Wisdom teeth being saved for stem cell use

HOUSTON – A lot of research has been done on the benefits of saving stem cells from a baby's umbilical cord, but not all parents realize the same cells can be taken from a child's tooth that falls out or from a wisdom tooth.

 

A couple of weeks ago, 19-year-old Sydney Addicks had her wisdom teeth removed and saved in case of an emergency.

 

"You can possibly lose your feet, your hands, your arms," Addicks explained about complications from diabetes.

 

Addicks has Type 1 diabetes, an illness that affects pancreatic function.