Oral and dental health is as important as nutrition during the hot days of Ramadan. Because nutrition starts in the mouth and teeth. There cannot be a healthy diet without a healthy mouth.
Our teeth are protected by saliva as well as brushing. Since the teeth are not brushed during the day and there is no liquid consumption, saliva minerals and food residues that cause the formation of the structure we call dental plaque easily settle on the tooth surface. For this reason, brushing the teeth at sahur is very important.
Brushing the teeth at sahur, especially after mid-sleep feeding, is very important, even though it may seem torturous. It should not be forgotten that the dental cleaning you will do at sahur will provide protection for your teeth all day. For this reason, especially the food on the rough surface of the tongue should be brushed.
The tongue should be brought forward as much as possible and cleaned thoroughly with a toothbrush or a tongue brush produced for this purpose. In addition to cleaning all the teeth, cleaning between the teeth is also very important.
Dental floss and dental interdental showers can be used for cleaning between the teeth. Those who enjoy the use of electronic devices can also perform oral care with electric brushes and mouth showers.
MOUTHWASHES Mouthwashes, which are among the essentials of oral care, prevent the formation of “MOUTH ODOR” by creating an antibacterial area around the teeth. During Ramadan, “MOUTH odor” occurs physiologically because hunger triggers it. This is natural, but bad breath caused by dental calculus or tooth decay is quite intense and disturbing. For this reason, intense bad breath should be resolved by consulting a dentist in order to avoid problems with the environment. Because bad breath can be a harbinger of a caries or gum problem, it should not be neglected.
At the end of the meal at sahur, a piece of parsley and a piece of mint will help digestion while at the same time relaxing the breath.
Green tea with its antibacterial effect can be consumed between iftar and sahur. If you have “DRY MOUTH”, you should take care of your mouth after sahur and use artificial “Saliva support gel” containing special enzymes before going to bed. While these gels relieve dry mouth, they also form a protective layer on the teeth and gingival tissue.
It can also be applied during the day to maintain the protective layer throughout the day.
It should not be forgotten that while fulfilling our worship, we should not neglect the protection of our teeth, which should serve in the mouth for a lifetime, and we should not harm our environment with “BAD BREATH”.