How to Forward Mail

If you’re moving, going away for a short amount of time, accidentally received the wrong mail, or want to share an email, forwarding will help everything get to the correct location. Forwarding mail from the post office is an easy process that only requires filling out a form. Email forwarding can be set up with just the click of a button. No matter what kind of mail you need to forward, you can easily make sure it gets to its proper destination!

EditSetting up a Forwarding Address
Request a change of address from your local post office. You can either go into your local post office and request the form or visit the post office’s website. Even if you only need to temporarily forward your mail, you need to fill out all of the necessary change of address information. Provide 2 forms of identification if you go into the USPS to fill out the form. When you finish the form, submit it online or to one of the post office workers.[1]
The online change of address form from the USPS requires a $1 USD payment with a credit or debit card as a proof of identity.

You can apply for a change of address in the US here:

Choose the amount of time you want your mail to be forwarded. Look at your change of address form for the mail forwarding duration that you need. You can choose anywhere between 15 days up to 6 months. Choose the appropriate amount of time that you need your mail forwarded.[2]
After the forwarding ends, you may extend your forwarding service for another 6 months by filling out and submitting the change of address form again.

Get a premium forwarding service if you only want all of your mail in a weekly package. The premium forwarding service from the United States Postal Service collects your mail and sends a weekly package. You may sign up for the service online for an $18.45 USD enrollment fee with $20.10 USD weekly payments. Fill out the form completely and submit it online.[3]
The premium service can be used for a minimum of 2 weeks or up to 1 year.

Priority mail sent to you is automatically forwarded so you don’t have to wait.

EditResending Other People’s Mail
Cross of the old address with a black permanent marker. Use a thick black marker to completely cover the address written on the envelope or package. That way, it won’t be delivered to your address again.[4]
Do not cross out the name of the person that the mail is addressed to.

Put the new address underneath the old one if you know it. Use a black marker and write in large block letters. Put the phrase “Forward to:” above the name on the envelope first, and then write the address. Keep your writing neat and legible so your mail carrier can read it.[5]
Do not change the name or return address in the upper left corner of the piece of mail.

If you know the recipient but not their new address, call them ahead of time to ask them about their current address.

Write “Moved-Return to Sender” if you don’t know the person’s address. If you’re not sure who the recipient is or if you don’t know their new address, use big block letters above the person’s name to write the phrase. That way, the person who sent the mail will get it back so they can ask the recipient for their new address.[6]
This also works well to get rid of unwanted junk mail. Instead of “Moved,” write “Refused” on the mail instead.

Take the mail to the post office or put it in a mailbox. Drop the mail off at a post office so they can verify it goes to the correct location and check if the stamps are still valid. If you want a hands-off approach, put the mail back in your mailbox so your mail carrier will take it the next day.[7]
You can locate official USPS drop boxes here:

Get in touch with the person you’re forwarding mail to if you know them. If you know the recipient, give them a call or send them a message that you received their mail. Tell them that you gave them their new address so they should expect the mail soon. If they do not receive it within 2 weeks, call your post office to inquire about the mail.[8]

EditForwarding Emails
Go to your email settings and click on the Forwarding option to send your mail to another address. Look for the Settings option along the top of your inbox. It will either be listed as Settings along the menu or appear as a gear-shaped icon that you can click on. Once you access the settings, look for the option that says Forwarding and click on it.[9]
Many times, the settings option will be listed in the top right corner.

Type in the email address you want your messages forwarded to. Click on the option to add a forwarding address. Put in another email address that you own that you want your emails to get forwarded to. If you only want specific types of mail sent to you, you can create a filter to get rid of spam messages.[10]
You can set up mail to forward to multiple addresses if you only want to receive specific types of mail on each account.

Send a test email to make sure the message forwards. When you’re finished, send an email to yourself or ask a friend to send an email to you. Make sure the email goes into the inbox on the second account to confirm it works.[11]
Check the inbox of the email you’re forwarding occasionally just in case a message doesn’t forward to the new account.

Click the Forward option on a message if you only want to share a single email. Look along the top bar of icons above the message you want to forward. Look for the symbol of an envelope with an arrow pointing to the right. Click the button and type your own message above the forwarded message.[12]
If you’re forwarding mail from your phone, long tap on the message until the pop-up menu appears. Click the Forward option to send the email.

Do not open mail that isn’t addressed to you since it is illegal in the US.[13]
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Today in History for 18th January 2019

Historical Events

1650 – French Prince Louis II of Condé captured
1795 – Governor and Viceroy Willem V flees Scheveningen to England
1947 – Small river steamer sinks on Yangtze River, kills 400
1949 – 1st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson)
1973 – Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
1974 – Israel and Egypt sign weapons accord

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Famous Birthdays

1751 – Ferdinand Kauer, composer
1908 – Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
1947 – Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning “Iron Man”, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
1964 – Brady Anderson, American MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
1964 – Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
1971 – Andre Coleman, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Famous Deaths

1892 – Anton Anderledy, Swiss Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1819)
1967 – Harry Antrim, American actor (Miracle on 34th St, Devil’s Doorway), dies of heart attack at 82
1976 – Sonia Dresdel, actor (Fallen Idol, Secret Tent), dies at 67
1978 – Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)
1994 – Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), dies at 83
2017 – Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, dies at 77

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How to Reduce Gum Pockets Naturally

Gum pockets are a dental problem that is serious but not the end of the world. If you have gum pockets, it simply means that you have gum disease, which is called periodontitis, that needs to be treated. In most cases, it can be treated in a variety of natural ways, including by practicing good oral hygiene, using home remedies, and making lifestyle changes. Using these techniques combined with professional dental care will reduce your gum pockets and improve your oral health in no time.[1]
EditPracticing Good Oral Hygiene
Brush your teeth twice a day. One of the best ways to treat gum pockets is to brush on a regular basis. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth gently, as hard bristles and rough brushing can cause the gums to recede further. However, brushing both morning and night will help remove all of the food and bacteria that gets lodged in the pockets.[2]
If you are really focused on reducing your gum pockets, try brushing after every meal. This will prevent the area that needs to heal from being exposed to more bacteria and food.

Opt for using an electric toothbrush. Make sure your electric toothbrush is charged. Once it has power, put a small amount of toothpaste on it, put it in your mouth, and then turn it on. Clean your teeth in quadrants, focusing on one quarter of your mouth at a time. When done, turn off the toothbrush, spit out your toothpaste, rinse out your mouth, and rinse of the brush head.[3]
An electric toothbrush will be able to clean down deeper into the pockets than a traditional toothbrush. Since it’s better at cleaning below the gum line, it’s a good idea to use one if you are trying to help your gums heal.

Floss at least once a day. Floss can get in between the teeth and remove food that a toothbrush just can’t get. When flossing, use about of floss, hold it between your thumb and forefinger in each hand, and insert it between your teeth using a rubbing motion. Once between your teeth, wrap it in a “c” shape against each of the teeth it is between and rub the area gently.[4]
It’s important not to snap the floss into the space between teeth, as this can injure the gums. Using a gradual rubbing motion instead will prevent the chance of injuring the gums further.

Use a water flosser to clean between your teeth and gums. Water flossers are machines that clean by shooting water between the gums and the teeth. To use one, you fill the water reservoir with water, position the head so it’s pointed at your teeth, and turn on the machine. Once the water flosser is going, follow the gum line and clean between all of your teeth.
They are available at most big box stores, as well as from online retailers.

While dental floss can get down a few millimeters into your gum pockets, water flosser machines can get down much further. This helps to clean out all the germs and debris in the pockets that could make them bigger.

EditUsing Home Remedies
Do a salt-water rinse 2-3 times a day. Mix 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of salt into a glass of lukewarm water. Take some into your mouth and swish it around. Do this for 30 seconds and then spit it out.[5]
Use this rinse 2 to 3 times a day to clean out your gum pockets and to help them heal.

Use an essential oil mouthwash. There are a variety of essential oils that will help with the health of your teeth and gums. Add 2-3 drops of tea tree or lemongrass essential oil to a cup of warm water. Swish the rinse in your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit it out in your sink.[6]
Do this once or twice daily to help your gums.

Essential oils can be purchased at natural food stores and from online retailers. Look for products that are labeled “food grade,” as you will be putting it in your mouth.

Consider using oil pulling. Oil pulling is a process in which you swish a small amount of oil, typically coconut oil, around your mouth to clean it. Put 1 to 2 teaspoons in your mouth and move it around your teeth for about 20 minutes. After you are done swishing, spit it out and brush your teeth. Repeat this process every time you intend to brush your teeth.[7]
This technique pulls toxins and bacteria out of the pockets in your gums, allowing them to heal more effectively.

While this technique is considered new and under researched in some parts of the world, it has been used for a long time in cultures that rely on ayurvedic medicine.

Take supplements that will improve your gum health. There are certain nutrients that can increase your body’s ability to heal your gums. These include, but are not limited to, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and calcium. Talk to your doctor about whether taking these supplements is right for you and what amount you should take.[8]
Supplements are typically available at natural health food stores and from online retailers.

EditMaking Lifestyle Changes
Quit smoking. Smoking can have a horrible effect on the health of your teeth and gums. In order to reduce your gum pockets, it’s important to stop smoking. Even reducing the amount you smoke can have a positive impact, so do what you can.[9]
If you have a hard time stopping on your own, talk to your doctor about ways they can help you with your goal of quitting smoking. They may be able to suggest programs you can join and medications that can help you quit.

Reduce the number of sugary foods you eat and drink. Sugary foods, such as soda and candy, can hurt your gums and increase the size of your gum pockets. Cut them out of your diet if possible in order to let your gums heal without having to contend with sugar as well.[10]
If you can’t cut sugar out completely, be sure to brush your teeth after eating or drinking it. However, if you are eating something that is sweet and acidic, such as soda pop, you should actually wait for a few minutes after eating it to brush. If you brush while the acid is still on your teeth, your enamel could be damaged.[11]

Eat a healthy diet. Eating a variety of healthy foods can improve your oral health, which can help your body reduce your gum pockets. Have a well balanced diet that will give your teeth and gums the nutrients they need to be healthy. This kind of diet typically includes a lot of leafy green vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, and lean fats, such as fish.[12]
Eat a lot of anti-inflammatory foods, such as fish. Since gum pockets are caused by inflammation, these foods can help reduce it.

Also eat a lot of foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and calcium. This includes dairy products, lean proteins, and fermented foods, like kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso.[13]

EditGetting Professional Dental Treatment
Get a professional dental cleaning every 3 months. If you have gum pockets, your dentist will likely suggest that you come in for a cleaning more often than you would if you didn’t have them. Make an appointment with your dentist and have your teeth cleaned so that your gums have an easier time healing.[14]
Professional dental cleanings are more effective than at home cleaning because they focus on cleaning below the gum line.

Getting a cleaning every 6 months will also help your dentist keep an eye on your gum pockets and assess whether additional treatment is needed.

Have scaling and root planing done. If your gum pockets are more than 4mm deep, your dentist may suggest a more in depth cleaning than is typically done. Scaling and root planing cleans the surface of the tooth under the gum line but also smooths out the root surface so that your gums can reattach and the pocket can shrink.[15]
Scaling and root planing can be slightly painful, so your dentist may numb your gums with a topical anesthetic or a local anesthetic, depending on how much work needs to be done.

Use a dental rinse or medication prescribed by your dentist. In some cases, following your rooting and planing procedure, you will be told to rinse daily with a prescription mouthwash or to take antibiotic medication. Both of these treatments will help eliminate the infection in your gums that has caused the pockets to grow.[16]
Like all prescription medications, take the antibiotics or use the mouthwash for as long and as often as directed by your dentist. This will help ensure that the infection is totally eradicated.

Have surgery if your gum pockets are threatening the integrity of your teeth. If your gum pockets are larger than 7mm, then it is likely that they are exposing the root of the tooth to bacteria. This can cause the tooth to fail over time, so your dentist may suggest surgery to reduce the size of the pockets.[17]
During this type of surgery, an oral surgeon with pull back the gums to access the root area of the tooth. They will then clean the area, planing the surface and removing any bacteria present. Then they will put the gums back, using sutures to hold them in place.[18]
This is typically only suggested as a last resort to try and save your teeth, so take the suggestion seriously and have the surgery done if you can.

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