Am I the Only Mom Who Saves Her Kids’ Baby Teeth?
I've done this since they were, well, babies. Am I alone or are you with me?
It started with my oldest son's very first wiggly tooth. He was in kindergarten and when I picked him up at school that day his teacher said with a smile, "Someone is very excited about a potential trip from the tooth fairy." And then it was like the blink of an eye and all of his other baby teeth started getting loose and falling out one by one making room for the "real" teeth to come in.
Then a few years later, it was the exact same thing with my youngest son. So I did what I thought most moms did: I saved ALL of their teeth and put them in their own little tooth pouch.
What do you do with these baby teeth after all these years? Well, nothing I thought – until now.
Turns out after some investigating, saving my kids teeth wasn't a bad idea. I came across an article on HomeMaking.com that says I am not a crazy mom for saving my children's baby teeth. Believe it or not, doctors say that there are zillions (ok, maybe not zillions, but a lot) of stem cells in baby teeth that can be used to treat different diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer too.
By the way, it's not only the baby teeth but also your kids' wisdom teeth that may come in handy someday. All of this may sound a little crazy to you, but believe me, your child's dentist knows all about this, so be sure to ask at your next visit.
Of course, there is a certain method to actually storing the baby teeth and you guessed it, putting them into a little baby teeth pouch doesn't cut it. The website ToothBank has all the details on properly storing your baby's baby teeth.