During the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast throughout the day, many are concerned with their oral health. Because some consider toothpaste and mouthwash as unacceptable to use during this time, they are worried about other issues developing. However, the good news is, there are some tips that can help you make it through this period without damaging your oral health.
Bad Breath and Ramadan
When you fast, it means you don’t eat or drink anything during the daytime hours. This can result in a change in your oral bacteria and lead to bad breath. If you are worried about issues of bad breath, you can try rinsing your mouth with mouthwash or water. The key is to make sure none is swallowed. If you aren’t comfortable doing this, then make sure to brush well before dawn and after the sun goes down.
Dental Care and Ramadan
Just like with rinsing your mouth, you can have some dental care provided as long as you don’t swallow anything. This means that oral sedation isn’t permitted but topical and injectable anesthesia are fine. During your regular checkup and cleaning, you can let your dentist know you are fasting and they can take additional care to ensure nothing is swallowed. However, if you are not comfortable with this risk, you may want to reschedule your appointment.
If you are facing an emergency situation, such as an infected tooth, then you are allowed to break the fast for case. However, the best way to avoid this is by keeping regular checkups before fasting. This will prevent serious issues.
To learn more about dental care during Ramadan, you can contact us. Our dentists can help ensure you get the treatment and care you need without doing anything that would affect your fasting period.