DALLAS -- Sorry, kids, say goodbye to the tooth fairy. A new scientific study says you need to hold on to those baby teeth.
That's right, those baby teeth could actually save a life, KIAH reports.
That's because baby teeth contain stem cells in the dental pulp "that can prove to have results for problems we have no solutions for," according to oral surgeon Dr. Laith Mahmood.
And those cells can regenerate and be used to help the body recover from diseases like leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, and even heart disease. By holding onto baby teeth, any of these diseases that may arise later in life can be treated with those cells.