What Happens If You Swallow Mouthwash?


Mouthwash has many beneficial effects that resolve the issue of bad breath, plaque formation, and even tooth decay. Great benefits such as these can only be attained by using mouthwash safely and responsibly.

But what happens when you accidentally swallow mouthwash?

Although unlikely, it is possible to swallow mouthwash when you rinse your mouth. As long as the amount is not large, this should not be too much of an issue.

How about swallowing mouthwash in larger quantities?

The number one concern after swallowing a substantial amount of mouthwash is the potentially poisonous substances found in most types of mouthwash.

Fluoride and ethanol are the two main dangerous ingredients to look out for. In situations where mouthwash containing these substances is swallowed in large amounts, it's advisable to call the National Poison Control Center for assistance at 1-800-222-1222. 

What are the main symptoms of poisoning after consuming mouthwash?

If you or someone else has swallowed a large amount of mouthwash you will want to be on the lookout for the following symptoms, in addition to calling the National Poison Control Center:

  1. Dizziness
  2. Difficulty breathing, speaking, or swallowing
  3. Drowsiness
  4. Convulsions (applies to serious cases)
  5. Coma (also applies to serious cases)

When should you consider seeing a doctor?

Seeing a doctor is necessary after swallowing mouthwash, but only in some cases.

If a child swallows mouthwash, it's imperative to seek medical attention. Before you call to seek medical services, be sure to note the brand and the estimated amount of mouthwash that the young one has ingested. You may also be required to provide additional information about the child such as their weight, age, and other information. 

On the other hand, if you or another adult swallows mouthwash in small amounts, it's not always required that you see a doctor. In such cases, it's simply a matter of waiting and watching. 

In some cases, you might experience a minor stomach upset that does resolve after some time. During your wait period, it's important to avoid making yourself vomit.

Just in case you need some extra reassurance, however, you can always seek advice from your doctor.

For larger amounts, you will want to give your doctor or the poison control center a call. In most cases, you will be required to visit a medical center for treatment. Keep in mind that the faster you seek medical attention, the better it is for your recovery process. 

What alternatives to using mouthwash do you have?

There are various alternatives to using mouthwash. 

Gargling with water and salt is the simplest and most cost-effective way of cleaning your mouth. You can even make a homemade mouthwash for this purpose, as some toothpaste companies suggest on their product packaging.

How about using specialty breath freshening products such as gum, candies, and mints?

Also, be sure to brush at least twice a day using a superior-quality toothbrush such as the Usmile Electric Toothbrush

Don't also forget to floss your teeth after brushing using the Usmile Waterpik Flosser so as to reach all tiny spaces that might have been missed by the toothbrush. 

These are just some of the many alternatives to mouthwash. Make sure you do your research to find out more about these alternatives before accepting or dismissing them altogether.

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