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If the child swallowed more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount swallowed, call the Poison Center Hotline immediately at 800-222-1222. The call is free and confidential.

Toothpaste

Also Known As:

Crest, Colgate, Close-Up, Pepsodent, Sensodyne

toothpaste

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

While toothpaste is minimally toxic in small amounts, flouride can be toxic in larger amounts. If your child swallowed more than twice the amount used for brushing or is vomiting, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Possible Symptoms

Your child may experience some nausea or vomiting.

What To Do

If your child is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting.

If your child experiences more than one episode of vomiting, or they ate more than twice the amount used for brushing, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Also Known As

Crest, Colgate, Close-Up, Pepsodent, Sensodyne

What It Is

Most types of toothpaste contain fluoride. Other ingredients can include sorbitol.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

Your child may experience some nausea or vomiting.

What To Do

If your child is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting.

If your child experiences more than one episode of vomiting, or they ate more than twice the amount used for brushing, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Toxicity

Toothpaste is minimally toxic if ingested in small amounts. Fluoride can be toxic in large amounts. Toothpaste contains a low concentration of fluoride, so ingestion of a small amount is unlikely to cause toxicity.

If your child has ingested more than twice the amount used for brushing, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation. Calling IPC is free and confidential.

Eye Exposure

If your child has gotten this substance in his or her eyes, please view our eye exposure information.

 

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