Some parents will often keep their child’s first tooth as a good memory, but this sentimental act could apparently save their child’s life in the future.
This is because of the stem cells found in bone marrow, which happened to be stored in abundance in baby teeth.
According to the United States National Center for Biotechnology Information the cells could possibly be used to treat any future cancer or diabetes.
Not only that but they could also help grow new eye tissue and bones, even up to ten years after the tooth has fallen out.
Bone marrow extraction can be very painful, but as the tooth will have already fall out by itself from the child’s mouth, they wouldn’t have to go through the painful process.
It means if a child developed cancer before they are ten-years-old it could potentially be treated with the stem cells stored in the tooth.
And because the teeth have fallen out at a young age, they are likely to still be in good condition as they have only been used for a few years.
Stem cells are able to become any cell in the body, which means scientists can use them to fight illnesses.
Earlier this year there has been a case where a little boy from Cheshire with cancer beat the disease after a transplant of stem cells from an umbilical cord in Texas.
Jenson Wright was first diagnosed with lymphoma and leukemia in November 2013 when he was just four-years-old.
But the cells, which had been stored frozen in Texas, began to kill the disease within five days.
So to all the parents out there, be sure to keep your child’s milk teeth because it may just save their life in the future.