Show me your 32 – Emeka Nwolisa

Show me your 32 – Emeka Nwolisa

As you read this … please can you open and show me  your 32 for inspection? Or have events of life reduced them to 32 – X where X can be any figure.

If my opening sentence sounds Greek, sorry  oh aiyam not yarning opata, aiyam only  talking about your teeth.

They are one of the most important parts of the human body but are also freely abused and not given much care. They start life beautifully shaped and pleasantly white but then gbege happens. Shape becomes funny and colour becomes anything between white and black. Alignment becomes like that of some badly eroded tyres of the old reliable Volkswagen 1600 CC.


Teeth have multiple functions in humans . They are used to tear, grind, and chew food as part of the first step in the digestion process. They aid in articulation and speech, give shape and beauty to the face and help in forming facial expressions.

Hmmmm, for some people  sha, the teeth are weapons of warfare.  They are aptly and ably deployed during fights. But leff that side though.

It hasn’t always been rosy for the teeth because in the 1900’s many people used to have all their teeth taken out when they were 21 years old. Often it was a sort of birthday present from their family. It was thought that having all their teeth out and wearing false teeth meant that people wouldn’t have any problems or pain from teeth again, ever! Some explorers did the same as there was unlikely to be a dentist in the wilds of wherever they were exploring.

Given how important the teeth are, they obviously need appropriate care. This care includes brushing twice a day and dental flossing. The first toothbrushes were small sticks or twigs mashed at one end to create a broader cleaning surface. The Chinese  are said to have invented the bristle toothbrush

 It is commonly believed that brushing hard will get your teeth cleaner.This is definitely not true. As strong as tooth enamel is, it can still be damaged by overly vigorous brushing or being brushed with a hard-bristled toothbrush.

The world’s oldest-known formula for toothpaste is  believed to have been  created by Egyptians in 4AD. They crushed rock salt, mint, dried iris flowers and pepper and mixed them together to create a cleaning powder. Although  this mixture was  known to create bleeding gums, it was found effective. Toothpaste as we know it emerged in the 1800s. Claude C. Hopkins, an American created the Pepsodent campaign in the early 1900’s and this was responsible for toothbrushing becoming a habit. In 1956, Proctor & Gamble introduced Crest brand toothpaste with fluoride and the rest is history.

Other ways to  prevent most problems with teeth and gums  include  regular dental examination, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks, avoiding smoking and chewing of tobacco and drinking water containing fluoride.

It was  Lagbaja’s who in his hugely popular tract ‘Feyin E” asked to be shown our 32. Abeg, before you do that be sure that their colour, shape and alignment will not cause visual kataka.

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