Common Health problems during fasting – Preventing Bad Breath


Hilal Committee Statement – Ramadhan 1427 AH

1st of Ramadhan 1427 AH is expected to be:

Sunday 24 September 2006 for Mu’mineen residing in the East Indies, South India, Saudi Arabia, sub-Sahara Africa, South and Central America and the Southern Belt of USA.

Monday 25 September 2006 for Mu’mineen in the rest of the world.

Based on our community sighting criteria, the crescent would not be sighted anywhere on earth on Friday 22 September 2006. The first sighting of the crescent should InshaaAllah occur in the Indian Ocean on Saturday 23 September, 2006. Mu’mineen in Jakarta, Indonesia should be the first to be able to sight the crescent.

Should the crescent be sighted as expected, in accordance with the rulings of Ayatullah Seestani (based on the Theory of Differing Horizons), 1 Ramadhaan 1427 will be on Sunday 24 September, 2006 for Mu’mineen residing in the East Indies, South India, Saudi Arabia, sub-Sahara Africa, South and Central America and the Southern Belt of USA. Monday 25 September, 2006 for Mu’mineen residing in the rest of the world. The Hilal committee has assigned teams across the world to provide it with information on the sighting of the crescent. The Hilal Committee will inshallah confirm the sightings and issue a statement on the eve of the new month.

Common Health problems during fasting – Preventing Bad Breath

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The holy month of Ramadhan is once again around the corner, when Muslims all over the world will be fasting. One of the most common complaints during fasting is the bad breath that people experience. This condition, in medical terms, is called halitosis. The Central Health Board (CHB) of Africa Federation advices on what causes bad breath and how can it be prevented?

Causes of bad breath can be broadly classified into local causes and systemic causes. Causative factors within the mouth are termed local causes. Causes due to factors or diseases of the body, such as diabetes, smoking, kidney disease and stomach upset are known as systemic causes. We will be limiting our discussion to local causes only

Local Causes: Within the human mouth there are numerous kinds of bacteria, which, as by-products, give out sulphides and ammonia which are the main causes of bad breath. Hence the amount of bacteria has to be controlled, and conditions that cause them to thrive have to be eliminated

These factors are:

  1. Poor oral hygiene caused by not brushing or improper tooth brushing technique
  2. A dirty tongue
  3. Cavities in the teeth
  4. Gum disease caused by plaque and tartar
  5. Dirty dentures, false teeth and other fixed appliances in the mouth

After having identified the causes, we can now deal with how to prevent bad breath, especially while fasting.

  1. Brushing one’s teeth after every meal, preferably early morning (at Sehri time)
  2. Flossing one’s teeth which means cleaning between the teeth using special thread called dental floss. Use of toothpicks is not advisable for this purpose.
  3. Use of a tongue or using a toothbrush to clean the tongue.
  4. Use of an anti-bacterial mouthwash. A non-alcoholic mouthwash should be used as alcohol causes a dry mouth which can aggravate the problem.
  5. Cavities in the teeth should be filled promptly to prevent food accumulation within them.
  6. Removal of tartar on teeth by a dentist at least once every six months.
  7. Drink at least 2 –3 glasses of water at Sehri time.

A bad stomach can also cause bad breath so one would have to check on his diet during the holy month to prevent a stomach upset and halitosis.

Foul-smelling mouths are offensive to other people therefore it is important to spend some time and follow the simple precautions and methods mentioned to prevent this problem.

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4 thoughts on “Common Health problems during fasting – Preventing Bad Breath”

  1. Aslam-u-alaikum:
    Waooooo……I really needed to know that.All are Good advices
    I have one too, i think if one does not sleep during fasting or at least before they are going out somewhere, then they will not have as bad breath as after sleeping because we can not use toothpaste during fast.

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  2. Since tongue can be a major cause of bad breath, another option is to use a tongue scraper. It works more effectively than normal toothbrushes.

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