Toothache: Get Relief From 11 Home Remedies


The agony of a toothache can never be forgotten by anyone who has suffered from it. In this case, as in many others, prevention is better than cure.

Causes and Symptoms For Toothache

Tooth decay due to bad oro-dental hygiene or excessive intake of junk food, candy, soft aerated drinks, cakes and pastries, etc, will lead to the erosion of the enamel of the teeth, and this ultimately results in a toothache. A toothache can be mild, only occurring when eating something hot or cold, or it can be sharp, shooting, throbbing­this depends on the extent to which the nerve is exposed and is being irritated

Natural Home Remedies to Cure the Toothache

1. Clove Oil

Clove Oil

Clove oil is specific for this problem. One may not have clove oil at home. In that case, powder some cloves very fine and make a strong decoction (literally a concentrate). Soak a cotton wool swab in this, place it on the hurting tooth, and very gently clamp your jaws tight. The medicament will reach the injured surface and soothe the pain.

2. Banyan Tree

Take a spoonful of banyan-tree (stem) sap. Mix it with honey, apply on the gums and leave it for 2-3 minutes. Then gargle. Do this twice a day.

3. Onion

Onion Juice

A spoonful of fresh onion juice, made from spring onions, old white onions, or onion flowers, is beneficial. However, a mixture made from fresh onions and onion flowers has more medicinal value. The fresh onions and the extract from the flowers are rich in sulphur compoupds which are bactericidal. Dip a swab of cottonwool in the fresh juice, and then’ plug the ‘complaining’ tooth with it. It is a little pungent and smelly, but will disinfect the inflamed tooth. Gargle with warm water.This will helps to get rid of toothache.

4. Cashew

For those who have access to cashew trees. Chew 1-2 cashew leaves and let the juice remain in the mouth for 2-3 minutes. Then spit it out and gargle with plain water. This relieves toothache, but does not cure the cause of the toothache.

5. Cloves


Crush 2-3 cloves and fry them in a spoonful of coconut oil. Remove them before they are burnt. Powder and apply them on the tooth. This will helps to get rid of toothache.

6. Asafoetida

Boil half a teaspoon or a small piece of asafoetida in a cupful of water and gargle with it 2-3 times a day. Remove the piece, which will have softened, and place it in the cavity of the inflamed tooth. Keep it there for as long as you comfortably can, then remove it by gargling with warm water. This will helps to get rid of toothache.

7. Herbal Tea

mint tea

Herbal tea made from fresh mango flowers acts as an astringent, soothes inflammation and relieves pain. Use as a mouthwash, but do not drink it as a tea.

8. Mango Leaves

A tooth powder made of burnt mango leaves is beneficial in relieving toothache.

9. Nutmeg


Grate and powder nutmeg fine. Add one-fourth of a teaspoon of this powder to a teaspoon of warm mustard, sesame or, coconut oil. Soak a cottonwool swab in this and place it on the hurting tooth. Keep it for a while and then remove it. Gargle with warm water. Nutmeg has a narcotic action, therefore this should be done only once a day for 1 to 2 days. Consult a dentist if there is no relief. Overdosage is dangerous as individual reactions vary and may lead to toxic effects-hall ucination, restlessness, convulsions, etc.

10. Cardamom Seeds


Powder fine green cardamom seeds, dried ginger and liquorice separately. Take a pinch of each, and make a paste with a few drops of honey. Apply it on the surface of the painful tooth. Leave it there for a few minutes and then wash it down with water.

11. Cloves with oil

Fry a teaspoon of cloves in mustard/coconut/sesame oil. Remove the cloves from the oil and powder them. Apply it on the affected tooth. This is good as a gum massage too.

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4 Top Home Remedies For Stomatitis


Alternative names – herpetic, Swollen gums

Stomatitis refers to inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the mouth. It is a painful condition resulting from infection. Ulcers may form on the gums and the mouth, particularly between the teeth. These ulcers contain numerous germs. Simple ulcers in the mouth, however, come and go spontaneously. The disease is quite common both in adults and children.

Stomatitis Symptoms

A person suffering from stomatitis finds it very difficult to take his meals because of pain. At times, he has to go without food altogether. On other occasions, he has to be content with small quantity of liquid food which he gulps down with difficulty. He also feels pain and diffICulty in talking. Other symptoms of stomatitis are excessive salivation, coated tongue, bright red mouth, irritability, vomiting after taking meals, reduced appetite and bad breath. The patient may also suffer from mild fever and constipation. Some of the common symptoms are:

  • Swollen gums.
  • Pain in mouth.
  • Ulcers in the mouth, often on the tongue or cheeks — these form after the blister pops.
  • Drooling.
  • Blisters in the mouth, often on the tongue or cheeks.

Stomatitis Causes

Stomatitis may arise from a variety of causes. The most important cause which leads to this condition are defective functioning of the stomach and indigestion. Poor oral hygiene and nutritional deficiencies are other main causes of stomatitis. The disease may also result from infection with Candida albicans (thrush) and infection with Vincent’s Spirochaete (Vincent’s an­gina). It may also be found in blood disease such as leukaemia.

The inside of the cheeks and tongue frequently develop ulcers 1-5 mm in diameter with a grayish-white base and a reddish perimeter. These ulcers are very painful and cause drooling, difficulty swallowing, and decrease in food intake (although the patient may be hungry).


Home Remedies for Stomatitis

1. Lemon

The use of lemon (Bara nimbu). Taking a tablespoon of lemon juice daily before meals will correct the functioning of the stomach and help cure the condition. The patient should also gargle several times daily with lemon juice mixed in water. This gargle can be prepared by mixing 20 ml of lemon juice in 100 mt of hot water.

2. Mouthwash

Effective home remedy for stomatitis is the frequent use of a mouthwash containing a teaspoon each of salt and baking soda in a glass of warm water. This should be used every two to three hours to keep the mouth as clean as possible.

3. Alum

The use of alum (phitkari) is also valuable in stomatitis. The patient should gargle with alum diluted in hot water. Concentrated solution of alum may also be applied with the help of a swab on the ulcerated spots.

4. Oral Hygiene 

Proper oral hygiene is of utmost importance in the treatment of stomatitis. The patient should carefully brush his teeth and gums so as to remove any foul material. He should also take multi-vitamin tables, especially those. high in vitamin B complex. This aid in recovery.

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14 Top Home Remedies To Cure Mouth Sore

Mouth Sore

Ulcers in the mouth, apthous ulcers, cold sores or herpes simplex. These are lesions in the mucus membrane of the mouth.

Causes and Symptoms of Mouth Sore

Apthous ulcers or ulcers in the mouth are small white spots on the inside of the cheek, the inner surface of the lips, sides of the tongue, on or below the tongue, palate, or anywhere on the mucus membrane of the mouth. Initially they are white, but sometimes small ones occur close together, coalase and appear like a large red ulcer with a grayish base. These are extremely painful.

These ulcers may be caused by certain deficiencies in the diet, e.g., of the B-complex vitamins. They could also be due to any illness for which antibiotics are being taken. Antibiotics wash away the normal flora present in our intestinal tract, which produces the required enzymes which act on the B-complex present in the ingredients in our diet. At times, nervous tension/ stress results in a tense, clamped jaw, or the person bites the inside of the mouth, injuring the mucosa, which results in an ulcer. Certain foods, especially spices, chillies, and some food additives, are often other culprits.

Herpes simplex, a viral infection, also results in cold sores which begin as small white clusters of sores on the inside of the lip. They cause intense pain and salivation, are an angry red in color, and they coalesce to form a desquamating upper crust. This infection is often precipitated by a debilitated, physically run-down condition-the aftermath of some other illness. Chronic constipation and an upset digestion are also causes of mouth ulcers.

Home Remedies to Cure Mouth Sore

These remedies soothe and relieve pain.

  1. Gargling with hot water, or holding hot water in the mouth on the area of the ulcer, helps to relieve the pain. This should be done 3-4 times a day.
  2. Boil some zyziphus leaves in water to make a strong herbal tea, and use this to gargle 3-4 times a day.
  3. Make a light decoction of guava leaves and gargle with it 3-4 times a day.
  4. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric and one-fourth of a teaspoon of rock salt in a glass of hot water. Gargle with it thrice a day.
  5. A teaspoon of roasted, pounded neem bark mixed with half a teaspoon of catechu, and this powder applied on an ulcer, causes intense salivation. This should be spat out, and then the person should gargle with warm water 3-4 times a day.
  6. Applying boro-glycerine thrice a day causes intense salivation followed by relief.
  7. To half a teaspoon of fine, powdered small cardamoms, add half a teaspoon of roasted, powdered alum. Take a pinch of the mixture, place it on the ulcer and close the mouth. There will be intense salivation. Keep it in the mouth for 30 seconds and then spit it out. Gargle with warm water and repeat the whole process once again. Do this 2-3 times a day.
  8. Catechu can also be made into a powder, and then into a thick paste with water. Apply this on the ulcers.
  9. Jasmine, which grows well in hilly areas, has varied properties, one of which is to soothe pain and heal chronic skin inflammation / ulcers of the mucous membrane.
  10. Make a cut in the thick stem of a banyan tree. A drop of the sap added to a drop of honey, and applied on the ulcer, heals it. Apply 2-3 times a day.
  11. Chew fresh carrot leaves and then wash it out with water. It prevents putrefaction of the slough at the base of the mouth ulcers.
  12. A herbal tea made with a few crushed henna leaves added to a cup of lukewarm water, and then used as a gargle, soothes the ulcerated surface.
  13. A decoction of rose petals, with a dash of lime, used as a gargle, is also soothing when done 3-4 times a day.
  14. Take a handful of fresh, tender tamarind leaves. Make an infusion with a glass of hot. water. It has anti microbial properties, and its mildly acidic taste clears the loss of taste and unclean feeling in the mouth.

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7 Effective Home Remedies To Treat Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a disease of the teeth socket. It is one of the most widely prevalent diseases these days. It affects the membrane surrounding the teeth-root, with loosening of the teeth, pus formation and shrinkage of the gum. This disease is the primary cause for tooth loss among adults.

Periodontal disease affects persons of all ages. About half the adult population over the age of 18 suffer from early stages of this disease. Even children of five years or so may have signs of the disease. It progresses with increasing age. Unless treated properly, it may lead to loss of supporting bone of teeth and ultimately to tooth loss.

Periodontal Disease Symptoms

The gum becomes tender and on pressing pus oozes out along the margin of teeth. Pus from the cavities continually finds its way into the stomach. When the disease is far advanced, the gums become swollen and the stomach, being dosed with increasing quantities of pus, does not function properly. Sepsis may appear in various forms, digestion is disturbed, liver trouble sets in and the whole system is adversely affected. Some of the common symptoms of periodontal disease are :

  • Bad breath.
  • Gums that bleeds when you brush or floss your teeth.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Gums that are red and swollen.
  • Pus coming out of your gums.
  • Itchy gums.

What are the causes of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is triggered by bacterial activity. A thin layer of harmful bacteria is continuously building up in our teeth. If it is not removed by tooth cleansing, especially after meals, it forms an organized mass on the tooth surface in a short time. This is referred to as a “bacterial plaque” when accumulated, bacteria in plaque produce many toxins which irritate the gums, cause them to become inflamed, tender and bleed easily.

The bacterial activity is, however, facilitated by the lowered vitality of the system caused by acidosis as a result of wrong feeding habits. The habitual use of white bread, white sugar, refined cereals and much meat, leads to swamping of the blood and tissues with acid waste matter, and to the development of disease in one form or another. Periodontal disease is one of the many forms this swamping of the system with acid impurities takes.

Other factors contributing to the development of periodontal disease include injury to the gums and supporting structures by physical and chemical irritants in the mouth, wrong brushing, stagnation of food particles and improper use of tooth picks. In many cases, prolonged tension and even allergy can lead to this disease. In some cases, the use of the pill and pregnancy can give rise to or aggravates the condition.

Home Remedies for Periodontal Disease

1. Guava


Chewing unripe guava is an excellent tonic for the teeth and gums. It stops the bleeding from the gums due to its styptic effect and richness in vitamin C. Chewing the tender leaves of the guava tree also helps in curing bleeding from the gums and keeps the teeth healthy. A decoction of root-bark can also be beneficially used as a mouthwash for swollen gums.

2. Lemon

Lemon Juice

The regular use of lemon and lime useful in periodontal disease due to their high vitamin C content. The strengthen the gums and teeth, and are very effective in preventing and curing acute inflammations of the gum margins.

3. Orange

Orange Juice

The use of orange has also been found beneficial in the treatment of periodontal disease. This fruit should be eaten regularly and its skin rubbed over the teeth and gums. This will improve the condition.

4. Pomegranate


Powder of the dry rind of pomegranate, mixed with pepper and common salt, can be applied as a very good dentifrice. Its regular application strengthens the gums, stops bleeding, and prevents periodontal disease.

5. Spinach


The juice of raw spinach is another valuable remedy for the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease because of its beneficial effect on the teeth and gums. This effect is grew enhanced if spinach juice is taken in combination with carrot juice. Both spinach juice and carrot juice should be taken in quantities of 125 ml each daily. A permanent aid for this affliction has been found in the use of natural raw foods, and in drinking an ample quantity of carrot and spinach juice.

6. Lettuce


Lettuce has proved useful in preventing periodontal disease. The leaves of this vegetable should be chewed everyday immediately after meals for this purpose.

7. Wheat

Whole Wheat

Wheat is especially valuable in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. Wheat chapattis are usually taken with other foods, and hence, the other food also gets chewed properly. This not only provides the needed exercise for the teeth and gum but also aids in digestion.

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4 Top Home Remedies For Bad Breath (Halitosis)


What is halitosis?

Halitosis refers to bad breath which is not only a sign of ill health but it is also a social stigma. It is common in many people at all times and in all people some of the time. Unfortunately, most people who offend in this respect are completely unaware of their problem and the discomfort they cause to others. Halitosis can be acute or chronic depending on the causes.

What are the causes of halitosis?

Halitosis (bad breath) is, in the main, caused by sulphur producing bacteria that normally live within the surface of the tongue and in the throat. The most common cause of halitosis is bad teeth and gum conditions. Dental decay at the roots of the teeth may result in abscesses in the gums with foul smelling pus giving an objectionable odour to the breath. Even small holes in the teeth may provide a place where germs can multiply and release foul odours.

Most cases of bad breath, however, are caused by gastrointestinal disorders, intestinal sluggishness and particularly by chronic constipation. The unpleasant odour results from an exceptionally large amount of waste matter expelled through the lungs. Here are some common causes of halitosis :

  • Chewing tobacco.
  • Smoking.
  • Dry mouth – caused by medicines and alcohol.
  • Periodontal disease.
  • Diseases like anemia may also lead to unpleasant breath.

What are the symptoms of halitosis?

The common symptoms of halitosis can include:

  • A white or Yellow coating on the Tongue.
  • Dryness in mouth.
  • Thick saliva and a constant need to clear your throat.
  • Post Nasal Drainage.
  • Smelling bad breath on breathing through the nose.


Home remedies To Cure Halitosis

If halitosis is caused by tooth and gum conditions, smoking or anemia, these conditions must be treated. Once they are eliminated the bad breath will disappear. Similarly, bad breath resulting from gastrointestinal disorders can be successfully treated by correcting these disorders and cleansing the system of morbid matter.

1. Fenugreek

fenugreek tea

Among the several home remedies for halitosis, the use of fenugreek has proved most effective. A tea made from the seeds of this vegetable should be taken regularly for correcting the condition. This tea is prepared by putting one teaspoon of seeds in half a litre of cold water and allowing it to simmer for fifteen minutes over a low flame. It should then be strained and used as tea.

2. Avocado


An effective remedy for bad breath is avocado which is far superior to any mouth lotion or remedies for this condition. It effectively removes intestinal putrefaction or decomposition which is one of the most important causes of bad breath.

3. Guava

Unripe guava is useful in halitosis. It is rich in tannic, malic, oxalic, and phosphoric acids as well as calcium, oxalate, and manganese. Chewing it is an excellent tonic for the teeth and gums. It helps cure bleeding from gums and stops bad breath. Chewing tender leaves of guava tree also stops bleeding from gums and bad breath.

4. Parsley

Parsley is a valuable cure for bad breath. Two cups of water should be boiled and several sprigs of parsley, coarsely chopped, should be steeped in this water along with two or three whole cloves or a quarter teaspoon of ground cloves. This mixture should be stirred occasionally while cooling. It should then be strained and used as a mouthwash or gargle several times a day.

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8 Gingivitis Home Remedies To Treat At Home


Alternative names : Sore gums, Bleeding gums.

The commonest cause of sore or bleeding gums, gingivitis, is a deposition of dental plaque. The age old advice, to brush one’s teeth in the morning and at bedtime, and to gargle after meals, is a golden rule which should always be followed.

Causes and Symptoms For Gingivitis (Sore gums)

When you eat anything, the teeth masticate the food before you swallow it. Some pieces may get lodged in the small crevices or at the base of the teeth. If these are not got rid of by brushing the teeth or gargling after meals, they keep collecting and harden to form plaques. They soften the junction of the teeth with the gum. This loosened area attracts bacteria and other micro-organisms, leading to mild, moderate or severe inflammation. This causes pain and sometimes even bleeding gums while brushing teeth. Bad breath, loose teeth, cavities in the teeth, are all associated with this problem. Sweets and carbohydrate-rich food aggravate it.

Vitamin deficiency, anaemia, allergic disorders, drug reactions, certain blood dyscrasis are other causes.

Home Remedies to Cure Gingivitis

  1. Take a tablespoon of mustard oil and add a teaspoon of common salt to it. Wash your hands well. With the forefinger take a small amount of this mixture and massage the gums gently in upward, downward and circular strokes. Do this for 30 seconds and then gargle with warm water. Do this 2-3 times a day.
  2. Take half a teaspoonful of omum. Grind it to a fine powder and add a few drops of mustard oil to it. Now use this to massage the gums. Gargle with warm water. Repeat at least twice a day.
  3. Use a herbal tea made with henna leaves as a mouthwash.
  4. The bark of acacia has astringent properties. Make a decoction, dilute and use it as a gargle thrice a day. It is very refreshing and leaves a sweet taste in the mouth.
  5. Burn alum in a non-stick pan. Powder the burnt mass. Use a pinch of this as a tooth powder for gum massage. Gargle with plain water. Do this once or twice a day. It reduces spongy gums and heals toothache. Alum is an astringent.
  6. Take a teaspoon of castor oil. Add a large pinch of powdered camphor to it. Mix and gently massage the gum with it. Rinse mouth with warm water.
  7. To prepare a soothing mouthwash for sore gums, boil 10-15 fresh eucalyptus leaves in a litre of water. Simmer for five minutes, then switch off heat. Cover and keep aside. Strain and add 2-3 drops of clove oil. If you do not have clove oil, add the powder of 6-7 finely ground cloves and bring the mixture to the boil again. Filter, cool and use as a mouthwash after every meal. This can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.
  8. Soft neem or acacia twigs should be used as tooth brushes. Chew on the twig till it softens and splits. This takes about five minutes. Then spit out the fragments and gargle. It is a disinfectant, and excellent for gum massage and mastication.

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7 Home Remedies To Cure Chapped Lips

chapped lips

Chapped lips are a very common problem and most people are unable to tackle it effectively. Severe and chronic chapped lip are a result of very dry skin on the lip. Dry skin occurs when the moisture, or water, content of the skin is decreased for any reason.The skin on our lips is actually mucous membrane, so for them to remain smooth and chap free is a bit of a challenge. Common cause of severe and chronic chapped lip are allergic reaction to cosmetics, skin infections, extreme weather conditions like excess sun and wind exposure, biting of the lips or a vitamin B deficiency.

Chapped Lips Causes and Symptoms

The vagaries of weather effect the lips. The advent of cold winter winds brings in its wake chapped lips. Summer takes its toll for those who sunbathe or swim. One of the symptoms of a high temperature is dry chapped lips. When the Lip are severe and chronic chapped they usually have the following qualities roughness, dryness, redness, peeling, cracking, sensitivity and tenderness.

Home made Remedies to Cure Chapped Lips

1. Coconut Oil

coconut oil

The application of coconut oil or ghee on dry chapped lips is a common practice in middle-class Indian homes.

2. Fresh Cream

Take some fresh cream of just boiled milk. Add a few drops of fresh lime juice to it. Mix and gently massage on the lips. Wipe off or just dab with a soft tissue.

3. Butter

A lesser-known remedy is to put a little ghee or butter into the navel at night before going to sleep. How this works is anyone’s guess, but work it does! It is a tried and tested remedy.

4. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum Jelly

Apply petroleum jelly to your lips 3-5 times a day. The great part is that it’s clear and thin, so it looks great over your lipstick because it’s shiny! Try it! It helps in great deal to cure the severe and chronic chapped lip.

5. Ghee

Heat a teaspoonful of ghee and add a pinch of salt to it. Apply this as a lip salve.

6. Glycerine

Glycerine and fresh lime juice can be mixed in equal proportions and kept in a bottle. This can be applied on the face and lips in winter after a hot-water bath.

7. Butter

Rub melted unsalted butter on your lip. Yummy! Just doing this once or twice weekly can prevent chapped lip. During extreme winters, apply vaseline at nights and carry a chap stick for use when needed. This will help to cure from the severe and chronic chapped lip.

Some Prevention Tips

  1. Avoid going out in dry, cold weather without putting on lip balm or lipstick.
  2. Take vitamin B, C foods in diet.
  3. Hot water fomentation, followed by a mixture of Vaseline and honey applied on the lips at least thrice a week will prevent lips from chapping.
  4. Use a sunscreen on your lips when outside in sunny weather. Avoid excessive sun exposure.

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8 Home Remedies To Get Rid of Canker Sore Fast

Canker Sores

What is Canker Sores ?

Canker Sores (aphthae, or aphthous ulcers) are ulcers that form on the mucous membranes of the mouth or genitals. Aphthous ulcers are single or multiple ulcers of the inside of the mouth that tend to recur. The most common type of an aphthous ulcer is recurrent minor aphthous ulcer (recurrent aphthous stomatitis).

Causes, incidence, and risk factors Canker Sores

The exact cause of cause of recurrent aphthous ulceration is unclear. However, there may be many causes for this problem.

  • Aphthous ulcers are sometimes caused by iron deficiency.
  • Emotional stress and lack of sleep.
  • Certain foods including chocolate.
  • Aphthous ulcers may also be caused by a Vitamin-B deficiency.
  • The detergents found in many types of toothpaste can cause aphthous ulcers in some individuals.
  • Genetics: There may be a genetic predisposition to aphthous ulceration; about 40% of people with recurrent aphthous ulcers have a family history of oral ulceration.

What are the signs and symptoms of Canker Sores?

Canker Sores usually begin as a burning or tingling sensation. A red spot or bump usually forms, which develops into an open ulcer. The ulcers are usually small, less than 1 centimeter in diameter, but larger ulcers are possible.

  • ulcers in the mouth, usually inside the lips, on the cheeks, or on the tongue.
  • lesions usually heal in 7 to 14 days.
  • ulcers that are covered with a yellow layer and have a red base.


Natural home remedies for Canker Sores

  1. Toothpastes and mouthwashes that do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
  2. Some people find that swishing a teaspoonful of Milk of Magnesia and Benadryl Allergy liquid (diphenhydramine) mixed 50:50 over their aphthous ulcers (and then spitting this mixture out) four to six times a day helps to minimize the pain they cause.
  3. Avoid contact with individuals that have active lesions.
  4. Improve diet or take dietary supplements of vitamins or minerals that you may be lacking in.
  5. Eating yogurt (lactobacillus acidophilus cultures) daily may get relief to some people.
  6. Red raspberry tea contains valuable flavonoids and is very helpful. Helps to get rid of canker sores.
  7. Maintain good personal hygiene.
  8. Rockrose, also known as sun rose, used as a mouthwash, both heals and get rid the pain of canker sores.

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