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THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

occasion in the mouth on awakening in the morning. 

 

As to tooth powders or pastes to be used with the brush, the simplest 

are the best. Plain camphorated chalk, with or without a little finely 

powdered pumice stone or burnt hartshorn, is a popular and excellent 

tooth powder. It is capable of exerting sufficient friction under the 

brush to ensure pearly whiteness of the teeth without injuring the 

enamel, whilst the camphor in it tends to destroy the animalcula in 

the secretions of the mouth, whose skeletons or remains constitute, as 

we shall presently see, the incrassation popularly called "tartar." 

Recently-burnt charcoal, in very fine powder, is another excellent 

tooth powder, which, without injuring the enamel, is sufficiently 

gritty to clean the teeth and remove the tartar from them, and 

possesses the advantage of also removing the offensive odor arising 

from rotten teeth and from decomposing organic matter. The charcoal of 

the heavy hardwoods, as lignum-vitae, boxwood, oak, are the best; and 

these, as to quality, range in the order given. Still more valuable as 

a dentifrice is areca nut charcoal, which, besides possessing the 

properties of the other vegetable charcoals in an eminent degree, has 

valuable ones peculiar to itself. 

 

Some dentists, and some persons in imitation of them, in order to 

whiten the teeth, rub their surfaces with hydrochloric acid, somewhat 

dilute; but the practice is a most dangerous one, which, by a few 

repetitions, will sometimes utterly destroy the enamel and lead to the 

rapid decay of all the teeth so treated. Should the teeth be much 

discolored, and ordinary tooth powder prove ineffective, a little 

lemon juice used with the brush will generally render them perfectly 

white. It should only be employed occasionally, and the mouth should 

be well rinsed with water afterwards. A little of the pulp of an 

orange, used in the same way, is also very effective and safe, as are 

also ripe strawberries, which may be either rubbed on the teeth with 

the fingers or applied with the brush. The last form, perhaps, the 

very best natural dentifrice known. Besides possessing singular power 

in whitening and cleaning the teeth and rapidly removing tartar, they 

destroy the offensive odor of rotten teeth and impart an agreeable 

fragrance to the breath. 

 

The importance of a judicious attention to the teeth, in connection 

with health, cleanliness, and personal comfort and appearance, cannot 

be too often alluded to and enforced. 

 

It is no exaggeration to say that, taking the whole community, there 

are few, very few, who clean their teeth, or even wash their mouths, 

once a day. With the masses the operation, if performed at all, is 

confined to the Sabbath day, or to holidays; whilst refined, educated, 

and cleanly persons regard the operation of cleaning the teeth as a 

daily duty, as necessary as washing the face and hands. The dirty and 


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