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Brushing One’s Teeth
===Brushing One’s Teeth===
# On the other fast days a person who would be distressed by not rinsing out his mouth can do so but not on Tisha B'av.<ref>Halachos of the Three Weeks by Rabbi Eider p. 19</ref>
# According to Ashkenazim, one shouldn't brush one's teeth on a fast day unless one will be in pain by not brushing, such as someone who brushes daily. Since Tisha B'Av is more severe, one shouldn't brush one's teeth on Tisha B'Av unless not brushing will cause oneself major pain.<ref>Piskei Teshuvot 567:1 and Sh”t Minchat Yitzchak 4:109 hold that brushing teeth has the same status as rinsing one's teeth. Similarly, [http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/815334/Rabbi_Aryeh_Lebowitz/Ten_Minute_Halacha_-_Brushing_Teeth_on_a_Fast_Day Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz] explained that someone who usually brushes and not brushing a whole day will cause one pain is allowed to brush on a minor fast day. Furthermore, based on Rav Schachter's opinion that all toothpaste is kosher since it isn't a food, Rabbi Lebowitz posits that one can certainly make the argument that brushing one's teeth is more lenient than rinsing one's mouth and is permitted on a fast day.</ref> According to Sephardim, those who regularly brush their teeth with toothbrush and toothpaste may brush on a fast day with less than a [[Revi'it]] of water but they should bend over while rinsing so as not to swallow the water. <Ref>
* Chazon Ovadyah (Arba Taniyot pg 28) rules that those who regularly brush their teeth with toothbrush and toothpaste may brush on a fast day with less than a [[Revi'it]] of water as long as they bend over while rinsing and spit it out afterwards. [http://www.dailyhalacha.com/Display.asp?ClipDate=3/8/2009 Rabbi Mansour on DailyHalacha.com] agrees but adds that one shouldn't even gargle.

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