Necmettin Erbakan University (NEU) Faculty of Dentistry Dean Prof. Dr. Ali Rıza Tunçdemir pointed out to the AA reporter that the smell in the mouth during Ramadan is at the top of the complaints of fasting people.
Explaining that saliva contributes to oral and dental health with its antibacterial properties, Tunçdemir emphasized that the decrease in the amount and flow rate of saliva causes intraoral diseases. Tunçdemir noted the following:
“For this reason, we need to increase water consumption between iftar and sahur during Ramadan. Tea and coffee consumption should be reduced. These are drinks that facilitate fluid excretion. Reductions in saliva in those who fast during Ramadan allow bacteria in the mouth. Mouth and dental problems increase in Ramadan. Bacteria. Since it is more active, complaints of toothache, gum bleeding and bad breath are increasing. Therefore, we need to pay more attention to oral hygiene during Ramadan. Chewing sugar-free gum between iftar and sahur is one of the practices we recommend to our patients. “
Saying that saliva has an anti-decay effect, Tunçdemir said, “Since the release of saliva increases during chewing sugar-free gum, the effect of saliva increases. In addition, during chewing gum, food residues on the teeth are removed as in tooth brushing. For this reason, chewing sugar-free gum in Ramadan. recommend. ” said.
Tunçdemir pointed out the importance of oral and dental cleaning with fluoride toothpaste, dental floss, bridge cleaning and interface brush, and concluded his words as follows:
“In fasting, the body burns fat for energy, while some components are released. Some of these are exhaled. This causes bad breath. Some discomfort may also cause this. If tooth brushing in suhoor is forgotten, it is mechanically without paste during the day. Teeth can be brushed. Mouth rinsing with water. Digestion starts in the mouth. If we chew more food, less stomach acid is secreted. Gastrointestinal problems are reduced. Also, bad breath is felt less. Dry mouth can also cause this complaint. Consumed foods are also very important. it has been proven that spicy and carbohydrate foods increase bad breath. I advise citizens to consume plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum between iftar and sahur. “