Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 1954–1967 | Cite as

The Role of the Qur’an and Sunnah in Oral Health

  • Janine Owens
  • Wesam Sami
Original Paper


The aim of this study was to explore the ways in which the main texts in Islam, Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), contribute to understandings of oral health. The AHadith provide guidance for oral health-related behaviour but were written at a time when their symbolic meanings were perhaps vastly different to those of today. In gaining more insight into the ways Islamic HRB shape oral health-related practices and outcomes, if at all, we may be better placed to develop a more culturally sensitive and diverse dental public health and oral health promotion which takes into account religious dimensions, mediating factors, HRB and salutogenic mechanisms.


Oral health Islam Qur’an Sunnah Religiosity Health promotion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academic Unit of Dental Public HealthUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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