Does Brushing Teeth Break Your Fast?

Two Islamic viewpoints from different schools of thought have been presented regarding brushing teeth during fasting or in Ramadan.
Brushing Teeth Break Your Fast

In the name of Allah the Most Merciful and the Most Beneficial. May peace be upon the Holy Prophet peace be upon him.

As the holy month of Ramadan comes near people become more considerate about the guidelines for oral care during this divine time. Fasting means to refrain from food and water from dawn till sunset. There are detailed guidelines for fasting let’s delve into the intricacies of oral care during Ramadan.

A common question that usually arises during Ramadan is whether brushing is allowed during this month or not.

Does Toothpaste Break Fast?

According to scholars using toothpaste for brushing teeth is generally allowed during fasting, as long as toothpaste is not swallowed. However, the use of a Miswak, a traditional teeth-cleaning twig, is highly recommended and holds significant value in Islamic tradition, especially before prayers and upon waking in the morning.


  • According to the Hanbali school, using toothpaste while fasting is forbidden; if any gets in the throat, the fast might be deemed invalid.
  • The Hanafi school of scholars advises against using a toothbrush and toothpaste during a fast, preferring to use a miswak. Nevertheless, the fast is still in effect if toothpaste is inadvertently used without being consumed.

Bottom Line

During Suhur (the meal eaten before dawn), people might decide to use a flavorless miswak or clean their teeth with toothpaste. But failing to brush at Suhur does not negate the legitimacy of the fast, and if necessary, a mistake can be used in its place.

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) teachings are a major source of inspiration for the usage of Miswak, a natural twig used for oral cleanliness. In Islamic culture, it is highly valued for both its spiritual importance and health advantages.

In summary, while opinions may differ, it is recommended to maintain the integrity of the fast by prioritizing the use of a miswak or toothpaste with prudence when fasting.

May Allah give us discernment in our deeds and lead us during this holy month of Ramadan.

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