Care of the teeth (1904)

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Care of the teeth

To lose the teeth by accident or from uncontrollable natural causes is a misfortune, but to neglect sound or filled teeth is inexcusable. Health as well as good appearance depends so greatly upon sound teeth that it is strange one has the courage to neglect them even for a day.

It is true artificial teeth are readily obtainable and so cunningly fashioned as to almost defy detection, but the real article is surely to be preferred. No matter how plain a face may be, it is redeemed by well-cared-for teeth, while a beautiful face loses its charm if the opened lips disclose poor or uncared-for teeth.

While nature does not treat us all alike in the matter of good teeth, we can preserve such as we have with the. aid of powder, brush and dental floss, with the occasional assistance of the skilled dentist.

A good brush is essential, one having moderately soft bristles being best. Stiff brushes ruin the teeth, loosen the filling and irritate the gums. Brush the teeth upon rising in the morning and before retiring and promptly re move all traces of add as well as sweets by rinsing the mouth with lukewarm water soon after eating such things. Pure lemon juice or any acid which sets the teeth on edge should be avoided.

Do not pick the teeth. It is an unpleasant habit, to say the least, and may loosen the teeth. Remove any collections between the teeth with a piece of dental fioss, slipped up and down without irritating the gums. For sensitive gums, rinse the mouth several times daily with a good antiseptic. Listerine is excellent, using one teaspoonful to a glass of water.

A dainty, inexpensive tooth powder is made by mixing four ounces of precipitated chalk with one ounce each of pulverized orris root, borax and powdered myrrh. Sift through a piece of fine cheesecloth or lawn and bottle.

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Top image for Rubiform Tooth Powder from Etude Magazine, March 1906; courtesy

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