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Please explain if it is really bad to swallow tooth paste?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Toothpaste

Swallowing a little toothpaste while you are brushing your teeth is normal and nothing to, worry about.
Eating toothpaste on the other hand is not a good thing as the Fluoride in it can cause an upset stomach. This is much more of an issue if you are talking about a small child eating a lot of toothpaste.

In brief: Toothpaste

Swallowing a little toothpaste while you are brushing your teeth is normal and nothing to, worry about.
Eating toothpaste on the other hand is not a good thing as the Fluoride in it can cause an upset stomach. This is much more of an issue if you are talking about a small child eating a lot of toothpaste.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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2 comments
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Children should use a fluoride-free toothpaste until they know how to rinse and spit. See your Dentist or Pediatric Dentist for guidelines.
Dr. Robert Devin
Tooth paste eating and swallowing is a Medical emergency!! Especially In those under 8 years old. Two things ...Have the child drink 8 ounzes of Milk. Secondly take the child immediately to the ER. Tell them What happened. They will know what to do. Do Not Delay!
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Not food

Won't hurt you, it's not toxic, but it isn't too smart.
Toothpaste isn't food. Use exactly as directed on the label.

In brief: Not food

Won't hurt you, it's not toxic, but it isn't too smart.
Toothpaste isn't food. Use exactly as directed on the label.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Dentistry

In brief: It's not a good

Habit to routinely swallow it, but if it's an isolated occurance there should be no problem. Hope this helps.

In brief: It's not a good

Habit to routinely swallow it, but if it's an isolated occurance there should be no problem. Hope this helps.
Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Not a problem

Potentially toxic dose = 6 mg of Fluoride per kg of body weight.
For a 70 kg adult, the lethal dose of 4.2 grams of Fluoride would require swallowing at least 4 liters of toothpaste, or 20 whole 200 ml tubes of toothpaste, which is impossible. You are safe.

In brief: Not a problem

Potentially toxic dose = 6 mg of Fluoride per kg of body weight.
For a 70 kg adult, the lethal dose of 4.2 grams of Fluoride would require swallowing at least 4 liters of toothpaste, or 20 whole 200 ml tubes of toothpaste, which is impossible. You are safe.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry

In brief: Not bad but

Not encouraged as excess flourid in paste can have potential harms.

In brief: Not bad but

Not encouraged as excess flourid in paste can have potential harms.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: No

At your age, not really.
Young children should not because we don't want them to get too much fluoride.

In brief: No

At your age, not really.
Young children should not because we don't want them to get too much fluoride.
Dr. Joel Doyon
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