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The poet was very stubborn and negligent of dental hygiene during childhood. She was too careless and never listened to the instructions of her mother. She was too tempted by candies, lollies, sherbets, and other sticky sweets. Her mother cautioned her time and again that a tooth is like a friend, and it should be looked after well. But the poet could not resist sweets. She tried to brush with up and down strokes, put a lot of toothpaste on her teeth, but the damage was already done. Decay had given way to cavities and eventually to drillings and fillings. Now during adulthood, the poet regrets but nothing can change the condition of her teeth. Painful injections and visits to the dentist have become her routine. The poet feels so miserable and guilty over how she used to mock at her mother's ugly and false teeth. Now her condition is no different.