a long day of work!!) and social gathering.  They hope to have provided everyone some clinical pearls that they can put to good use at their clinics.   They are looking forward to more events like this in the future.  Please stay tuned.

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Autism Awareness Month – Free Apps to try out for tech savvy children with autism

The number of children with autism is rising in alarming rates in Canada and the United States.  One report showed increases ranging from 39% to 204% in Ontario and the Maritime provinces.  Since the diagnosis of autism involves no specific  test and is mainly based on interpretations of the child’s behaviours, the increase can be attributed to heightened awareness of the condition and the gradual expansion of the diagnosing criteria which now includes milder social and learning disabilities in children. Regardless of the basis of the rising numbers in children, the fact of the matter is these children need help as soon as possible because intensive therapy at an early age can potentially lessen the symptoms of autism and can facilitate their daily activities, like going to the dentist!  In this day and age where children are well motivated by technology and as resources can be limited with therapies and programs,  we have looked through some apps that we feel may help your child with autism to function at their best. All of these apps are free!  Some of them may be linked to preliminary scientific evidence to support their benefits.

A dental visit is a novel experience for many children.  It is important for us to know how your child feel while we care for their teeth.   The following are apps that will help your child express their emotions and assist them in communicating their feelings.

Autism Emotion

Uses music and a photo slideshow to help teach your child about the different emotions.  It includes audio narration, descriptive text of each photo and songs and is based on the Model Me Faces & Emotions DVD used for social skill training for children and teenagers with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

iPad, iPhone, iTouch

PictoDroid Lite

Uses pictograms to create simple action and object sentences.

Android

Social Skill Builder

Has interactive videos to teach key social thinking, language and behavior that are important to everyday life.

iPad, iPhone, iTouch

SpeakAll!

Is used for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) intervention with nonverbal children who have autism by using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

iPad

Talking Mats

Helps children who have difficulty communicating participate in conversations and communicate effectively.

Android, iPad (all ages)

Tantrum Tracker Lite

Gives you the ability to track your child with behavioral control issues, autism spectrum, ADD, or ADHD’s tantrums and outbursts.  Beneficial to understand the causes and details of your child’s tantrums.

iPhone, iTouch (all ages)

Children are calmer and more compliant when they have regular predictable routines and schedules, especially when it comes to forming good health habits.  The following apps can be helpful for establishing your child’s routines like brushing their teeth, scheduling regular visits to the dentist or even walking them through a sequence of events at the dentist so they can be prepared them ahead of time.

AutiPlan Pictoplanner

For children who need more structure and an overview of their daily activities this app uses clear pictograms and text that you can drag and drop.  It has alarms and uses text-to-speech to help your child focus on their activities.  It has various templates to make scheduling quick and easy.

Android, iPad (all ages)

ABPathfinder’s Parent Pathway

Allows you to track the daily habits of your child and determine patterns in their activities and behaviors in a quantifiable way.  This includes; sleep habits, diet, medication changes, social changes, environmental changes.  This information can be shown to your child’s therapy team and can lead to better understanding and outcomes for your child.

Windows 8 (all ages)

Picture Planner

A day planner that uses images with prompts and reminders to help your child stay on track.  Has the ability to use a desktop and sync to your mobile devices.

iPad, iPhone, iTouch

reQall

You can save ideas, to-do lists and things you need to remember via voice, text, email or IM.

iPad, iPhone, iTouch

Symbly Go

Allows your child to view his or her visual supports, communication boards, visual schedules, and social stories on the go.

iPad

VizZle Student Player

You and your child’s educators can use this app to show instructional lessons for children who learn best from visually supported materials.

Android, iPad (all ages)

For more cool apps, you can also visit:  http://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-apps

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