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Nicola Luigi Bragazzic

Nicola Luigi Bragazzic

University of Genoa, Italy

Title: Ramadan fasting and oral pathologies

Biography

He was born on the 2nd of March in 1986 in Carrara (MS), Tuscany (Italy) and is currently a MD, a MSc, a PhD and a resident in Public Health. He got his MD (medical degree) on the 15th of July in 2011 with a final mark of 110/110 cum laude with a thesis on Personalized Nanomedicine ("Nanomolecular aspects of medicine, at the cutting-edge of the nanobiosciences in the field of health-care") and the joint Italo-Russian MSc (Master of Science) in nanobiotechnologies at Lomonosov Moscow State University (27th April 2012). He got his PhD in nanochemistry and nanobiotechnology at Marburg University, Germany with a final mark of “very good” and is currently a resident in Public Health at University of Genoa, Italy, 3rd year. He is author and/or co-author of several publications.

Abstract

Ramadan fasting represents one of the five pillars of the Islam creed. Even though patients are exempted from observing this religious duty, they could be willing to take part into the religious ceremonies. Here, we review the extant literature focusing on the impact of Ramadan fasting on patients suffering from oral pathologies. From the collected evidences, we can claim that: 1) trans-cultural counseling of patients suffering from oral diseases is extremely important; 2) Muslim subjects could experience malodour and halitosis; the exact etiology of this phenomenon is complex, due to the accumulation of sulphur-containing compounds in the oral cavity, a decrease in salivation and changes in the oral microflora. An accurate oral hygiene when breaking the fast is recommended, for example using miswak which has anti-bacterial properties; 3) dental operations can be performed using special precautions, changing drugs and administering intramuscular or trans-dermal treatment instead of oral agents; appointments can be delayed or postponed, if necessary and possible; 4) patients with chronic systemic diseases, and especially metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, should take care of their oral cavity; 5) mouthwash and mouth-rinsing without water swallowing are allowed practices in Islam and ameliorate athletic performances, even though some patients or subjects could be reluctant to do it, perceiving these practices as a break of the fast.