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26 years
I have a bad smell in my mouth when I fast during the day. How can I prevent it?
Jul 12, 2013

Dr. Zakia Dimassi Pediatrics
Bad breath or halitosis is a common complaint associated with fasting, and this quite expected due to the following:
Saliva is the natural mouthwash we have. It contains antibacterial agents, and helps wash the bacteria from the mouth, and the saliva layer helps the oral odors from escaping. Without regular meals or fluids, the mouth slows its production of saliva, thus worsening bad breath, as in a night's sleep. As soon as one wakes up and starts to salivate, the smell recedes. That is why bad breath increases when we fast.

The things that we can do to reduce bad breath both during Ramadan:
*Maintain proper oral hygiene: gentle tongue cleaning twice daily is the most effective way to keep bad breath in control; that can be achieved using a tongue scraper to wipe off the bacterial biofilm, debris, and mucus. A toothbrush should be avoided as the bristles only spread the bacteria in the mouth, and grip the tongue, causing a gag reflex. Also avoid scraping of the V-shaped row of tastebuds found at the extreme back of the tongue. Brushing a small amount of saltwater onto the tongue surface will further inhibit bacterial action.

*Brush regularly, for 4 minutes, twice a day. Make sure you cleanse thoroughly (teeth, gums, tongue). And FLOSS DAILY as well.