Thank you for this website. I have learnt a lot from your answers. Could you tell me if using toothpaste on a toothbrush in order to clean the teeth is prohibited during fasting in the month of Ramadhan?
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JazaakAllah for your encouraging remarks on our website.
Although using toothpaste to clean one’s teeth is neither ‘eating’ nor ‘drinking’, and therefore its use, while in a fast, cannot be termed as prohibited, however using toothpaste is not only likely to leave a taste in one’s mouth but may also be unintentionally swallowed while brushing the teeth. I would, therefore prefer to brush my teeth without putting toothpaste on the brush, while in a fast. It should remain clear that this is a matter of one’s personal preference only. You may, if you like, opt to brush your teeth with toothpaste. Unless a person starts eating the toothpaste, which obviously no person in his senses would, using toothpaste – with due care – to clean one’s teeth cannot be termed as prohibited in the Shari`ah.
28th December 1999