Ramadan is a holy month in which Muslims fast. The extended fasting hours from ‘Suhoor’ to ‘Iftaar’ necessitate special attention, and the oral health is the most neglected of all. Dehydration is caused by not eating or drinking for an extended period of time, which leads to the growth of germs in the mouth, which creates foul breath.
Here are a few easy ways to avoid bad breath and keep your mouth healthy:
1. Brush after ‘iftaar’ and ‘suhoor,’. Use fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities and strengthen your teeth. To get rid of the white coating on your tongue, which is the main cause of bad breath, use a tongue cleanser.
2. Floss your teeth and use mouthwash to rinse your mouth (Non-Alcohol). Some people may be afraid of ingesting it, therefore utilise it outside of fasting hours if that is the case.
3. The old-fashioned technique to keep your breath fresh: clean your teeth with miswak sticks to control the production of dental plaque and feel fresh all day.
4. Drink plenty of water, juices, and soups instead of coffee, tea, soda, and other caffeinated drinks, which dehydrate your body. Dehydration is also caused by fried, spicy, and salty foods.
5. Brush and floss your teeth carefully if your suhoor meal includes fish or milk, as these foods contain specific proteins that cause bad breath.
6. If you wear dentures, make sure you clean them correctly with an antiseptic solution because filthy dentures can cause rotting and poor breath.
7. Smoking is prohibited during the fasting hours, so smokers can save a lot of money by stopping this habit, which is also one of the causes of foul breath.
8. To avoid gum disease, diabetic people should use chlorhexidine mouthwash twice a day. It’s also a good idea to get a comprehensive check-up before Ramadan to ensure that your gum health isn’t jeopardised by fasting.
9. Avoid sticky foods like chocolates, cheese, and some types of cereals since they can get trapped in between your teeth if not brushed properly.
10. Eat fruits and cooked vegetables when you break your fast because they are high in fibre and will naturally remineralize your teeth.
11. After Ramadan, make an appointment with your dentist for a regular check-up.
With so many celebrations going on, one would hate to miss out due to a dental emergency. Ensure that your oral health is maintained throughout the holy month and that you participate fully in the ‘Eid’ ceremonies.