During fasting, the mouth becomes very dry which gives it a bad taste and smell. This causes embarrassment on some when they are talking to someone else.The health of the mouth, gums, and teeth are dependent on a number of factors including:
- Dehydration of the mouth due to fasting.
- Not brushing your teeth regularly.
- Reduction in secretion of saliva which hydrates the mouth.
- Prolonged fasting hours, which gives bacteria a lot of time to growth in the mouth feedings on food between the teeth and gums which can cause gum gingivitis (gum infections)
- Increase in ketone production in the body due to low energy levels.
Here are some recommendations for fighting bad breath and taking care of your mouth, gums, and teeth:
- Drinking at least 6-8 cups of water (2 liters)
- Decrease processed sugar intake and substitute with fruits.
- Brushing your teeth after iftar, before sleeping, and after suhoor properly and flossing your teeth,
- Also brushing yout tongue and cheek lining as bacteria grows there as well.
- Avoiding or reducing smoking.
- Using antiseptic mouth wash, and avoid ones which have alcohol as they dehydrate the mouth.
- Avoid or reduce fizzy drinks and acidic foods.
- Chewing sugar free gum.
- Avoid foods with high sulphur content such as onions and garlic especially during suhoor.
- There are some medication that affects bad breath, consult your doctor about them.
- Use siwak or miswak.
- Having any dental fixtures, such as braces, means that you need to take extra attention while cleaning your teeth as it is easier for food to get stuck in the fixtures.
Palestine Hospital wishes you health and a blessed Ramadan.