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GNASH IN THE BANK; Dentist dad takes out Becca's milk teeth to store stem cells.

Byline: Lucy Christie reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A LITTLE girl has become the first child in Scotland to have milk teeth taken out so their stem cells can be extracted.

Seven-year-old Becca Graham's dad, dentist Callum, took out her two wobbly front teeth - but risked disappointing the tooth keeping and freezing them.

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are building blocks that allow the body to produce new cells and repair tissues. Those taken from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood are used to treat leukaemia and other blood-related diseases.

b umb Doctors have already used teeth cells to regenerate dental bone and treat serious mouth diseases.

d Callum and wife Heather hope milk teeth cells will eventually He stem be used to treat conditions such as diabetes, spinal cord injuries, stroke and liver problems.

Heather, an administrator at her husband's surgery, said: "With the progress that science has made now, and the things that stem cells can do at the moment, who knows what it's going to be like in 10 years, 20 or 30 years? "It's such a gift to be able to give your child.

"We told her that inside her wee tooth there are cells and they'll go underground in a big freezer, and if ever she needs an operation or if something happens, her cells are there to make her better.

"The only thing she was worried about was the tooth fairy."

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THINKING AHEAD Callum and Becca with a test tube of blood TOOTH IS OUT 3 The tooth fairy won't need to pay Becca a visit
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