An orthodontist from the Mubadala Health partner gives his tips for maintaining optimal oral health and encouraging fresh breath while fasting

Dr. Khalid Alameri

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The act of fasting can cause bacteria to build up in the mouth, so paying attention to oral hygiene is very important during Ramadan, says the Head of Department of Dentistry at Healthpoint, a Mubadala Health partner.

Dr. Khalid Alameri, a consultant orthodontist, explains that abstaining from drinking water and other liquids during the fasting hours can lead to the development of oral bacteria, a prime culprit in bad breath, cavities and gum disease.

He says, “People need to adapt their oral hygiene routine during Ramadan, being sure to brush their teeth after both iftar and suhoor to prevent bacteria from forming. Most mouth odor originates from the tongue, so using a tongue scraper twice a day will also help.”

He adds that people should not skip suhoor, which would extend the fasting hours and therefore allow more bacteria to build up.

Combatting dehydration is particularly important in avoiding bad breath, Dr Khalid points out. In addition to drinking plenty of liquids and avoiding salt, caffeine and diuretics during non-fasting hours, there are other permissible measures to prevent a dry mouth.

“If care is taken not to swallow any liquid, then the use of mouthwash or rinsing with water will not break the fast. However, some people are uncomfortable with this, so they can use miswak sticks, a natural tooth-cleaning twig, to stimulate salivary flow,” he adds.

Dr Khalid’s top-five tips for fresh breath while fasting

1. When breaking your fast, avoid onions, garlic, smoking and other common causes of bad breath.

2. During non-fasting hours, be sure to drink plenty of water.

3. Brush and floss after both iftar and suhoor.

5. During the fasting hours, use a tongue scraper or miswak sticks and rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, being careful not to swallow.

5. Use an oral pro-biotic to replenish healthy bacteria that may be lost through using too much mouthwash.

Healthpoint’s Dental Clinic uses cutting-edge technology to provide multispecialty dental treatments for adults and children. Its dentists are leaders in cosmetic, restorative, orthodontics, family and oral surgery. Their work is facilitated by an onsite state-of-the-art dental laboratory, enabling groundbreaking treatments and techniques to be implemented quickly.

Additionally, Mubadala Health facilities offer telehealth services across many specialties for the convenience and safety of elderly patients and those with chronic conditions.

About Mubadala Health:

Mubadala Health is the integrated healthcare network of Mubadala Investment Company. Established 2021, Mubadala Health operates, manages, and develops a portfolio of healthcare assets including: Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre (ADTC), Amana Healthcare, Capital Health Screening Centre (CHSC), Healthpoint, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC), and National Reference Laboratory (NRL). In addition, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is an integral part of Mubadala Health. With a vision to transform the regional healthcare landscape, Mubadala Health sets a new benchmark for the UAE and regional healthcare industry through its state-of-the-art facilities and world-class caregivers who strive to put patients first across its continuum of care. Innovation, research, and education are the foundational pillars of Mubadala Health, supporting the further development of a sustainable healthcare sector in line with the vision of Abu Dhabi and the region.

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About Healthpoint:

Healthpoint, a Mubadala Health partner, is a premium hospital with three specialty centers – the Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Center, the Dental Clinic and Musculoskeletal Center. Based in Abu Dhabi and accepting patients throughout the UAE and GCC, the hospital provides community care, grounded in the latest internationally recognized medical approaches.

Healthpoint is committed to working with companies within the Mubadala Health network and with its strategic partners from the world’s best healthcare organizations, as well as other hospitals and clinics locally and regionally. We deliver quality and accessible care and education to everyone, from patients and their families to communities, to achieve better health together. Healthpoint’s innovative care and health programs offer our patients and the community the specific tools they need to make better choices regarding their health and lead healthier, happier, and longer lives.

Healthpoint’s compassionate clinical staff are leaders in their respective fields and combine international standards and latest innovations with local understanding to create a world-class hospital experience. The clinical and non-clinical staff work as one integrated team in a culture that continuously aims to improve patient experience, outcomes and employee engagement. Healthpoint provides full-cycle organized care using the integrated practice unit (IPU) model, which tailors treatment around the individual patient, with every action in the practice complementing the other to increase standards, avoid unnecessary care and simplify each patient’s journey.