Islamic Fasting and Oral Health and Diseases

Document Type: Review Article

Authors

1 Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases Research Center, School of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 Professor of Endodontics, Dental Research Center, School of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

3 Associate Professor of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

Abstract

Fasting is a religious obligation, which can be challenging for individuals with oral conditions due to its stringent code of conduct. Moreover, food abstinence during fasting can restrict oral feeding even further in patients whose nutrition has been already compromised. Previous research has mainly concentrated on oral hygiene and gum health, disregarding orodental conditions and diseases. This highlights the importance of further research in this regard. In this paper, we intended to clarify the correlation between fasting and oral injections, bleeding following tooth extraction, and brushing to overcome common misconceptions which indicate the breach of religious disciplines under such circumstances. We also aimed to determine the grave effects of fasting on health in case of severe immunological deficiencies, chronic oral ulcers and certain drug administration protocols for those with rigid religious beliefs.

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