5 Ways to ease a toothache

Typically, toothaches have two main causes: when cavity damages the inside of the tooth and exposes a nerve ending before it is dead, and when fibers holding down your tooth at the socket become infected.

Other causes of toothaches are the growth of a wisdom tooth or decay or gum recession. It’s safe to say a toothache is one of the most uncomfortable and sometimes, one of the most painful feelings you will ever experience.

Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 ways to help you ease a toothache in the sometimes inevitable event of one.

You should know that though remedies exist to help ease a toothache, the best thing you can do is go see a dentist to fix the problem. The following remedies can only alleviate the pain, but the problem still remains without proper treatment.

1. Rinse Your Mouth with Warm Water

This isn’t guaranteed to give you instant relief, but it does help to clean your mouth and get rid of food bits stuck in your teeth that might be bothering the painful spot. If the water is too cold or hot, it can make the pain worse. So, be sure the temperature of the water is lukewarm.

2. Apply a Warm Tea Bag on the Area

The natural tannins in the tea can help numb the pain. Make sure the tea bag is warm, not hot, so it doesn’t hurt your teeth further. Try not to overdo its use because it can stain your teeth. This remedy is especially helpful for swelling or irritation of your gums.

3. Try a Peroxide Rinse

This can be very helpful in removing contaminants and helps to limit the growth of bacteria. It’s especially good for impacted teeth and infections in your mouth. You can use it for some relief, until you are able to see a dentist. But be sure not to use it more than three times in a day and more than five days in a roll. This is because it can make your teeth get very sensitive.

4. Rinse Your Mouth with Salt Water

This popular remedy for toothaches helps to kill bacteria and make your toothache feel better. It also helps to prevent your tooth from getting infected. To apply, you should mix 1 tablespoon of salt in a medium-sized glass of warm water. Swirl around your mouth for a maximum of five minutes and spit out of your mouth. Avoid swallowing the water in the process.

5. Garlic

Researchers believe since allicin, an oily liquid in garlic, has been used to heal diseased teeth in children, it can help ease a toothache. So you can either chew on a piece of garlic or place chopped bits on your tooth to help ease a toothache.

5 Interesting Benefits of Bank SMS Alert

There is no bank that doesn’t provide bank alert services to their customers.

There are lots of benefits to receiving mobile bank alerts. Jumia Travel, the online travel agency shares some of these benefits.

1. You know when deposits are posted

You go to the bank and pay in some money into your account, you expect that when such money is eventually paid into your account, it is expected that your bank sends you the alert. It may be delayed. But if it doesn’t arrive, you should probably contact your bank to find out why.

2. Prevents fraud and theft

If there is fraud or any irregular activities/changes in your bank account, you will get an alert especially when money is deducted from your account without your authorization. You can immediately take action before your account is emptied.

3. You are up-to-date on your account activities

With a bank alert, you can keep track of all you account activities. The deposits and withdrawals as well as other deductions your bank make. Also, it can also serve as proof that you actually sent or received a certain amount.

4. Get reminders

Another benefit of an SMS bank alert is that you will get reminders and other relevant information. For example, you get reminders about when your ATM card will expire. You will also get birthday wishes from your bank.

5. Keeps you sane

Alert keeps you sane particularly when you are expecting some emergency cash. This is because if you don’t get the alert you may become very worried and end up getting yourself unnecessarily worked up. The money may have hit your account but the alert is just been delayed by network issues. Just avoid checking your phone every second.

6 WAYS YOUR BANK ACCOUNT CAN BE HACKED

With current attempts by fraudsters to access people’s bank accounts through text messages, emails, phone calls etc., it is important we are armed with the knowledge of the different ways our bank accounts can be hacked by these fraudsters.

Jumia Travel reveals 6 ways your bank account can be hacked.

1. TRUSTING SUSPICIOUS EMAILS, TEXT MESSAGES AND PHONE CALLS

In 2015, Babatunde Fatai, a young man arrested by the Oyo State Police command for various internet crimes including hacking into bank accounts of people in and outside Nigeria, revealed that to hack into bank accounts he would either go to dating sites to woo men and women into trusting him with their account details, or he would send fake emails to bank customers asking them to change their accounts and bank security details. Fatai will then use their ‘old’ security details to access their accounts and transfer their money to his online lovers, for these lovers to transfer back to him through another means.

You should be alert to suspicious emails, especially those that come with promotions from banks giving links you should click. Check the email ID or address and compare with the bank’s official email to see if anything is off (that is, to see if it’s an unofficial or copycat account). Most importantly, always call your bank to confirm any suspicious email before you reply.

2. TRUSTING SUSPICIOUS TEXT MESSAGES AND PHONE CALLS

As you should be careful with emails, so should you also be careful with text messages and phone calls.

Text messages about your account being blocked because of your BVN and instructing you to call another number to activate; phone calls from strange numbers (numbers different from your bank’s customer care numbers) asking you to disclose your bank’s details especially when you did not previously log a complaint with your bank about any issue related to what is being asked of you, amongst many others, should all be confirmed before responding to them.

Use your bank’s helpline and if you can, go to a nearest bank branch to confirm. The cost of not confirming is most times far more than the cost of confirming. Don’t be quick to share sensitive bank details through any means, no matter how genuine it seems.

3. SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES

Some hackers get personal information such as your name, date of birth, email and phone number off your social media accounts. With this basic information, a sophisticated hacker can get past other options to change your pin and access your account.

If you use Internet Banking, it is advisable you edit your social media profiles, especially Facebook profiles. If you must leave your day and month of birth, delete your birth year, delete phone numbers you put there that are connected to your bank account and use ones that are not linked to your bank account. For your name, you don’t have to put your full name, especially the one your bank recognizes, on your profile. Your first and last name, or simply a username or nickname is fine.

4. UNENCRYPTED WEBSITES

According to the Telegraph, you should never shop or log in to online banking when the web address does not begin with “https” or without a lock sign displayed on the address bar.

For an added layer of security, check the online banking security options your bank provides such as free antivirus and browser security software. Ensure that your computer is protected by “firewall” software. Also, browsers (especially Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) often come with built-in security features. Make sure they are activated.

5. WEAK PASSWORDS

Especially for those who use Internet Banking, weak passwords make it easy for hackers to crack your passcode and access your account. Strong and unique passwords that are long, random and made up of different cases, numbers, letters and symbols are the best.

6. CHEQUE BOOKS AND ACCOUNT NUMBERS

Afam Nriezedi, along with his syndicate members, was arrested in 2015 by detectives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery squad of the Lagos State Police Command for hacking into Nigerian banks with the assistance of bankers and domestic servants.

To hack bank accounts, someone (a domestic servant or relative from the house of the victim) will bring a leaf from the cheque book of the victim to them. The leaf most times isn’t signed but contains the victim’s account number. With the account number, details of the victim’s name, phone number, email, house and work address including the victim’s account balance can be gotten, once they contact an insider in the bank they need the information from. Getting the insider usually isn’t easy but because it is a syndicate, it’s all about the effort and teamwork.

Their next step is to get a copy of the signature of the victim provided most times by the insider in the victim’s home. The cheque is taken to Mushin where the signature is forged and the amount they intend to steal is written. Most times, they don’t use e-banking to transfer the money but withdraw it upfront (usually using an amount that is possible to withdraw upfront). They never go the branch of their insider to do this.

It is important to be careful and restrict access to your cheque book. Also, don’t be careless with your account numbers and emails, phone numbers and addresses linked to your account number. From time to time, check your cheque book to confirm there is no missing page. Also monitor text messages and emails sent to you by your bank to be sure transactions you did not authorize have not occurred.

5 Signs That a Senior Should Stop Driving on Lagos Roads

Driving is an uphill task in Lagos. There is a quantum of things that that can frustrate your driving.

But you have to look out for some signs to decide if it is time for the senior to stop driving. Jumia Travel gathers some of the signs to you should look out for.

1. They always dent their car

If you receive reports almost weekly that your aged dad is always denting his car, you should take action before you get news of their involvement in a fatal accident. Perhaps, it is time to get them a driver.

2. They get lost in familiar locations

A senior has been driving this particular location for several years. But suddenly you receive a call that they do not yet return. Meanwhile, he has been driving around this familiar location for hours. If this is the case, you should just stop them from driving.

3. They don’t want to drive at night

For a fairly young driver, it is difficult to concentrate while driving at night let alone a senior. So, if they are reluctant to drive especially at night, it may be a signal that it is time to quit the wheels.

4. Their vision declines

Anyone with poor vision should not drive. Hence, the more you get older, the more your vision deteriorate. According to research, your vision declines significantly especially when you are 75 and above. So, don’t ignore vision complaints from a senior who drives.

5. They get confused by traffic lights

If a senior cannot recognize simple traffic lights, it is time them to stop driving. For example, if a traffic light says stop and they move; you should be very concerned.



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