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Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After My Teeth

October 2, 2013 | Featured

One of our lovely patients just brought this fantastic poem to my attention and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. It’s by Pam Ayres from 2012.

Before you enjoy the little ditty, have a look at the wonderful results we can achieve. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom as Pam suggests!

Oh, I wish I’d looked after my teeth,
And spotted the dangers beneath
All the toffees I chewed,
And the sweet sticky food.
Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth.

I wish I’d been that much more willin’
When I had more tooth there than fillin’
To give up gobstoppers,
From respect to me choppers,
And to buy something else with me shillin’

When I think of the lollies I licked
And the liquorice allsorts I picked,
Sherbet Dabs, big and little,
All that hard peanut brittle,
My conscience gets horribly pricked.

My mother, she told me no end,
“If you got a tooth, you got a friend”.
I was young then, and careless,
My toothbrush was hairless,
I never had much time to spend.

Oh I showed them the toothpaste all right,
I flashed it about late at night,
But up-and-down brushin’
And pokin’ and fussin’
Didn’t seem worth the time – I could bite!

If I’d known I was paving the way
To cavities, caps and decay,
The murder of fillin’s,
Injections and drillin’s,
I’d have thrown all me sherbet away.

So I lie in the old dentist’s chair,
And I gaze up his nose in despair,
And his drill it do whine
In these molars of mine.
“Two amalgam,” he’ll say, “for in there.”

How I laughed at my mother’s false teeth,
As they foamed in the waters beneath.
But now comes the reckonin’
It’s me they are beckonin’
Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth.