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Is Single Incident Of Brushing Teeth With Hydrocortisone A Cause For Concern?

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Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2015
Question: Danger of brushing teeth with hydrocortisone?
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (44 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Single incident of brushing teeth with hydrocortisone is not a concern

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX,
Thanks for writing in to us.

I have read through your query in detail.
Please find my observations below.

1. I understand that you have accidentally used a cream containing hydrocortisone to brush your teeth instead of using a regular toothpaste.

2. The amount of hydrocortisone in cream is less and if you have used it to brush your teeth on a single occasion then it is not going to cause any serious side effects or adverse events.

3. I hope you realized it soon enough and spit out the substance and rinsed your mouth with water to get rid of it.

4. If a significant amount of hydrocortisone is ingested and has entered the stomach then it might cause mild gastritis. Taking an antacid and drinking adequate fluids will relieve symptoms.

5. If you are asking about any other situation concerning brushing teeth with hydrocortisone then please write back with details and I will reply back at the earliest.

Hope this answers your question. Please feel free to correct any oversight in my interpretation of your problems and discuss them in detail as per your requirements.

Hope your query is answered.
Do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
Dr.Vivek
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Is Single Incident Of Brushing Teeth With Hydrocortisone A Cause For Concern?

Brief Answer: Single incident of brushing teeth with hydrocortisone is not a concern Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX, Thanks for writing in to us. I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. 1. I understand that you have accidentally used a cream containing hydrocortisone to brush your teeth instead of using a regular toothpaste. 2. The amount of hydrocortisone in cream is less and if you have used it to brush your teeth on a single occasion then it is not going to cause any serious side effects or adverse events. 3. I hope you realized it soon enough and spit out the substance and rinsed your mouth with water to get rid of it. 4. If a significant amount of hydrocortisone is ingested and has entered the stomach then it might cause mild gastritis. Taking an antacid and drinking adequate fluids will relieve symptoms. 5. If you are asking about any other situation concerning brushing teeth with hydrocortisone then please write back with details and I will reply back at the earliest. Hope this answers your question. Please feel free to correct any oversight in my interpretation of your problems and discuss them in detail as per your requirements. Hope your query is answered. Do write back if you have any doubts. Regards, Dr.Vivek