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How to maintain good dental hygiene while fasting

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Dental experts have said good dental hygiene goes beyond a great smile. It includes oral health and overall health. Poor dental hygiene has been linked to other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. 

Regular dental care can help prevent dental problem like cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

According to a World Health Organization, WHO 2022 report, over three billion people around the world suffer from one form of dental problem or the other.

The issue of dental hygiene has over the years been a thing of debate. On Saturday, online influencer, Lasisi Elenu started another discussion on the matter, urging his followers to choose between mouth and body odour.

A good dental hygiene involves a combination of daily oral care habits, regular dental check-ups, and professional cleanings.

What to do during fasting

Maintaining good dental hygiene during fasting is important to prevent problems such as cavities, gum disease, and bad breath as earlier highlighted.

Experts have advised that those embarking on fasting especially during the Ramadan should brush their teeth at least two times a day, preferably after suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and before iftar (meal at sunset).

Flossing at least once a day is also advisable to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. It is also critical to use antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria and for fresh breath. 

Drinking of plenty of water during non-fasting hours is recommended to keep the mouth hydrated and to stimulate saliva production. Saliva helps to neutralize acid in the mouth and wash away food particles. 

Avoid sugary, acidic foods and drinks during fasting, as they can damage the teeth and increase the risk of cavities and gum disease. 

Braces or other dental appliances should be cleaned thoroughly after each meal to remove food particles and bacteria. 

A good oral routine should also include a visit to the dentist at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. This can help identify and treat dental problems early, potentially saving money on more extensive dental procedures later.

If you experience any dental problems during fasting, such as toothache or gum inflammation, seek dental care immediately.  

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu