Researchers in Japan are finding that dental pulp may be superior to bone marrow in stem cell production. Dr. Alex Farnoosh, a Los Angeles periodontist, points out the responsibility dentists carry in relation to these findings.
Beverly Hills, California (June 2012) – Bad breath (halitosis) has long been considered an embarrassing and unwelcome problem. But recently, scientists in Japan have embraced patients that suffer from halitosis in an effort to advance stem cell research. A revolutionary new study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Breath Research, found dental pulp that contains the compound responsible for halitosis ideal for harvesting stem cells.
This landmark discovery has the potential to transform the way we treat cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and many other severe health conditions with stem cell therapy. Dr. Alex Farnoosh (www.thetotalsmile.com), a Los Angeles area periodontist, comments, “As a periodontist, I know that halitosis can be a symptom of gingivitis, tooth decay, and various other oral problems. The knowledge that we may be able to utilize human dental pulp while treating our patients makes me interested in what this could mean for the dental community as a whole. We can go beyond oral health, and contribute to important work that supports all-over wellness.”
In the study, Japanese scientists found that hydrogen sulfide, the compound responsible for halitosis, boosted adult stem cells causing them to develop into hepatic, or liver, cells. This groundbreaking discovery marks the first time that liver cells have ever been produced from human dental pulp. Furthermore, the liver cells cultivated from dental pulp almost entirely remove the risk of the development of cancers or teratomas that currently exists with cells harvested from bone marrow. Dr. Alex Farnoosh adds, “There is no question that this could change the way doctors treat patients with severe diseases and ailments, but it could also open the door for dental professionals to collect dental pulp from patients as part of a routine exam.”
As stem cell therapy becomes more advanced, this research is paramount in uncovering methods to better utilize stem cells to eradicate and cure many health problems and conditions. Since dental pulp collection is less invasive than collecting bone marrow, this study paves the way for a new population of people that may want to donate their stem cells in a relatively easy way.
As a leading periodontist in Beverly Hills, Dr. Alex Farnoosh is internationally sought out for his advancements in specialized cosmetic procedures. Developing a revolutionary lip lowering treatment to fix gummy smiles, Dr. Farnoosh is committed to the latest and most advanced procedures in inpatient care.
Find out how Dr. Farnoosh provides excellent gum treatment as part of his patients’ smile makeovers when you schedule an appointment online or call (310) 928-1796 to set up a consultation.