Will swallowing mouth wash hurt my microflora?

Answered on March 04, 2014
Created March 04, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I swallowed mouth wash this morning in a rush. I felt fine after, it was a cap full. But I've become paranoid about my gut health and wondering if it would harm my gut flora or body? I mean if those get rid of bacteria in mouth wouldn't it harm the bacteria in my intestines and body?

When you take antibiotics don't you have to take multiple doses to get rid of anything?

I really just want my intestinal flora to be fine. I feel like they are one key aspect of good health and skin. I can finally sometimes splurge and eat a treat like a gluten free, dairy free brownie once a month without paying for it.

So annoying that people that eat one salad and a majority of crapola can look healthier than me.

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on March 04, 2014
at 05:53 PM

It's like taking slightly watered down shot of liquor, assuming you're talking original Listerine-like stuff. I'd probably avoid it so you don't get pulled over smelling like you drank.

The cetyl pyridinium stuff (no-burn mouthwash) is not likely to do anything, as it gets rapidly diluted in your GI.

Fluoride rinses shouldn't hit microflora, but probably not a good idea to regularly consume large doses of fluoride for other reasons.

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