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Tooth Storage: Bleach? EtOH? Gelatin? Ringer's? PBS? ESPN?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by trypmo, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. trypmo

    trypmo Arch Fiend
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    Yet another tooth-collecting-related thread, but this one's about whether anybody knows a SPECIFIC formula for a solution in which to store/sterilize extracted teeth, preferably something that's nice and compliant with all the nasty regulations regarding biological waste (or would that be plain-ol' regulations regarding nasty biological waste?).
     
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    Bickle future NYC taxi driver
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    I was told to store them in a 1:10 diluted bleach solution.
     
  4. misogi

    misogi Junior Member
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    I was told 1 part bleach to 10 parts water solution as well.
     
  5. trypmo

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    Thanks for your quick replies!

    That's weird, though, because:
    (a) doesn't bleach supposedly alter the natural coloring of the tooth material after a while? and
    (b) after a few days, diluted bleach loses its capacity to disinfect (learned this in a safety course once; it's perhaps the only useful thing I got from it).

    But hey, if it's what ppl normally use, I'll go along if it means I can collect some teeth! :D

    Any other recommendations?
     
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    I'd go for ESPN. You get great sports coverage with a plethora of witty hosts. You can't beat that.
     
  7. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Private Investigator
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    Trypmo: What will you be doing with your collected teeth? I'll bet you've got something interesting planned for your DS -1.25 curriculum.. please share.

    Sam
     
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    UBTom Class '04 official geezer
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    Listerine is good too. And unlike bleach, you won't ruin your clothes if you accidently drip/spill some.

    HTH.
     
  9. Mangocat

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    Maybe Ringer's solution or Hanks Basic Salt Solution (HBSS)? Because those are used to keep tissue viable. But the d-students gotta confirm that one for me.

    And I think you can't really get access to those unless you're in a lab or have shady connections-so maybe that isn't very plausible
     
  10. trypmo

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    Aha: Listerine! That's the kind of thing I was trying to think of. Perhaps bleach solution for initial sterilizing, then listerine for storage. Hmm... now the question is whether I should get the minty kind, the orangey kind, or the rebarbative (original) kind. :laugh:

    And in response to Sam Spade: I guess I'm mainly thinking that if I do some collecting now, relatively slowly and passively, then I won't have to panic when it comes time to practice for real preps. If there's one thing I've learned from grad school, it's that if I prepare way in advance for something, then I end up thanking myself when the time comes to build on that preparation.

    ...or just call me weird. :p
     

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