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cleaned after every meal, either with the brush, or a piece of
soft flannel; this will prevent the collection of tartar. Care
should also be taken, that all particles of food, that may have
lodged between the teeth, and are inaccessible to the brush, are
removed ; for this purpose toothpicks are found necessary ; these
should be made of wood, ivory, or the common goose-quill ; a
fine thread is at times convenient, it may be drawn backward and
forward between the teeth. Metallic toothpicks are highly objec-
tionable, and ought never to be used ; they injure the enamel.

The pernicious habit of children, in picking their teeth with
pins, needles, or penknives, should be peremptorily forbidden.

Sudden changes of temperature, produced by the introduction
of very hot or very cold substances into the mouth, crack the
enamel, and eventually produce decay. All articles of diet should,
therefore, be of a medium temperature when partaken of.

The temporary teeth should be removed as they become loose,
but not till then, unless they are crowded and irregular, or when
a permanent tooth makes its appearance before the temporary
ones are shed ; and, in such cases, the milk-tooth, though sound,
should be removed without delay. This is necessary, that the
first or temporary teeth may not interfere with the permanent
set, for these latter are to last the child its lifetime ; and it is,

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therefore, desirable that they should present a uniform and beau-
tiful appearance.

If, when the permanent teeth make their appearance, they are
irregular and crowded, in consequence of the jaw being narrow
and short, or from other causes, it may be necessary to remore
one or more of them, in order to give the remaining ones a chance
for free development, so that they will not present a pinched or
crowded, and therefore unsightly, appearance.

When it is necessary that a tooth should be extracted, do not
have it done by a botch. It requires just as much skill and
knowledge to extract a tooth welly that is, properly, as it does to
amputate a limb ; therefore be particular to select a well-educated,
competent dentist, a skilful operator ; and, for fear that you are
not aware of ihafact^ — for fact it is, — perhaps I had better in-
form you, that nine dentists out of every ten are entirely igno-
rant of the first principles of dentistry. It is with dentists, as it
is with most other men, — the less they know, the more preten-
tions they make ; many a one who does not know a bicuspid from a
molar, hangs out his sign Of ^^ Surgeon Dentist," with a presump-
tion only equalled by that of quack doctors.

The teeth of children, and no less those of adults, too, should
be frequently examined, and wherever the enamel has become
broken, and the body of the tooth commenced decaying, it should
be inunediately filled or plugged with gold foU ; this, in many
instances, will arrest the further decay. Never allow your chil-
dren's teeth to be filled with an amalgam of any description ;
most of them contain mercury, and all are injurious, not only to
the teeth, but to the general health. If you do not think it ad-
visable to fill the milk or temporary teeth with gold, rather let
them go unfilled than have recourse to any of the pastes or cheap
patent fillings. Keep the cavities clean, and filled with white wax ;
it is far preferable to any amalgam, and has the advantage of
being innoxious.

The practice of cracking nuts with the teeth, of lifting heavy
bodies, of biting threads, etc., is injurious, because it cracks the
enamel ; and where the enamel is cracked, and the body of the
tooth exposed, decay is sure to commence.


Definition. — Causes. — This troublesome afiection, over which
children shed so many tears, and adults sigh for want of sympa-

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thy, may arise from many causes ; some are hereditarily predis-
posed to it, while others sufiFer from every exposure ; again, it may
arise from disturbances going on elsewhere in the system, or it
may be purely nervous. It is often rheumatic ; often arises from
carious teeth ; also from abuse of coflFee or of calomel. Many
are its causes, and as numerous are its forms ; it may be confined
to one tooth, or it may extend to many ; one side of the face,
both, or even the whole head may be affected. The pain njay be
of any, and of all forms imaginable, from a dull, heavy ache to a
sharp, shooting pain.

Tbeatment. — Do not allow yourself to be too easily persuaded
into the belief that, because a tooth aches, it necessarily ought to
be extracted, for toothache, in its severest forms, is often cured
with homoeopathic remedies. It is not advisable to extract teeth
when you can save them, and this can generally be done, imless
they are ulcerated at the roots ; in which case, extraction affords
the only reliable and prompt relief. Here, again, let me caution
you in the selection of a dentist. Do not run to the first " tooth-
puller," for no other reason than because he is near at hand.
Choose your dentist as you should your minister and physician,
when in health, and then, when trouble comes, you will know
where to seek relief.

Many of the domestic remedies for toothache are objectionable ;
creosote, laudanum, clove-tincture, and the like, afford but tempo-
rary relief at best ; the pain soon returns with redoubled violence ;
besides, the majority of them are injurious to the general health,
as well as to the teeth themselves. It is better, far better to obtain
permanent relief from some remedial agent that will remove the
diseased condition, of which the toothache is the resvM.

The principal remedies for toothache are, — Aconitum, Arnica^
Antimoniunhcrud., Arsenicum, Belladonna, Bryonia, ChamomiUa,
Kreosote, Mercurius, Niiayoomica, Pulsatilla, and Sulphur.

Aconitum. — When there is feverishness, with great anxiety and
restlessness ; violent throbbing or beating pain ; rheumatic pain in
the face and teeth ; congestion of the head ; heat, redness, and
swelling of the face ; toothache, occasioned by cold. When the
relief afforded is but transient, follow it with Belladonna or Cliawr

Arnica. — When the pain is the result of mechanical injuries,
as from extraction or plugging. Children often fall and injure the
teeth, at the same time bruise and cut the lips or cheeks ; in such


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cases Arnica may be used as a lotion, as well as taken internally ;
when used as a lotion, one part of Arnica tincture should be mixed
with five or six parts of water ; a linen cloth dipped in this mix-
ture may be laid upon the injured part, and renewed every three
or four hours, according to the extent and severity of the injury.
When the injury is on the interior of the lips, or the teeth alone
are affected, the mouth should be rinsed or gargled out with a
similar mixture.

AntinKmium-crud. — For pain in hollow and decayed teeth.

Arsenicum is useful when everything cold aggravates the pain.

Belladonna. — When there is a sensation of ulceration at the
roots of the teeth ; drawing pain in the face and teeth, extending
to the ears, aggravated in the evening on getting warm in bed, or
on applying anything hot ; heat and throbbing in the gums.

Bryonia. — Drawing, jerking toothache, with a sensation as
though the teeth were loose and elongated, especially during and
after eating; pain in decayed teeth; toothache caused by wet
weather, or accompanying rheumatic affections; pains relieved
momentarily by cold water held in the mouth. Bryonia is ser-
viceable for pains through the face generally ; for pains which
shoot from one tooth into another.

Chamomilla. — Violent, boring, and throbbing pain, extending
through the jaws to tlie ears, also into the temples and eyes ; the
child is cross and feverish; complains of pain in all the teeth;
cannot tell which aches the most ; worse at night, when the patient
is warm in bed ; also after eating anything warm ; swelling and
redness of the cheeks. Chanwmilla is serviceable for toothache
before menstruation.

Ereosotum. — For pain in decayed teeth, with swelling and con-
gestion of the gums.

Mercurtus. — For pains in hollow teeth ; tearing pain through
the roots of the teeth ; shooting pain, passing over through the
sides of the face, extending to the ears, especially at night, aggra-
vated by cold food or drink ; swelling and inflammation of the

Nux-moschata. — Especially for pregnant women ; also sometimes
for children, when the pain arises from taking cold.

Niuxyvomiea. — Toothache arising from cold, with throbbing,
boring, or gnawing pain throughout the teeth and gums, aggra-
vated by eating, or exposure to the open air; tearing pain on one
side ; rheumatic pains deep down in the nerve of the tooth, with

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pain as though the tooth were being wrenched out. May be given
in alternation with Mercurvu%.

Pulsatilla. — Is most suitable for young girls, or children of a
mild or timid disposition ; shooting pain, tliat extends to the ear
of the afiFected side ; jerking pain, as though the nerve were tight-
ened, and then suddenly relaxed, particularly of the left side ; the
pain increased by warmth and rest, better when walking about, es-
pecially in the open air ; toothache accompanied by earache and

Sulphur. — Tearing and pulsative pain, particularly in carious
or decayed teeth, extending to the upper jaw and into the ear ;
pain worse at night, when warm in bed ; swelling of the gums,
attended with shooting pain. Suits well after Mercurius.


Ibo^iachetn Children. — Aconite, Bella., Cham., Cofiea, Pu^t.,

" " Females. — Aeon., Bell., Cham., Chin., CofiF., Hyos.,

Puis., Nux-m.
" during Nursing. — Aeon., Bell., Chin., Nux-vom.
" " Menstruation. — Calc, Cham., Puis., Bry., Lach.
" " Pregnancy. — Bell., Bry., Nux-v., Pids., Staph., Rhus.
" from CcUomel. — Carb.-v., Hepar., Puis., Sulph., Lach.
" " Taking Cold. — Aeon., Bell., Bryo., Dulc, Hyos.,

Merc, Nux.-vom., Rhus., Phos., Puis.
" with Swelled Face. — Cham., Merc, Nux-v., Puis., Bryon.
" " Swelled Chims. — Aeon., Bell., Merc, Nux-v., Sulph.
" " Swelled Glands. — Merc, Bell., Nux-v.
" " Faceache. — Merc, Aeon., Bell., Bryo., Cham.
" " Earache. — Cham., Merc, Puis., Calc, Sulph.
** " Headache. — Bell., Glon., Nux.-v., Lach., Puis.
" of a Nervous Nature. — Aeon., Bell., Coff., Ignat., Hyos.,

Cham., Nux-v., Spig.
" " Hhetimatic Nature. — Cham., Merc, Bryo., Bell.,

Sulph., Puis., Rhus.
" " Congestive Nature. — Aeon. , Bell. , Cham. , Puis. , Chin.
" " Eysterical Nature. — Ignat., Cham., Hyos., Sep., Bell.
" on the Left Side. — Aeon., Cham., Nux-m., Phos., Sulph.
" " Bight Side. — Bell., Bry., Staph.
" in the Upper Jaw. — Bell., Calc, Bry.
« " Lower Jaw. — Caust., Nux., Staph., Sulph.

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Administration. — After having made a careful selection, dis-
solve, of the chosen remedy, twelve globules in twelve teaspoon-
fuls of water ; of this solution, give one teaspoonful for a dose.
Repeat the doses from fifteen minutes to an hour or two hours
apart, according to the severity of the pain. When a remedy
given has afforded some relief, do not change it for another until
it has had time to show its full effect.


Definition. — This common disorder has several appellatiojiB :
quinsy, angina faucium, cynanchia tonsillaris, amygdaJitis, tonsil-
itis, and laryngitis. These are but a few, and most of them are
quite expressive to the professional reader, denoting the predse
nature and locality of the difficulty. However, the treatment,
ignoring names, and being governed entirely by the symptoms
present, all may be summed up and described under the more
common name of sore throat. The disease consists in an inflam-
mation of the back part of the throat, including the palate and
tonsils. It appears in different degrees of intensity, from the
slightest irritation, causing but moderate inconvenience, and last-
ing but a short time, to the highest degree of inflammation, ending
in suppuration, or the formation of abscesses in the tonsils or ad-
jacent parts.

Causes. — The exciting cause is not always easily ascertained ;
but, in the vast majority of cases, I believe that exposure to cold
produces the attacks : we continually meet with them in the cold
months of the year, and during cold, damp weather.

This disorder is not strictly limited to any particular age; the
prattling babe, the boy at school, the young lady in her teens, and
manhood in its prime are alike subject to its invasions.

Symptoms. — Ordinary quinsy, of moderate severity, generally
begins with restlessness, irritability, fever, sometimes a slight cough,
and more or less soreness in the throat, especially when swallowing;
the older children complain of this pain and refuse all diet except
drinks and soft food, while the infant betrays it by refusing to
nurse, and wincing its face whenever swallowing is attempted.

At first, there is but a slight sense of constriction and soreness ;
or, at times, a pricking sensation in the throat, which becomes de-
cidedly manifest when an attempt is made to swallow. This sore-
ness increases as the disease progresses. The constitutional symp-

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tomsy in mild cases, are not often decidedly marked ; the face is
generally flushed ; fever moderate, and respiration somewhat accel-
erated; the voice is thick, and at times speaking is difficult or
painful. Young children are often drowsy, but seldom sleep quietly
on account of the fever and irritability, which produces a restless,
uneasy disposition. Pain is not invariably present, especially in
young children ; and when there is a sudden rise of fever, with rapid
respiration, slight dry cough, and more or less pain, this affection
may bo mistake for inflammation of the lungs'; but upon placing
your ear to the chest, you will readily mark the difference in the
two diseases by the entire absence of all physical signs of pneu-
monia. Should any doubts remain as to the true nature of the
disease, a thorough examination of the throat will soon decide it.

To examine the parts well, the head should be thrown back, the
mouth widely opened, and the root of the tongue depressed with
the handle of a spoon ; by this means the whole interior of the
throat will be brought into view.

Severer forms of this disease than that above described are not
of unfrequent occurrence ; not, however, in children under ten or
twelve years of age, unless it be malignant or putrid sore throat
in connection with scarlet fever ; but of that we shall speak here-

Ordinary sore throat, in its severer forms, is quite a serious
affair, and is at times ushered in with vomiting, fever, and great
nervousness; there is considerable thirst; the pulse is high, strong,
and frequent ; the cheeks are swollen ; the glands about the neck
are enlarged and painful ; swallowing is difficult, sometimes almost
impossible; the inflammation is extensive, frequently ending in
suppuration, or in the formation of abscesses in the tonsils or adja-
cent parts. The tonsils are enlarged, sometimes enormously
swollen, presenting serious obstruction to respiration. When the
tonsils gather, relief may not be looked for until the abscess bursts.

This disease is not regarded as dangerous, and seldom amounts
to but a trifling inconvenience if taken in season and properly

Treatment. — The following are some of the principal remedies
for sore throat. Aconitumj Belladonnay Bryonia^ Chamomilla^ Me-
par-sidpk.j Ignatia] LacJ^esia, MercuriuSy Nvayvomica^ PuUatilla^
BhuSy Sulphur.

Aconitum and Belladonna are generally the most appropriate
remedies to commence the treatment with, and, in the majority

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of cases, will effect a cure without other aid ; particularly when
the following symptoms are present : yiolent feyer ; pulse full and
bounding ; great thirst and restlessness ; deep redness of the parts
affected ; constant desire to swallow ; swallowing produces spasms
of the throat, which forces the liquids partaken of out through
the nose ; burning and pricking sensation, with dryness of the
throat; pains shooting into the tonsils, and up into the ears;
swelling of the outside of the throat ; profuse saUyation ; red and
swollen face ; skin hot and dry ; pain in the forehead.

During the preyalence of scarlet feyer, Belladatma should comr
mence the treatment of almost eyery yariety of sore throat.

Bryonia. — Especially after taking cold, or after getting oyer-
heated; hoarseness; oppressed respiration; pricking and painful
sensibility of the throat ; pain on turning the head ; diyness of
the throat, with difficulty of speech ; swallowing painful ; some
feyer, either with or without thirst ; chilliness ; pain in the limbs,
back, and head. In alternation with BJms^ or Jlhi^ may follow
Bryonia when that remedy fails to afford complete relief.

Chamomilla. — Especially where sore throat has been induced
by taking cold from exposure to a draught of air, while in a state
of perspiration ; swelling of the tonsils ; tingling in the throat ;
hacking cough ; hoarseness ; feyer in the eyening, with flushes of
heat; flushed cheek, or one cheek flushed and the other pale; the
child is cross and restless, wishes to be carried in the arms, and
wants things which, upon obtaining, it throws away.

Separ-Bvlph. — In cases where the abscess in the tonsils is
determined to break, this remedy will hasten the process ; it pro-
motes suppuration. It may also be giyen when there are seyend
small ulcers, which appear slowly and are not painful. In the
beginning of the disease, when there are lancinating pains in the
throat, may be giyen in alternation with MercuriuB.

Lachesis. — This will be found a useful remedy where BeUa -
donna or Mercuritts has been used without effect; also, when
there is a constant disposition to swallow ; dryness of the throat ;
extensiye swelling of the tonsils with threatened suffocation; a
sensation as of a tumor or a lump in the throat; sensitiyeness to
the slightest noise or touch, eyen to a handkerchief or the bed-
clothes about the neck. All the symptoms are worse during the

Mercuritts. — Tliis is a yaluable remedy and may often be giyen
at the commencement of an attack, especially when sore throat

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arises from taking cold, accompanied with rheumatic pains in the
head and nape of the neck; violent throbbing in the throat and
tonsils, extending to the ears and glands of the neck, especially
when swallowing ; disagreeable taste in the mouth ; profuse dis-
charge of saliva; chills in the evening, or beat followed by
perspiration; swelling and inflammation of the parts affected;
ulcers, and tendency to suppuration in the throat. Mermriu^
may, at the commencement of an attack, be given in alternation
with Belladonna ; if, however, there are strong symptoms of sup-
puration, it should be alternated with Heparsulph.^ and should be
continued sometime after the abscess has broken.

Nuso-vamica. — In cases similar to those mentioned under Cham-
omilla ; also, when there is soreness, with a feeling of excoriation
or as if the throat had been scraped, and when tliere is a sensa-
tion as if there was a plug in the throat.

Pulsatilla. — For females or persons of a mild character ;
throat feels swollen inside; tonsils and palate have a dark-red
appearance ; shooting pain in the throat towards the ear when
swallowing; scraping sensation in the throat; chilliness in the
evening, followed by heat.

BhtM. — For symptoms similar to those of Bryonia.

Sulphur. — For frequent or continued sore throat, especially in
vitiated constitutions. Sulphur is a valuable remedy to hurry
forward the suppuration process, when an abscess seems certain
to burst ; also, after the discharge of an abscess, when the cavity
is slow in healing, or when many abscesses form in succession. It
may be given in alternation with Silicea.

Administration op Remedies. — For ordinary cases dissolve, of
the selected remedy, twelve globules in twelve teaspoonfuls of
water, and of this solution one teaspoonful may be given every
two or three hours, until relief is obtained. In severe cases, where
swallowing is difficult and very painful, three globules may be
given, dry, upon the tongue, every two hours, or even oftener,
every hour, imtil a change takes place. In all cases, lengthening
the interval between the doses, as the severity of the symptoms

Diet and Regimen. — The diet will have to be regulated accord-
ing to the degree of inflammation. If the inflammation is exten-
sive, the throat much swollen, and swallowing difficult, of course
solid food cannot be taken. Custards, panadas, gruels, light soups,
and the like, are about all that can be swallowed with any

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degree of comfort, and even these at times produce great pain ;
iu fact, the mere act of swallowing is almost impossible.

In no disease perhaps is the beneficial effect of cold water more
marked than in sore throat. When gouig to bed at night put a
wet bandage around the throat, and cover it with a dry cloth. If
the patient is confined to the house, repeat the same through the
day. Tlie application of water should be made at the commence-
ment of the attack ; if, however, the disease continues in spite of
the treatment, and suppuration is about to take place, which may
be suspected when there is a pulsating or throbbing sensation at^
tended with stitches in the parts affected, the suffering may be
relieved, and the bursting of the abscess hastened by the repeated
external application of warm linseed poultices, and gargling the
throat with warm water. When much pain is present the inhala-
tion of vapor from boiling water will often afford great relief.

All medicinal gargles are injurious, and all external applications
of blisters, leeches, mustard drafts, etc., are worse than useless.

A predisposition to sore throat exists in some persons. Sulphur ,
Graphites J and Silicea have been found useful in overcoming this
constitutional difficulty. When taken for this purpose, a dose
every second or third night, until six doses are taken ; then dis-
continue the medicine for one week ; after which, take it again,
as above.


Definition. — Causes. — Malignant sore tliroat constitutes a
part of that terrible scourge, malignant scarlet fever. It also forms
an independent disease, generally occurring in damp autumnal
seasons, attacking children of vitiated, impoverished, or delicate
constitutions, weakened by some previous disease. It is also more
apt to attack children living in low, damp, cold, mouldy, or ill-
ventilated houses, and in want of warm clothing and healthy food.
Epidemic sore throat, under these circumstances, readily assumes
a malignant type.

This species of sore throat, however, is by no means exclusively
confmed to the class above described ; but, as I have already stated,
they are most liable to it. Still, those living in the very lap of
luxury, where want never enters, are not exempt from its invasions.
It is an exceedingly dangerous disease, wherever and whenever it
appears ; therefore the treatment should be prompt and energetic,


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and should never be attempted by domestic practice, unless it be
impossible to obtain the services of a homoeopathic physician.

Symptoms. — This disorder commences with a chill, not always,
however, distinctly marked ; sometimes, indeed, amounting to but
a slight shivering, followed by fever and languor ; oppression at the
chest, with or without vomiting ; cheeks of a crimson hue ; more
or less inflammation of the throat and tonsils, with an acrid dis-
charge from the mouth and nose, excoriating the parts with which
it comes in contact. Pulse, weak and very quick, almost imper-
ceptible ; throat, and glands about the throat, much swollen ; face
bloated ; patient very restless.

Upon examination of the throat, you will perceive numerous
small ulcers, covered with an ashy-gi-ay crust, while the surround-

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