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today i made the mistake of using isopropyl alchahol instead of my usual mouthwash, and then i read it is harmful to the mouth, will that damage heal?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Yes: as long as you do not have painful sores with eating and drinking, you should be fine
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Of course: Isopropyl alcohol is dangerous to swallow (esp. large amounts) but in the mouth is just a mild irritant. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal themselves and the mucous membranes of the mouth heal the quickest. If you have ever burned your mouth on pizza or other hot food, no matter how bad the burn it is usually all better the next day. Any damage should fully heal very quickly.

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Last updated Dec 26, 2014

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