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accidentally swallowed a mouthful of mouthwash! what is the worst that can happen?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Nothing: You will have a nice smelling stomach. Mouthwash is basically a little alcohol with different flavorings, such as oil of spearmint, so there's no harm in swallowing a capful.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is that peeling that comes during mouthwash?

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Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Mucosa: It is the mucosa/lining that sheds as it is constantly replaced.
A 32-year-old female asked:

Our dr. Made "miracle mouthwash." this is what it says on the bottle: "tetra/nysta/hydro/q-dry/cherr." what do each of these mean?

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Dr. Ray Tidman
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Frequently used inER: Mix of liquid tetracane (numbing), nyastatin (antifungal), antacid, and flavoring... Your pharm should give you a complete description or contents.
A 48-year-old member asked:

I'm 80! what type of toothpaste or mouthwash should I use?

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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 35 years experience
Depends: Check with your dentist/hygienist. However, if your mouth is healthy you should be able to use any toothpaste brand. For mouthwash, try using an alcohol free brand. It is the actual mechanical function (the brushing) which cleanses the teeth.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it even possible for somebody to become intoxicated from using mouthwash?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: If the mouthwash contains alcohol and it is swallowed.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it dangerous if I swallowed a lot of mouthwash?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry 45 years experience
How much is a lot?: As paracelsus once stated, "the poison is in the dose". All substances have a threshold dosage that, when exceeded, will cause toxicity. This would apply for mouthwash as well. So, mouthwash should not be consumed, but should be expectorated. If functional control of swallowing is impaired due to neurological, structural, or neuromuscular disease, mouthwash should not be used.

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