Bad breath caused by dehydration is a common side effect of fasting, but there are some things that can be done to minimize the odor.
patients are advised to floss, brush and use mouthwash at least twice a day for the prevention of oral diseases. During Ramadan, we recommend brushing teeth after Iftar and Suhoor.
During fasting it’s common to suffer from bad breath, hence it is recommended to drink plenty of water between Iftar and Suhoor, eat fruits and vegetables, and avoid spicy and salty foods which could result in dehydration.
As well as the health implications, smoking is a well-known cause of staining, Reducing the intake of cigarettes is a wise thing. Because the smoke after the meal exacerbates bad breath and teeth staining.
additional tips for keeping your teeth and mouth healthy and smelling fresh during Ramadan:
- Use a tongue scraper or a cleaner to get rid of the white residue that coats the tongue. This is often the culprit for bad breath. A tongue scraper or a cleaner can be purchased at any pharmacy.
- If your Iftar or Suhoor meal includes fish or milk, brush immediately after eating these foods. Fish and milk contain specific proteins which can lead to bad breath as they are being broken down in the mouth.
- If you have dentures, before going to bed, use an antiseptic solution to clean them. This will help keep bad breath at bay.
- Try to avoid sticky foods, such as chocolate and some types of cereals . Some of these foods might get stuck in between your teeth and then not be removed if you aren’t brushing carefully
- Miswak: The miswak (miswaak, siwak, sewak, Arabic: سواك or مسواك) is a teeth cleaning twig made from the Salvadorapersica tree (known as arak in Arabic). It has been proven by numerous international studies that the miswak has good and effective oral benefits.