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Got yellow teeth? effective natural ways to whiten teeth

Srinagar, Jan 03: Nobody likes to look at yellow, tainted teeth. Having a pair of brighter, whiter teeth not only makes you look good but gives you the confidence to smile more. But not everyone is blessed with pearly whites. Also, not everyone has zillions of dollars and a lot of time to get professional treatments.

So, what can you do to get a megawatt smile? Well, some home remedies can help. But first, let’s take a look at what causes the problem.


What Causes Yellow Teeth?


Tooth discolouration happens when the colour of your teeth change and don’t look as bright as it should. It can be due to a multitude of reasons, including food choices, poor dental hygiene, smoking, ageing, genetics, environment, and certain medication. Some diseases and treatments can also affect the enamel, which is the outermost layer of your teeth.


Home Remedies To Get White Teeth


If you are suffering from the same problem, here are some home remedies to help you get of yellow teeth.


Oil Pulling


Oil pulling using coconut oil offers many dental health benefits. It helps reduce plaque formation and alleviate the risk of gingivitis, which leads to whitening of teeth.


How to use: Swish a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil in your mouth for about 10 minutes. Do not swallow the oil. Spit it out and rinse your mouth using normal water. Drink a glass of water over it and brush your teeth. You can do this daily for effective results.


Baking Soda


Baking soda contains natural whitening properties that can help you get rid of those pearly whites. This is the main reason why this ingredient is used in many kinds of toothpastes. It is a mild abrasive that helps get rid of the stains.


How to use: Take a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Brush your teeth using the mixture for a couple of minutes. Rinse your mouth after doing this. Doing this once or twice every day can help you get rid of yellow teeth.


Apple Cider Vinegar


ACV is one ingredient that can provide benefits to many parts of your body, including your teeth. It exhibits bleaching properties that can help get rid of the stains and whiten your teeth.


How to use: Take one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and mix it in a cup of water. Use the mixture as a mouth rinse for a minute and rinse your mouth with plain water. Do this once daily before brushing your teeth.


Fruit Peels


Some studies have shown that peels of banana, orange and lemon contain citric acid, which can help to whiten your teeth. It also contains antibacterial properties that can help reduce the growth of bacteria in the mouth.


How to use: Take a banana, orange or lemon peel and scrub your teeth with it. Leave it for a minute or two before brushing your teeth. Rinse your mouth with plain water. Do this once daily to see results.


Activated Charcoal


It is believed that activated charcoal can help remove stains, get rid of the bacteria and toxins in the mouth.


How to use: Put some powdered activated charcoal on a toothbrush and gently brush your teeth using small circles for two minutes. Rinse your mouth with water. Be careful around your gums as activated charcoal can be abrasive.


Note: Make sure you consult a professional medical practitioner before using any of the remedies mentioned in the article.

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COVID19 vaccines effective enough, no need for third booster jab: Lancet

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(Asian News Hub) – Vaccines are effective enough at preventing severe cases of Covid-19 that there is no current need for the general population to be given third doses, according to a report in The Lancet published Monday.

Some countries have started offering extra doses over fears about the much more contagious Delta variant, causing the World Health Organization to call for a moratorium on third jabs amid concerns about vaccine supplies to poorer nations, where millions have yet to receive their first jab.

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The new report by scientists, including from the WHO, concluded that even with the threat of Delta, “booster doses for the general population are not appropriate at this stage in the pandemic”.

The authors, who reviewed observational studies and clinical trials, found that vaccines remain highly effective against severe symptoms of Covid-19, across all the main virus variants including Delta, although they had lower success in preventing asymptomatic cases of the disease.

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“Taken as a whole, the currently available studies do not provide credible evidence of substantially declining protection against severe disease, which is the primary goal of vaccination,” said lead author Ana-Maria Henao-Restrepo, of the WHO.

She said vaccine doses should be prioritised to people around the world still waiting for a jab.

“If vaccines are deployed where they would do the most good, they could hasten the end of the pandemic by inhibiting further evolution of variants,” she added.

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COVID-19: Samba becomes first district to complete vaccination for all above 18 years

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Instead of waiting for people to come, we reached out to them: DC Samba; LG congratulates for achieving milestone

(Asian News Hub) – Amid the ongoing Covid vaccination drive in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, Samba has become the first district in giving the first dose of Covid vaccine to all above 18 years of age.

A top health official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that there are around 241,000 persons in the district in between 18-44 age group and all of them have already got their first dose of Covid vaccine.

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He said that around 78,000 (33 percent) people have also got second dose of Covid vaccine and the process of vaccinating more and more people is going on. “It was possible only due to the efforts of health workers and front line workers who have worked tirelessly to achieve this milestone,” the official said.

District Magistrate Samba Anuradha Gupta said that since the beginning Samba district started the vaccination process strategically and Samba was among first few districts which completed vaccination process of all above 45 years of age.

“Instead of waiting for people to come to us, we went to them. We had constituted mobile teams to reach everyone. We were vaccinating above 45 age group the positivity and mortality rate started declining and people understood the importance of vaccination,” Gupta said.

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She said that then people above 18 years came on their own without need of any mobilisation and “our efforts are on complete second dose process at an earliest.”

Meanwhile LG Manoj Sinha has congratulated the Covid management team of Samba and health care workers for their tireless efforts in completing 100 percent vaccination of above 18 years of age. He hoped that other districts will catch up soon and complete this process as well.

“Congratulations to Covid mgmt team of Samba & health care workers for their tireless effort to ensure 100% vaccination of above 18 yrs of age.Samba becomes first distt. of J&K to achieve this milestone & I am sure other districts will catch up soon,” Office of LG tweeted.

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DAK urges flu vaccination for children ahead of third Covid wave

(Asian News Hub) – Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday urged parents to get their children vaccinated against flu ahead of third Covid wave which is predicted to happen sometime in the fall of this year and is expected to affect kids the most.

“Receiving a flu shot could make it easier to tell if your child has Covid-19 in the event he/she gets sick as both illnesses have similar symptoms,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

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“This year’s flu season will likely coincide with the predicted third Covid wave. Administering flu vaccine would reduce the number of unnecessary Covid-19 tests that would limit the burden on hospitals and healthcare workers,” he added.

Quoting a recent study conducted at the University of Missouri School of Medicine Columbia, Dr Hassan said flu vaccination may offer some protection against Covid-19 in the pediatric population.

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“The study found that those Covid-19 positive patients who had been administered the flu vaccine in the 2020 flu season had reduced odds of experiencing symptoms, respiratory complications and severe disease,” he said.

The DAK President said we would be facing a double whammy of flu and Covid this fall.

​ “You can catch the flu and Covid at the same time which could increase your risk of ending up in ICU or on a ventilator. That makes this season’s flu vaccine vitally important,” he said.

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“Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine before the start of flu season which begins in October and can last late into May. Since it takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to become fully effective, it is best to get the vaccine in September,” said Dr Nisar.

“This season’s flu vaccine has been updated to better match currently circulating viruses. This year a quadrivalent influenza vaccine containing H1N1, H3N2 and two B viruses – Victoria and Yamagata is recommended,” he said.

“While the vaccine is recommended for all, it is especially needed in young children, elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions.

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Vaccination to expectant mothers is critically important to protect their new born babies’ upto 6 months who are too young to receive the vaccine,” he added.

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