All I Want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth!” This is the first verse of a popular Christmas song written in 1944. Mr. Donald Yetter Gardner penned the song “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”, in about thirty (30) minutes and since then, it has been on the tips of our tongues for many years. It is my hope that this song does not apply to… Read More

Remembering the Oral Health of Persons with Disabilities

Remembering the Oral Health of Persons with Disabilities

Oral health is important to the health and well being of people with disabilities. Good oral health promotes communication, good nutrition, self-esteem and an enhanced quality of life. It can lead to the reduction or elimination of pain and discomfort. On the other hand, poor oral health (bad breath, overcrowded teeth or unsightly decay) reduces a person’s ability to eat nutritious food, negatively affects self image and confidence, and causes significant pain. The United Nations International Day of Persons with… Read More

Leukemia and The Mouth

Lukemia and The Mouth

Leukemia is a malignant (cancerous) proliferation of abnormal blood-forming elements that progressively push aside normal blood-forming elements of the bone marrow. The destructive multiplication of abnormal cells, often causes a feeling of unwell and weakness in a person with leukemia. This is most likely due to the bone marrow’s failure as a result of the invasion of the abnormal cells. In addition to the feeling of unwell and weakness, the individual may also experience abnormal bleeding tendencies, along with a… Read More