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Mouth water and toothpaste, two essential products for dental hygiene are not as harmless as you might think. If swallowed, they can have very serious effects, especially in children. See who these are!


What happens if you swallow toothpaste? It's worse than you imagined
What happens if you swallow toothpaste? It's worse than you imagined


If you have young children in your house, you probably have your medicines, alcohol and detergents in a safe place. But did you know that you should put toothpaste or mouth water next to them? These are dangerous if swallowed, even for adults.


What happens if you swallow toothpaste? It's worse than you imagined
What happens if you swallow toothpaste? It's worse than you imagined


Mouth water is meant to eliminate bacteria through the disinfectants it contains, but it is only used to rinse the mouth and should not be swallowed even in small quantities. Many such products contain alcohol, but also other dangerous substances, such as chlorhexidine, peroxide or methyl salicylate. Poisoning with these compounds can lead to abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, headache, breathing problems, rapid pulse, sore throat, bloodshed. In severe cases - for example in children who have swallowed large amounts of mouth water - it can lead to loss of consciousness, coma and even death.

Obviously, you can swallow some mouth water, even if you are an adult. In this case you may have stomach pain, diarrhea or nausea, symptoms that will pass soon.

And toothpaste also contains substances that can be dangerous in large quantities - it is sodium fluoride and triclosan. A teaspoon of toothpaste swallowed by a 20-kg child can have serious effects: diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, weakness, tremors, seizures and even heart attack.


In the case of an adult who accidentally swallows small amounts of toothpaste, the effects are usually limited to minor digestive disorders.


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