The Holy month of Ramadan is finally here. It is time to fast and purify the mind. We all know the struggle of bearing hunger and thirst, but that’s not the only obstacles during Ramadan. Many people are concerned about bad breath during fasting, which is medically known as halitosis.
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What can we do to keep our mouth fresh during fasting? To know how to deal with bad breath, first, we must understand the cause of it.
What Causes Bad Breath:
- Poor oral hygiene – Bacterial plaque build-ups cause the most of bad breath and gum disease.
- Smoking – Bad habits like smoking (cigarettes, cigars, shisha) can lead to bad breath.
- Dry mouth – Dry mouth or xerostomia is the primary cause of bad breath. It is caused by an insufficient flow of saliva.
- Other health condition – Other health condition like sinus, throat and digestive disorders can cause bad breath.
- Poor oral hygiene – The most apparent thing that causes bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Not cleaning your mouth will cause bad breath, that can also cause other dental problems such as gum disease.
How to Keep Your Mouth Fresh During Fasting?
Saliva plays a vital role in protecting your mouth and decreasing bacterial growth. While fasting, the reduction of saliva flow causes bad breath due to not eating and drinking.
Then how we can keep bad breath off ourselves during fasting? Check these out!
1. Scrape your tongue
Most people scrape their tongue while brushing their teeth with a toothbrush, but you can use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue effectively. Bacterial biofilm, mucus and debris that can generate a bad odour can be prevented by scraping your tongue at least twice a day.
2. Brush your teeth
Make sure to thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day for four minutes. Mouthwash can also help eliminate bad breath.
3. Use dental floss
Many people skip flossing daily, and that could be the reason why you have smelly breath. Don’t skip on flossing to keep your mouth fresh.
Miswak (miswaak, siwak, sewak) is a tooth cleaning twig made from Salvadorapersica tree or arak in Arabic. It is a tradition of the Prophet SAW to use miswak throughout Ramadan, and it has proven numerous studies that miswak has good oral benefits.
5. Drink lots of water
Dry mouth due to lack of water consumption during Ramadan can cause bad breath. Drink much water before and after fasting. For those who wear dentures, make sure to put it in an antiseptic mouthwash overnight to help clean it. Therefore bacteria won’t form.
Bad breath, is caused by poor dental hygiene. Keep your breath fresh by brushing teeth a minimum of two times a day for 4 minutes especially before you go to bed, and clean your tongue and drink plenty of fluids. Rinsing your mouth during fasting can help you maintain you hydrated and stimulating saliva.
If the tips above don’t solve your bad breath problem, you can find a nearby dentist to help you through the Okadoc app.
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