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Summary

The child poet has ruined her teeth by eating too much of sweets and candies. now she feels sorry for having neglected her teeth. the child poet says that she should has looked after her teeth. she should have seen the dangers that lay beneath all the toffees she had chewed and the sweet sticky food she had eaten. she wishes that, she should not have neglected her teeth.
due to her eating too much of sweets the child poet got cavities in her teeth. she had to get these cavities filled by a dentist. now she has more fillings that teeth in her mouth. the child now wishes that she should have paid respect to her teeth and not given them too many candies. she should have spent her pocket money on something else.
the child regretfully thinks of all the different kinds of sweets and candies she had been eating. she used to eat big and small shebatdabs and hard brittle peanuts. but now her consious feela a terrible prick for having eaten all that harmful stuff.
the child says that every night she would flash the toothpaste to her parents. she would do that to show themthat she was going to brush her teeth. and then very late at night, she would just move the brush hurridly up and down her teeth. it didnot seem to her worth while brushing her teeth. she thought that instead of wasting her time at brushing her teeth,she should bite at one candy. the child poet says that she would have thrown awayall her sherbats if she  had known she was only paving the way to cavities and decay. she never knew that she would be subjected to filling, injections and drillings. if she had known this she would have given up.
since she ate too much of sweets, she had eventually to lie in the old dentist 's chair. while lying there she would keep looking up misirably at the nose of the dentist. while the dentist 's drill went whining into one of the child poet 's molars, the dentist would say. ' amalgam has to be filled in two of them '.

the child poet 's  mother had false teeth. sometimes she would put them in a glass of water on seeing bubbles coming up in the water, the child poet would laugh. but, now she realised the bitter fact. she has realised the bitter fact. she has ralised thatthose false teeth are, infact, calling her. in otherwords, the child poet has realised that very soon she too will have false teeth because, the natural one 's would have all decayed and gone. so, the child poet regrets that she should have looked after her teeth.

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3. On the basis of your reading of the poem, complete the following table. 
Stages in the life of the poet
(a) Youth
Activities
eating toffees
__________________
__________________
__________________
__________________
Consequences
_________________
_________________
_________________
_________________
(b) Adulthood
_____________________
_____________________
_____________________
gazing at the dentist in despair.


Answer
Stages in the life of the poet
(a) Youth
Activities
eating toffees

chewing sweet sticky food

picking and licking lollies and candies, eating large and small sherbet dabs.
__________________
Consequences
Paving way to cavities, caps and decay.
_________________
_________________
_________________
(b) Adulthood
Going to the dentist due to tooth decay, amalgamation, drilling and fillings.
gazing at the dentist in despair.

  
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4. On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions by ticking the correct choice.

(a) The title ‘Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth’ expresses ____________.
(i) regret
(ii) humour
(iii) longing
(iv) pleasure

Answer 
(i) regret

(b) The conscience of the speaker pricks her as she has ______________.
(i) been careless
(ii) been ignorant
(iii) been fun loving
(iv) been rude

Answer
(i) been careless

(c) The speaker says that she has paved the way for cavities and decay by _________.
(i) eating the wrong food and not brushing
(ii) not listening to his mother
(iii) laughing at his mother’s false teeth
(iv) not listening to the dentist

Answer 
(i)eating the wrong food and not brushing

(d) The tone of the narrator is one of ____________.
(i) joy
(ii) nostalgia
(iii) regret
(iv) sorrow
Answer 
(iii) regret

5. Answer the following questions.
(a) “…But up-and-down brushin’
And pokin’ and fussin’
Didn’t seem worth the time - I could bite!”
What do these lines convey?

Answer 
These lines shows that the poet not realise the importance of regular brushing and proper hygiene, when she was child. She did not care for her teeth daily. She thought it was useless and worthless to clean her teeth after eating anything.

(b) Why did the poet go to the dentist? How could she have avoided it?
Answer 
The poet went to the dentist to get her teeth examined. She had developed cavities in her teeth due to unhealthy eating habits and irregular brushing of teeth.
She could have avoided it if she had taken proper care of her teeth by brushing them properly and regularly.

(c) “If you got a tooth, you got a friend.” What do you understand from the line?
Answer 
A tooth is like a friend. As a lost friend can never be regained, a lost tooth can never grows again. It cannot be regained or made naturally.

(d) With reference to the poem, how can you look after your teeth?
Answer 
(i) Brushing proper twice a day.
(ii) Rinsing after each meal, avoiding sweet and sticky food for better oral hygiene.
(iii) Regular dental checkup to maintain healthy teeth.

(e) Given an appropriate proverb that conveys the message that this poem carries.
Answer 
Appropriate proverb that conveys the message that this poem carried is“Prevention is better than
cure."

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