Stem cells found in gums

A recent study from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California (USC) has shown that stem cells found in gum tissue have clinical applications for tissue regeneration and immunoregulation. 

The Journal of Dental Research published the study, which demonstrated the existence of two types of gingival mesenchymal stem cell (GMSC) residing within the gingiva (gum tissue) of the adult mouth. One type, N-GMSC, make up the majority of stem cells in the gingiva and are able to develop into other types of cell, and also have a healing effect on inflammatory disease.

It is thought that stem cells derived from this unique, fast-healing and easily accessible tissue may  also show promise for clinical applications for wound healing and reducing scar formation. Look after your gums! They are more important than you realise! 

If your teeth or gums need a check, contact Higher Lane Dental Practice today to arrange for an appointment.