01 May Keeping Bad Breath at Bay During Ramadan
Soon, Muslims in Dubai and across the world will begin the observance of Ramadan, a month-long time of fasting, abstinence and reflection.
Ramadan and Oral Health
Whether for religious reasons or not, fasting is commonly used to detox or cleanse the body of impurities. Unfortunately, fasting can cause bad breath which can be an issue for you and for the people around you so we thought we’d tackle one of the most common complaints during fasting… Bad breath or Halitosis.
Normally, it’s easy to just pop a stick of sugar free chewing gum in our mouth when our breath is not smelling its best. Most people assume eating food that are pungent would be the biggest cause of bad breath but actually not eating does the exact same thing.
For those patients who are fasting during Ramadan (or even those who practice Intermittent fasting), missing out on meals can lead to dry mouth which in turn can cause halitosis, commonly known as bad breath. Due to lack of saliva, bacteria isn’t being rinsed out of the mouth as well as it should. Since your teeth are an excellent breeding ground for a variety of bacteria, when saliva production slows down due to fasting, more bacteria quickly builds up and the bacteria that is killed off lingers on your tongue which may cause people to move back a few steps during a conversation. Bad breath can also affect our self-confidence.
Besides fasting, other factors that can result in bad breath are poor oral hygiene, having untreated cavities or gum disease, a dirty tongue and dirty dentures or other fixed dental appliances.
If it’s been a while since your last dental checkup or professional dental cleaning appointment, it might be a good time to schedule that appointment to ensure optimum oral health especially with the reduced work and school hours during the holy month.
Here are a few more suggestions on keeping up with your oral health during Ramadan.
- Drink plenty of water during the non-fasting hours
- Brush your teeth after every meal and especially just before the beginning of your fast
- Floss in between teeth after meals
- Make sure all cavities and gum issues are treated
- Use an anti-bacterial and non-alcoholic mouthwash
- Use a tongue scraper or toothbrush to clean the tongue
Ramadan and your Skin
Although not one of Dubai’s hottest months of the year, May is the month that many of us start using our Air Conditioning a bit more as the weather in Dubai becomes increasingly hot. Fasting for long hours in this weather combined with the lack of fluids, might lead to skin damage and dryness. This is exactly why you should make this month a time for self-reflection and self-care and take a closer look your skincare routine.
Your Skin is your largest organ, so making sure you take care of it properly during Ramadan will ensure it looks and feels soft and smooth, and your complexion glows with a brilliant, fresh radiance. Scheduling an appointment for a Microdermabrasion facial with our Laser Technician will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also moisturize an improve the look of age spots and hyperpigmentation.
Drinking plenty of water during the non-fasting hours are crucial in keeping skin hydrated. Try to limit sugary, carbonated and caffeinated drinks and drink lots of plain or fruit/vegetable infused water. Making sure you drink enough water will also help your skin’s elasticity.
A diet rich in Vitamins, Antioxidants and Omega 3 is essential for maintaining radiant skin by minimizing wrinkles and stimulating the regeneration of cells. By ensuring a diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables which add variety and color to your meals, you will automatically be including vitamins and minerals that are necessary for keeping your skin healthy and hydrated.
Sunscreen and Moisturizing is important in keeping your skin in tip top shape. We also suggest that if you are a smoker, you consider quitting as besides the cardiovascular benefits of quitting smoking, it will also do wonders for your skin including slow down the aging associated with smoking.
Ramadan is a special time for reflection and spiritual connection. Whilst we at The Dental Spa know that your appearance is not your priority during the Holy Month, Ramadan is a good time to practice self-care and taking care of your health and well being is a great place to start.