According to a study conducted under the consultancy of Andrea Antonio from Rio de Janerio Federal University, it has been determined that dark, sugar-free and black coffee drunk in moderation actually contributes to stopping the formation of caries by actively breaking down biofilms in bacteria that cause dental plaque. Exp. Dr. Fatma Çiçekdağı Set, “The coffee consumed in this way during the Eid al-Fitr has benefits for dental health. However, since it restricts water consumption, it is beneficial to consume it in a limited way while fasting. “No more than 2 cups a day should be consumed in routine times,” he said.


Emphasizing that routine dental checks should be done after Ramadan, Uzm. Dr. Fatma Çiçekdağı Set, “During the Ramadan Feast where sweet and acidic beverages are frequently consumed; It is necessary not to brush immediately after these acidic drinks to prevent erosion of the teeth. Preferably, after consuming these foods, a glass of warm water should be drunk and the mouth should be rinsed with plenty of water. You should wait at least 1 hour for tooth brushing in order to reduce the acid effect of saliva. In addition, fluoride toothpastes also reduce the number of tooth decays. Since a piece of cheese thrown into the mouth after dessert consumption is basic, it reduces the acidity and prevents the formation of rot. In short, it is necessary for oral and dental health to stay away from sweet and acidic foods as much as possible while fasting, during the Ramadan Feast and during the normal routine.


Touching on the 2020 statistics of the Turkish Dental Association, Set said:

“The frequency of referrals to the dentist is 5 per person annually and 0,9 in our country. In the same studies, it was determined that the rate of caries in the 35-44 age group is 95-98 percent in rural areas, 79 percent in the city surroundings, and 76 percent in cities. In the 20-24 age group, the number of teeth to be treated per person due to tooth decay is 5.48. This ratio is 7 in the 25-29 age group. 81-84 out of every 100 children between the ages of 12-13, who are considered to have the entire dental knee in the mouth, have tooth decay. In the 30-34 age group, only 3 people out of 100 have caries. In the 12 age group, the number of missing, bruised and filling is 4.5. The high rate of caries in our country causes an increase in bad breath due to caries while fasting during Ramadan. In this period, we recommend brushing our teeth with circular movements for a minimum of 2 minutes after sahur and iftar and using dental floss once a day for cleaning the places where the toothbrush cannot clean. It is also necessary to clean the tongue with a tongue cleaner so that food residues do not settle on it and cause rotten and bad breath. “

Exp. Dr. Fatma Çiçekdağı Set made the following warnings to protect dental health:

“Drinking plenty of water is important both in terms of removing food crumbs from the mouth and preventing the mouth from drying out.

“One of the effective foods in removing bad breath is lemon. Warm water with lemon is also useful for cleansing the mouth and throat.

“The consumption of some cinnamon together with desserts also prevents bad breath with its bacteriostatic feature that prevents the growth of bacteria that start to reproduce with food left in the mouth. An ingredient in cinnamon bark prevents bad breath.

“Take care to consume cheese and dairy products. In this way, you will prevent your teeth from decaying naturally. Calcium, phosphorus minerals, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and water-soluble B2 can prevent tooth decay by preventing the formation of acid in the mouth.

“Not eating fast, chewing bites slowly and well, also helps digestion. Thus, the stomach is less tired and gas formation is reduced.

“More consumption of tea and coffee causes less water consumption. This causes fluid loss in the body, decreased saliva and therefore an increase in bad breath. “

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