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Ramadan, the best month of the year is just a few days away and perhaps you are already thinking about how to to do away with the unpleasant mouth odour that usually accompanies the Ramadan fast. Well, you’re in the right place.
First of all, what causes mouth odour while fasting?
Causes Of Mouth Odour During Ramadan
Mouth odour is much more common while a person is fasting rather than when he is at liberty to eat and drink at intervals. This is because the mouth easily becomes dry due to reduced saliva production.
Apart from keeping the mouth moist, saliva also contains substances that are toxic to bacteria in the mouth, thus a decrease in saliva will provide a more comfortable environment for the bacteria to wine and dine.
Other causes of mouth odour include eating food containing onion and garlic during sahur (the predawn meal) and iftar (the meal taken after breaking the fast), consumption of sugary food, and most importantly, poor dental hygiene.
Now that you know the causes of mouth odour in Ramadan,
Here’s How You Can Avoid Mouth Odour During Fasting
1. Keep hydrated
Dryness of the mouth promotes the survival and growth of bacteria in your mouth. By drinking enough water and avoiding diuretics substances (that increases urine production e.g coffee) during sahur and iftar, you help to reduce the bacteria thereby preventing the unwanted odour they produce.
You can also stimulate saliva production by chewing gum at night.
2. Brush Twice A Day
Fasting does not prevent you from brushing your teeth. Ensure that you brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste before going to bed at night and after eating your sahur meal.
And hey! Don’t forget to floss the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth. Here’s a quick guide on how to floss.
3] Use a Miswak
Although chew sticks can be made from many commonly occurring plants, such as olive trees, Miswak is most generally associated with the Salvadora persica tree, commonly known as ‘arak’ in Arabic. It has numerous benefits.
According to a study, the miswak, due to its many mouth-cleaning benefits is said to be superior to toothbrushes. An added advantage is that it can be used round the clock without fear of swallowing toothpaste in the process. Frequent use of this will help prevent mouth odour during Ramadan.
4. Don’t Forget The Tongue
Several people tend to rush while brushing their teeth, usually ending up not cleaning the tongue. Well, it will interest you to know that the tongue is a good breeding place for bacteria due to the food remnants that remain attached to it eat after eating.
To prevent mouth odour during Ramadan fast, use your toothbrush, tongue scraper, or floss to clean the tongue thoroughly.
5. Watch What You Eat
Ramadan is a month where many families get to prepare a variety of meals for iftar. It is important to be cautious not to eat foods that will lead to one having an unpleasant mouth odour during the day. Avoid fresh onions and garlic and also cut down on food that is too spicy, salty, or sticky.
To learn more about how to avoid mouth odour and keep a fresh breath, check here.