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The breath should be watched, lest it become offensive. Unfortunately, it is one of the troubles which we may not be aware of, as our friends may not feel at liberty to inform us of the difficulty.
Unquestionably the best remedy for bad breath is a system of diet and treatment that shall remove the cause. As a temporary expedient, when offensiveness arises from a peculiar food or drink which has been partaken of, a few grains of coffee, or cassia buds, cloves, cardamom seeds or allspice, may be used; although if the breath is very strong these will not always prove effective. It is better to remove the cause.
The following remedies for offensive breath are commended by those who have had experience in testing the matter:
Powdered sugar, 1/2 ounce; vanilla, 1/2 ounce; powdered charcoal, 1/2 ounce; powdered coffee, 1 1/2 ounces; gum arabic, 1/2 ounce. Make into pellets of 18 grains each, and take six a day. Bad breath will disappear.
Disagreeable breath arising from decay or secretions about the teeth may be removed by the following:
Rose-water, ] ounce, and permanganate of potash, 1 grain. Rinse the mouth every three hours.
To remove catarrh, the following is highly commended:
In pint of water put two tablespoonfuls of common fine table salt. Heat the water in a tin cup. With the aid of a nasal douche, obtained at the drugstore, or even without that, snuff about a teaspoonful of the brine up each nostril, requiring it to pass into, the mouth. Use twice a day - morning and night.
For offensive breath arising from foul stomach, the following is recommended:
To a wine-glass of water add 3 grains of chloride of lime. Take a table-spoonful three times a day, before the meal, and eat of simple food which is easily digested.
Another remedy for foul breath is powdered charcoal, half a tea-spoonful, spread on a piece of bread, and eaten once a day for two or three days. Another is a drink of pure water, taken twice a day, containing each time 20 grains of bisulphate of soda. The taste is made pleasant by a few drops of peppermint essence.
The following is recommended as beneficial for the teeth, and effective in removing the acidity of the stomach:
Take of gum arabic 5 drachms; vanilla sugar, 3 drachms; chlorate of lime, 7 drachms, and mix with water to a stiff paste. Roll and cut into the ordinary sized lozenge, and eat six each day.