This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
Remove causes of irritation. In cases caused by difficult teething, more harm than good is done by lancing. Use soothing lotions when there is much irritation, as slippery-elm and flaxseed tea, and rinse the mouth often with cool water. Avoid all hot drinks. The disease will usually speedily disappear when the cause is removed. When obstinate in the chronic form, rinse the mouth morning and night with solution of carbonate of soda, a dram to the pint of soft water, or simple cool water. Cleanse the teeth and mouth thoroughly after each meal and before going to bed. If there is foul breath, use a weak solution of chlorinated soda as a gargle morning and night. For clamminess, chew a little piece of rhubarb just before retiring. It should be chewed some time, as its effects are wholly local