Mahfujul Haq Khan BDS, DDS, FSDCE (USA), PhD (Japan), Post
Doc. (Japan) Specialised: Crown and Bridge work, and Periodontal plastic
surgery (USA) Senior Medical Officer, Department of Dentistry, BIRDEM
I am a schoolteacher. Last year I visited few primary schools in our
neighbouring country. During my visit, in one of the schools I found
some dentists checking the dental status of children in classroom. I
came to know that every year they invite local dentists (volunteer service)
for initial check up and the finding/report of every child's oral health
status will be sent to the parents. Beside regular check up, the dentist
will also deliver a short lecture regarding how to brush, which food
is bad for your dental health, some short video etc. I wonder why we
don't have this in our country? I think both the dentists and schoolteachers
can take this initiative. What is your opinion? How we can initiate
this important issue for our children? Can I invite you to my school?
Zinnat Choudhury, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
Mrs Zinnat Choudhury
I do appreciate your way of thinking. Actually most other countries
have this kind of community-based medical/dental service in primary
school. I would not say we don't have this kind of volunteer service
at all, but it happens on relatively fewer occasions. Yes, school authorities,
volunteer organisations and local dental surgeon can take the initiative.
It will be my great honour and opportunity if I can help in this issue.
I gladly accept your invitation.
I am 24 years old. I am suffering from wisdom teeth infection for several
years. When I take antibiotics, then it subsides. I had several attacks
and really want to permanently get rid off the problem. My dentist told
me to go for extraction. I was ready for that extraction, but when he
told me that it may take hour or more and need to remove part of surrounding
bone and stitches would be involved, then I got really scared. Can you
tell me what may happen if I don't go for surgery? Do I really need
Akbor Hossain, Monita housing, 120 West Jatraabari , Dhaka
Sometimes we need to clear the surrounding bone for extraction of the
third molar. Don't worry about stitching, it will prevent excessive
bleeding, help in early healing and prevent food accumulation. Here
I am giving some tips regarding wisdom teeth;
can wisdom teeth be impacted?
The reason why wisdom teeth can be impacted is not an easy
question to answer. The primary cause of wisdom tooth impaction is simply
that there is inadequate jawbone space behind the person's second molar
(the second molar comes in and is already positioned some years before
the wisdom teeth erupt). Why this lack of space exists is not fully
understood, however there does seem to be a correlation between large
tooth size and tooth crowding and the presence of impacted wisdom teeth.
do impacted wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
The precise reasons why an individual's wisdom teeth should
be extracted should be explained to them by their dentist after an examination,
which almost certainly will need to include x-rays. Wisdom teeth, either
partially or fully erupted, can often be very difficult to clean effectively.
The term "erupted" means that the wisdom tooth has, at least
to some degree, penetrated through the gums.
Any location in the mouth where plaque is allowed to accumulate and
persist, such as around a partially erupted wisdom tooth, a person will
run the risk of developing dental problems such as tooth decay ("cavities"),
periodontal disease ("gum disease"), or reoccurring infections.
Typically it is the partially erupted impacted wisdom tooth which is
more unpredictable or troublesome for a person than an impacted wisdom
which has never broken through the gums.
what age should wisdom teeth be extracted?
If a dentist can clearly ascertain that there are good reasons
to remove a wisdom tooth, then it is usually best to go ahead and have
it removed as soon as is reasonably possible. While there are no hard
and fast rules regarding a specific age by which a person's wisdom teeth
should be extracted, as a rule of thumb, the younger in age a person
is when they have their wisdom teeth extracted the fewer the number
of complications they experience.
Moyeen Beautician, La Belle
One of my friends hair has started greying just at the age of 23. She
is thinking about colouring her hair but she is afraid that long term
use of hair colour may cause skin cancer. Is it true? Please suggest
her some good brands.
: Colouring your hair is quite a safe and effective method
of covering the grey hair. Try using Lo'real Excellence colour, Revlon
colour stay or Wella. If she does not have excessive grey hair then
she could even try henna, it works well to cover stray strands and is
a chemical free option.
festival at Khazana
ACCORDING to food
historians, all praise for inventing the delicious temptation called
kabab goes to ancient Middle Eastern cooks. In Arabic the word Kabab
or Kebab means a dish of fried meat. It is said that fuel was scarce
in the area so they developed the easy and efficient way of cooking
meat by threading it on skewers and frying it on a light fire.
It may originate
in the Middle East but over the centuries, it has become a very popular
cuisine in our continent. It is the temptation that many people simply
cannot resist. The recipes and blend of ingredients are now endless.
it is, not just meat but vegetable and fish are now also used to make
kebabs. Jal pari prepared with pomfret, adraki chop with mixed
vegetables and the flavour of ginger, or jalali jheenga, raan buzkazzi,
aloo nazakath, paneer tikka, all of these just tickle your tongue.
This enormous variety
of kabab is offered in a kabab festival arranged by Khazana, the restaurant
of chef Sanjeev Kapoor. The celebration of savouring kabab will go on
till the end of January.
Eid-ul-Azha is just
around the corner. Shital J. Bhatt, the manager of the restaurant told
us "This kabab festival is being held to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha.
It is definitely the perfect time to arrange such an occasion".
After Dubai, the
second international branch of Khazana was launched in Dhaka on July
26th, 2002. The restaurant can accommodate around 260 people at a time.
Dishes served in it are specially prepared under the guidance of chef
Mahin Khan, also the chairperson of the restaurant, designed the elements
used to decorate the interior. A combination of ancient Bangladeshi
mould with contemporary decoration created a pleasant ambience inside.
Apart from all the
other menus, munching kabab in a cosy environment can be a deliciously
different experience for you this month. Khazana is situated at house
# 12, road # 55, Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan-2.
A DIFFERENT SKY
a Gusty Night
on now, hold my hand, make sure you don't let those balloons fly you
away. Where will I find a daughter then? I only got one" My father
use to say when I went nuts for helium-filled wonders in all colours
and patterns in front of one of the only children's recreation places
in Dhaka "Shishu Park." One of my tiny hands would hold
on to bunches of balloons and the other would be folded in the strong
grip of my father. In the middle, an ear to ear smile shone, showing
my tiny teeth. At those moments I felt as though I was between two
worlds, one made by my father and his strong hands.
The other was
welcoming me to fly away with the balloons into another distant land,
into the sky through the clouds, near the sun, like they did in "Mary
Poppins". I believed the helium filled balloons actually possessed
the power to take me away, and in my mini-mind I would picture possible
scenarios of the chance if I did fly away.
How sad my family
would be, and whether the balloons would be able to also bring me
back into my father's arms. I never resolved these thoughts; instead
these thoughts dissolved with time as I grew and balloons were no
Last night on
my way out of the mall with few bags in each hand I got slapped again
with a similar thought. The temperature was somewhere in the negative
in Washington DC and the wind was blowing in a speed that almost seemed
I was almost going
to tip over (not because I am slim but mostly because I was caught
off-guard), the shopping bags were too heavy and I gripped them harder
as I made my way to the car. I looked up, saw a clear sky and thought:
who would hold me back today if I were to fly away, these over stuffed
plastic bags with overpaid products?
who and what will restrain me and whose grip will I return to when
reality drops me back to the earth?
I didn't realise until last night, those balloons from my childhood
and the thoughts, which aired away with time, did take me
to a distant land, through the clouds, the sky, flying over oceans
and mountains. I did reach a foreign place, a place that
seemed closer to the sun because everything glowed in a much shiner
shade than our green country Bangladesh, full of mud and rain.
My invisible childhood
balloons guided me through, showed me to a "better" life,
to dream the dreams that are possible and disregard the impossible
and paint over the past. So I did. I lived for higher education, bigger
paycheques, prestigious titles, and shiner accessories. I lived for
looking fresher, eating healthier, breathing purer oxygen and affording
the best of all worlds. I lived by the philosophy like many others:
emotional dependence makes you weak, and to achieve tranquillity you
need to be independent.
So like others
I followed social guidelines of being 'normal'. I lived, laughed and
bonded, tied and let go. Making sure my ties were never bounding enough
to strap me back, my attachments were never strong enough to make
So why did I have
tears last night as I pulled out of the parking lot, for what do I
cry? Which hole in my heart has overflowed to this extent for it to
spill over? I endlessly think to solve the mystery behind my cold
salty tears, freezing on their way down to my chin. A part of me feels
glad that the western chills are co-operating by solidifying my teary
weaknesses seconds after they are formed. I tried to listen to the
icy temperature's message about my emotional forecast, and after few
minutes of forming frozen tears my eyes gave up.
The helium filled
Balloons run out of gas, they can only take you to your destination,
never back. The strong grip of my father no longer embraces me next
to him. Being set free I run with the trend of individuality. In cold
nights, however, I do wish for a firm grip, I do wish something sincere
held me back instead of over-packed wasted products bought for momentary
I am in search
of those balloons again, but they are hard to find as they have long
gone out of fashion.