Thursday, 29 July 2021
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


Typically, the changes you may see in your teeth' color are subtle and might only show over time. Unfortunately, in all honesty, it is not possible for you to completely prevent the yellowing of the teeth. As you grow older, your teeth might look yellower. It is because, with time, the outer enamel tends to wear out. And the layer underneath the enamel, that is, the dentin, comes to the forefront. Dentin has a yellow hue, and that is primarily the cause of your teeth appearing yellow. Now, even though natural yellowing is inevitable, there are some things that you can do to whiten your teeth. Of course, you can always go to the dentist and get an at-office treatment, but the procedure is certainly expensive. So, if you do not want to break the bank and are in no hurry, we have some effective natural methods that can help you whiten your teeth naturally at home. However, even though the methods listed below are safe, you should be careful when it comes to at-home teeth whitening. If you do not use the products right or if the exposure of a particular product is longer than your teeth can handle, it might result in wearing off the enamel. This aggravates your risk for cavities and sensitivity. Now, let us get started and address a few natural methods of whitening teeth at home.

Regularly brush and floss your teeth

One of the best ways to keep your teeth pearly white and shiny is regular brushing and flossing. As we have stated, the teeth yellowing that happens over time is inevitable, but it can be slowed down by lowering the plaque build-up by brushing and flossing your teeth. When you brush and floss, your teeth will appear brighter and whiter as it reduces the bacteria in the mouth and does not cause plaque build-up. In addition, a good toothpaste will gently rub the stains on the teeth, and when followed by flossing, it will also eliminate the bacteria in the mouth, which might become the cause of plaque build-up.

'I brush and floss my teeth twice a day. In addition to that, I also go for regular dental cleanings once every two months. These two steps are enough to keep my teeth whiter and brighter,' comments Jessica, an educator who offers finance homework help services.

Apple cider vinegar

One of the best home remedies to whiten the teeth at home is using apple cider vinegar. However, since it is acidic in nature, you must use it in a very small quantity for teeth whitening.

You can make an apple cider vinegar mouthwash by taking two tsps of apple cider vinegar and mix them with six ounces of water. Swish this mix in your mouth for 30-6f0 seconds. After that, you can rinse your teeth normally. It can be followed by brushing and flossing of the teeth.

Apple cider indeed has a bleaching effect. So, it will surely result in whiter and brighter teeth. However, apple cider vinegar can also result in potential damage to the teeth by hampering the surface structure and the teeth' hardness. So, exercise due caution when using apple cider vinegar, and use it only for a short interval.

Make dietary changes

There are certain foods in our diet, which might be the possible cause of teeth staining. These foods or beverages may have tannins in them, which are responsible for the yellowing of the teeth. For example, tannins are present in tea, wine, coffee, juices, and dark sodas.

Further, the acidic foods, too, might result in yellowing of the tooth as they wear off the top enamel and put dentin on the forefront over time. So, if the yellowing of the teeth is a cause of your concern, you must curtail your consumption of soda, coffee, and citrus fruits. If you cannot completely do without them, you must make it a point to brush your teeth after consuming them.

You must wait for at least thirty minutes after eating these foods before brushing your teeth. It is because acids tend to weaken the enamel. So, if you brush instantly, it might cause probable damage.

Nicotine consumption and smoking, too, also aggravate your risk of yellowing the teeth. Again, it is because of the remnant nicotine stains. These can result in gum diseases and tooth decay, which are both prime causes of enamel damage. So, to prevent oral health issues, you must avoid smoking.

Oil pulling

Oil pulling is one of the best methods to whiten teeth at home naturally. It is a prevalent ayurvedic technique, wherein you take tbsp of oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, or sesame oil, and swish it in your mouth for twenty minutes straight. This can help in pulling the bacteria from the mouth.

'Even though you can use any oil for the purpose, I particularly recommend coconut oil because it is delicious, and its benefits are unparalleled. Coconut oil helps prevent tooth decay, too,' comments Anna, an educator who works with a platform where you can buy cheap coursework online.

Brush with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste

'Baking soda is widely known for its teeth whitening properties. This is the reason why you will see the presence of baking soda in many prevalent teeth whitening toothpastes. Baking soda has a mild abrasive nature, and it aids in eliminating the teeth stains from the surface,' states Charlie, an educator who offers do my java assignment services.

On the other hand, hydrogen peroxide, too, is a great whitening agent. It has bleaching properties and kills the bacteria in the mouth. It has been several years since the popularity of hydrogen peroxide application for killing bacteria on wounds. Today, it is also another prevalent inclusion in whitening toothpaste.

If you can find a toothpaste that contains a mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, you can be sure that it will aid in keeping your teeth shiny and white. You can even make the mix at home.

For this, take two tbsps of hydrogen peroxide and one tbsp of baking soda, and mix the two. Keep mixing till you finally achieve a fine paste. You can use this paste to brush your teeth regularly. Please bear in mind; by brushing only once, you will not see any results. It is a slow process, but it indeed works. You can consider using this paste once every day, and you will begin seeing noteworthy differences.

Alternatively, you can even make a mouthwash using the same ingredients in the same ratio and some water. Typically, both hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are harmless. However, if you think you have done something wrong, you should immediately head to your dentist.

In the last 24 hours, 107 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 744.

Among them, 121 people are in hospital, of which 12 are on ventilators. Unfortunately, a further 2 people passed away.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 361,595 people have been infected, of which 8,238 have died, a total of 352,613 people have recovered, 84 of them in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 3,756 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,217,169 people have been tested, of which 3,469 in the last 24 hours.


It was predicted by experts. And even though at first glance few actually believed it, it seems the forecast was spot on. “No, I’m sorry, but we are fully booked until the end of September,” was the answer I had received countless times whilst trying to find accommodation on Peljesac for a long weekend. Football might not be coming home, back tourism is coming home to Peljesac.

It took my at least three days of calling, searching, asking friends and trawling the online accommodation providers before Lady Luck shone down on me.

The plan, at least from the early stages, was perfect, watertight. For the first time in my lifetime England were playing in a major football final. The last time we played, and indeed won, was three years before I was born!

When it comes to watching England I always, if possible, prefer to watch the game alone. I just can’t be in a bar or with a large group of people, as everyone transforms into a manager and are constantly shouting advice. And watching with my wife is also hard work as she’ll be asking “Is Beckham still playing?” or “Doesn’t it hurt when the ball hits your head?” So as my wife had already mentioned taking her mother and sisters on a “ladies weekend” I saw a carpe diem moment. This is my chance to watch the final alone!

The planning might have been great from my side, but the result, as we lost the final, didn’t really go to plan. But sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say that the better team won, and my congratulations go to Italy.

Initially I thought that people would be falling over themselves to rent their apartments and villas, how wrong I was. I was in search of a unicorn!

So tourism experts had been banging on about the fact that tourists would be looking for accommodation away from crowded city centres and would more likely book places in nature away from the hustle and bustle, which seemed to make sense. I mean which sane person would go on a cruise! Clearly this is the case on the beautiful peninsular of Peljesac.

However, I also think that there are more factors at play here. Tourists to the peninsular are undoubtedly loyal, they find their piece of heaven and return year after year after year, almost handing down their spot to future generations of the family. Secondly, or rather thirdly, many guests who arrive do so by car and aren’t reliant on the whims and schedules of airlines.

Figures just released by the larger tourist boards of Peljesac show that June saw an incredible 85 percent of guests compared with pre-pandemic 2019! And some smaller destinations are up to the same levels as before Covid. From my experience of trying to find an empty apartment for a long weekend for my ladies I can agree with those figures.

And whilst Peljesac might be leading the way the city is also much, much busier than I had expected. Of course, for the opening of the Summer Festival is was rammed packed, but a few nights before that I was surprised at just how busy it was. Stradun was like the United Nations. With the only nation missing being the British. And with the latest announcement that England is opening up to travel we can expect a strong end to the season.

However, back to Peljesac and my hunt came to an end in a most unexpected and extremely pleasing manner. Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees. A little gem shone in the sea of already booked apartments. And it was free. It is so far off the beaten track that the track is buried. In fact, it is so nice that I want to keep it a secret, yes, I know that’s rather selfish. If the experts were saying get away from the crowds and back to Mother Nature then this wooden cabin slap bang in the middle of nowhere, or behind God’s back, would be the crème de la crème.

The football might not have gone as I wanted but the ladies long weekend was the champion!   

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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, five new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in the last 24 hours. These are four males and one female; two from Dubrovnik and one each from Konavle, Župa dubrovačka and Korčula.

Five people made a full recovery - four from Dubrovnik and one from Ploče.

In the last 24 hours, 549 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 91,675 samples have been analyzed.

Ten people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 237 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, four violations of the self-isolation measure at the border have been recorded.

Every Sunday, from the 5th of April to the 1st of November, a Holy Mass in English is held in the St. Ignatius Church. The Holy Mass in English starts at 11:00am every Sunday.

The Jesuit church of St. Ignatius is located in the Ruđer Bošković Square which is in the very heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik, just at the top of the baroque stairs which connect the Gundulić Square.


The former Russian professional tennis player, Maria Sharapova, is currently on vacation in Dubrovnik and is clearly impressed with the city’s rich history.

The former World Number One tennis player posted a range of photos of her social media accounts, including a shot from the balcony of Hotel Excelsior and the old pharmacy inside the Franciscan Monastery. And commented on a photo of some old jewellery that “Within the walls of Old Town in Dubrovnik. The gold hoops from early 1900’s. Perhaps they’re available on 1stdibbs??”

Her photos of Dubrovnik on Instagram attracted great interest, and as she has 4.1 million followers it’s hardly surprising.

In the Split-Dalmatia County, a large percentage of the delta strain of Covid-19 is present, in as many as 70 percent of new cases, said Željka Karin, the director of the County Institute for Public Health, at a press conference in front of the Split hospital on Friday.

The whole of Croatia needs to work on the epidemiological situation because health workers are doing everything in their power, said Karin.

"The numbers are growing. Unfortunately, we warned about this when we called for vaccinations, despite the fact that there are resistances and misconceptions about it that are spreading through the media, other communication channels and among people. The only way to reduce and stop the epidemic is a high level of vaccination, she added.

In the Split-Dalmatia County, only 39.8 percent of people have been vaccinated, and in Croatia about 45 percent, said Karin, adding that in that county there is a higher number of patients due to tourists arriving there. She reminded that "the whole of Croatia mostly lives from tourism".

"The numbers of mostly younger age groups are growing. They are spreading the infection to the elderly, so even today, but also yesterday, we have whole families among the newly infected,” said Karin.


This weekend around 78,000 passengers are expected at the Split airport and ferry port, which is the highest number of arrivals this year.

"Today and tomorrow, 170 planes will arrive at Split airport, 130 of which are commercial and 40 private, and they will by carrying around 28,000 passengers, which is the most during one weekend this year," commented Split Airport.

Split Airport has re-established flights in July with almost all tourist markets with which it was connected by air before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The airport has direct flights to 24 different countries, and indirectly to many other countries.

"There has been a noticeable increase in the number of Americans arriving from Amsterdam on a plane that flies the Amsterdam-Split route three times a day," added a spokesperson for the airport.

During June this year, the Split airport had a turnover of 117,000 passengers, which is the highest traffic in June compared to all other airports in Croatia. And in the first half of July 140,000 passengers passed through the airport.


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