It’s probably the only holiday song with a dental connection! The famous holiday tune, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth,” was written back in 1944 by teacher Donald Gardner. Today’s holiday-themed column is going to address the starring role our front teeth play in our lives—starting with the reason Gardner wrote this catchy tune.

“Gardner and his wife, Doris, were helping 22 second-graders in Smithtown, N.Y., compose a Christmas song. He asked them to complete the sentence, ‘All I want for Christmas is... ‘ and then began smiling as he heard 16 of them lisping wishes without the help of one or both front teeth. That night in the space of 30 minutes, the 31-year-old music teacher composed the ditty that would bring him royalties until the end of his life.” This is what the LA Times wrote when Gardner passed away in 2004.

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