We all know the challenges we face with keeping our breath fresh during Ramadan. Bereft of water and food for a large chunk of the days really does not help your cause. As Ramadan is for a whole month and its obligatory we Muslims have to find ways of maintaining our oral hygiene. In a hadith Prophet Mohammed SAW said “the smell from the fasting person’s mouth is better in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk.” But this doesn’t mean that we should relax on maintaining our oral hygiene throughout Ramadan. We should first and foremost try our utmost best to keep up a good oral hygiene and if after all our best efforts our breath still reeks then we should remember the Hadith. The Prophet SAW our role model in all aspects of life used a miswak constantly throughout Ramadan so why shouldn’t we use the same or similar methods (that don’t break one’s fast) to maintain oral hygiene.
So in this article we will give you six ways to keep your breath fresh during Ramadan
Scrape your tongue
Most people use their brushes to clean their tongues. But there is a more effective way of cleaning your tongue- by using a tongue scraper. Scraping your tongue gently at least twice a day prevents bacterial biofilm, mucus and debris from gathering on your tongue and generating a bad odor. Check with your dentist or drug store to choose the best tongue scraper for you.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day
Yes only a tongue scraper won’t do the trick for you, but the old school mouth brushing at least twice a day would certainly help. Make sure you are thorough when brushing and not forgetting to clean the gums also. Don’t do lazy brushing, at least brush for at least four minutes. That should get all the plaque out.
Use dental floss
Floss daily and don’t skip a day no matter what. The thing with flossing is that it helps you know the parts of your mouth that generate bad odor so you can concentrate on it. Also avoid scented flosses as they can be deceiving, given you an odor that may be deceivingly sweet.
It is a tradition of the Prophet SAW to use the miswak throughout Ramadan. The miswak (miswaak, siwak, sewak, Arabic: سواك or مسواك) is a teeth cleaning twig made from the Salvadorapersica tree (known as arak in Arabic). Using miswak is not just a tradition of the Prophet SAW it has been proven my numerous international studies that the miswak has good and effective oral benefits.
The Prophet saw urged us to use the miswak saying ‘Make a regular practice of the Miswaak, for verily, it is healthy for the mouth and it is a Pleasure for the Creator (i.e. Allah is pleased with the Muslim who uses the Miswaak)” [Bukhari].
Drink alot of water
One of the major causes of bad breath is a dry mouth and that is something very rampant during Ramadan. So to make up for huge amount of water not drank while fasting, drink a lot of water before and after fasting. Other hydrating fluids can also help. And for those who wear dentures, make sure to put it in an antiseptic mouthwash overnight to help clean it.
Visit the dentist
Yes I know, most of us have never visited the dentist in our lives. But this is a practice that should be followed even after Ramadan. Because there may be cavities, broken tooth and small holes inside which debris can gather which can remit an awful smell.
So to conclude keeping a good dental hygiene is not all difficult if you’re a dedicated and focused on it. That way we can have a fruitful and confident Ramadan without ever having to worry about bad breath.