Nearly 60% of all patients being treated for cancer receive radiation. The radiation may be in combination with chemotherapy and surgery or used as an individua…
Jill Meyer-Lippert began her dental career in 1992 as a Dental Assistant and Receptionist and became licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1994. She earned a certificate in Oncology Management from the University of Southern Indiana. Jill and her husband are the owners of Side Effect Support LLC, which is dedicated to helping oncology patients manage the oral side effects of cancer treatments.
Dental Stem Cells Can Play a Role in Regenerative Medicine
Did you know that stem cells are the building block for every organ and tissue in the body? And that they are useful for someday treating malignant diseases? In this newsletter, I want to alert you to the mesenchymal stem cell. It can develop into many different types of cells, including bone, cartilage, and fat cells that support the formation of blood and fibrous connective tissue. Because of this unique characteristic, they are proving to have great potential for treating a variety of medical conditions. There are over 2,000 studies that have been completed or are on-going regarding the use of mesenchymal stem cells with a specialized area of medical care called regenerative medicine.
How can you protect your child’s future through dental stem cells?
Mesenchymal stem cells can be found inside the pulp chamber, the innermost layer of a tooth. A child’s baby tooth and a teenager’s or college-age adult’s wisdom teeth are abundant in mesenchymal stem cells. Teeth that have already been removed are not candidates for providing stem cells. The teeth need to be extracted by a dentist and shipped to a lab where the stem cells are processed and stored at a secure cryogenic (sub-zero temperature) facility for future use. Side Effect Support is pleased to welcome such a facility, ToothBank, as a partner!
Learn more about what types of medical conditions may be treated using stems cells derived from teeth and how to protect your child’s future by downloading the Toothbank Brochure.
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Jill began her dental career in 1992 as a Dental Assistant and Receptionist and became licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1994. She earned a certificate in Oncology Management from the University of Southern Indiana. Jill and her husband are the owners of Side Effect Support LLC, which is dedicated to helping oncology patients manage the oral side effects of cancer treatments.
Jill is a 2014 recipient of the Sunstar Americas/RDH Award of Distinction and a volunteer event organizer for the Oral Cancer Foundation. She is a member of both the American Academy of Dental Hygiene and the American Academy of Dental Oncology. She continues to practice in a general dentistry office in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Side Effect Support LLC offers oncology patients a range of products to serve the unique needs that they may face during chemotherapy or head & neck radiation. Visit www.sideeffectsupport.com.
Jennifer has been practicing dental hygiene in the beautiful state of Colorado for 15 years. However, she grew up in a dental office as her mom was a dental assistant.
For the last 3 years Jennifer has embarked on an exciting new turn in her career working in the hospital setting as an Oncology Dental Hygienist. Working mainly with head and neck cancer patients, she navigates dental needs prior to the start of radiation therapy and educates patients on the importance of oral care during treatment and how their dental needs will change in the future.
Head and neck cancer patients face an incredible journey surviving what is considered the most difficult of radiation therapy treatments. Jennifer is honored and proud to play a key role in their support and success.
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