Hospital Infections: Dental Biofilm

Dental hygiene is not part of the care patients are given. My dad is receiving treatment at one of the most acclaimed cancer centers in the world. In his hygiene package, he was given a tube of toothpaste, a mini hard-bristled toothbrush, and a Biotene mouth rinse. Due to the severity of my Dad’s operation, family members are by his side to …


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Promotes Healing


I had a severe split lip after enduring a maximum dose of radiation for oral cancer. HBOT or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was recommended to heal the area and improve vascularity in my lower jaw for future dental complications which I was guaranteed to have. To my great relief, during treatments, my lip finally began to heal. Six years later, I …


Oral Cancer: Legal Euthanasia Case

Oral Cancer

I remember when my Grandma Doris at the age of 90 said to me, ‘My friends are all dead. I am tired of living and I don’t want to ever live in a nursing home. I’m ready to die.’ But there was nothing our family could do to honor her request. She lived until just after her 100th birthday and …


The E-Cig Controversy: Where Do You Stand?

The colorful, fruity, sweet and candy-named flavors of e-cigs are aimed at children and could lure them to a nicotine habit when they otherwise wouldn’t choose to smoke. The Vermont House committee has four bills on the table: Raising the minimum age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 Taxing e-cigarettes like other tobacco products (92% of wholesale price) Prohibiting …