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Class 9 NCERT Solutions English Chapter P.6 - Oh, I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth

Oh, I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth Exercise 84

Solution 1

There may be two views to this question, either in favour or against the opinion mentioned. This answer depends on each student's views and imagination. Hence, it is recommended that the student attempts this on his/her own.


Oh, I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth Exercise 85

Solution 3

Stages in the life of the poet

 (a) Youth 





eating toffees 

chewing sweet sticky food 

eating gobstoppers

licking lollies, picking liquorice, sherbet dabs, eating brittle peanut butter.



Actions result in  cavities, caps and decay

(b) Adult hood 



Visiting the dentist for injections, drillings, amalgamations.

Gazing at the dentist in despair. Regretting not taking care of teeth.




Oh, I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth Exercise 86

Solution 4a

(i) regret

Solution 4b

(i) been careless

Solution 4c

(i) eating the wrong food and not brushing.

Solution 4d

(iii) regret

Solution 5a

The above lines tell us that the poet, like most other children, brushed her teeth as a routine but did not do it the way she was supposed to. She had a careless attitude towards her teeth. She did not realize the importance of caring for her teeth and brushing it in a particular manner (up and down) and taking time to floss out small particles embedded between her teeth. She felt caring for her teeth was a waste of time considering the amount of time she can actually spend eating her food. She  bite into candy rather than care for her teeth.


Solution 5b

The poet visited the dentist because she started developing problems with her teeth. She had developed cavities and her teeth were decaying. They needed to be drilled, treated and then capped.

She could have avoided visiting the dentist had she changed her diet and stopped eating so many sweets that are harmful to the teeth.

She should have also taken care of her dental hygiene and brushed her teeth daily in the proper manner and removed all tiny particles of food that were embedded between her teeth.





Solution 5c

The line "If you got a tooth, you got a friend" tells us that having good teeth is like having good friends as they help us in many ways.

Teeth help us to break up and chew our food so that we can digest it properly. Our entire body is able to function properly only when we digest our food properly. If we didn't chew our food and digest it, we would be sick. They also give us a radiant smile that can endear us to people.

However, we need to take good care of our teeth. Only then will they stay with us till our old age. Like friends, we must not take them for granted.  


Solution 5d

We can look after our teeth by eating the right types of foods. Although all children love sweets, they must be eaten in moderation especially the toffees and the sticky ones that can cause cavities and tooth decay.

We must brush our teeth daily-morning and night and if possible rinse our mouth after ever meal.

Brushing should be done in the correct way-up and down and sideways.

Use floss or the dry bristles of your toothbrush to take off bits and pieces of food stuck or embedded in the gums.

Visit the dentist regularly.


Oh, I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth Exercise 87

Solution 5e

Appropriate proverbs are :

  • Prevention is better than cure.


  • Too much of a good thing is sometimes bad. (With reference to eating too many sweets).


  • It is better to be safe than sorry.

Solution 6

1. sleep a wink

2. gives me the willies

3. crack the whip.

4. take the horse to the water.

5. to turn tail.

6. wonders will never cease.

7. past can't be undone.

8. reap what I had sown. 

Solution 7

This answer depends on each student's views and imagination.

A few guidelines:

'I can't afford to' could refer to

  • eating all kinds of sweets, toffees and other sticky sweets bad for teeth.

  • not taking care of your teeth.

  • not brushing your teeth regularly.

  • not maintaining dental hygiene.


Diary entry 

Begin with the date

Include the following points:

  • You have just returned from the dentist-and seen the condition of Jack's teeth.

  • Jack's teeth are similar to those described by the poet in the poem.

  • He has had a rough, painful time at the dentist all because he hasn't taken care of his teeth.

  • You heard the doctor advice him about his food and dental hygiene.

  • You don't want to get into a similar situation.


Solution 8

The poet realizes that all children are very fond of 'chewing gum' a type of sweet. She therefore deliberately misspells the word 'amalgam' and says 'amalgum' instead  to add humour to the poem and make it more enjoyable.





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