If you are fasting during Ramadan, then it is a time to exercise self-control and self-discipline. However, you don’t need to neglect your oral health. While there are some who believe using toothpaste and mouthwash will nullify the fast, there are some tips that can help you maintain oral health during this period.
Brush After Iftaar and Suhoor Meals
During Ramadan, there are two meals during the day.
These are typically big meals and include sugary foods. It is wise to brush directly after consuming these meals to eliminate bacterial build-up.
Use Mouthwash and Floss
After the two meals of the day, you need to use floss and mouthwash, along with toothpaste. This will ensure the richer foods that you are likely going to consume won’t adversely affect your oral health.
Drink More Water
Something that is extremely important for dental well-being and oral hygiene is hydration. If you fail to drink plenty of water, it can result in the buildup of bacterial and bad breath. To remedy this, increase the amount of water you consume during the non-fasting hours. Also, cut back the amount of soda, coffee and tea you are drinking.
Increase Your Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables
The nutrients and antioxidants in legumes, vegetables, fruits and nuts can strengthen the ability the body has to fight inflammation and bacteria. This is beneficial for your gums and teeth. Eat more of these during fasting to help keep your mouth healthier.
Avoid All Types of Sticky Foods
Any food that contains starch or sugar can result in tooth decay and dissolve the enamel. The most damaging are sticky foods, which is why they should be avoided, especially during Ramadan.
Using the tips here will help you maintain good oral health during Ramadan. To learn more about protecting your teeth and oral health, contact us today.