Listerine Mouthwash Burnt the Tongue

Posted by Simmone (Malaysia) on 07/27/2006

Ted: Someone adulterated my listerine mouthwash and it burnt my tongue; after rinsing off, I took my toothbrush to brush of the chemicals, but the toothbrush caused many small cuts on my tender tongue. It has been four months and I can see small cuts all over my tongue which is painful; especially when the condition of my tongue is acidic. Can the cuts heal? Even blisters can heal in a week but not these cuts. Please advise

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
388 posts

Simmone: Tongues often heal faster then any part of your body with possible exception that either the tongue is severely burned or that the body's pH balance is not in balanced. Acid tongue is a common condition I have seen and the best way to stop the acid tongue so the tongue can heal is to prepare a baking soda mouth wash and neutralized the acid as often as possible. This means 1 or 2 mouthwash with baking soda a day. Also it is necessary to take twice a day 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for at least two weeks to reduce this condition.

It is also important to add 1/8 teaspoon of either potassium citrate or potassium bicarbonate also so that both the intracellular or extracellular fluids is properly buffered with the baking soda and potassium bicarbonate. Once the acid tongue is removed, then it is possible for the tongue to heal. Many times an oral paste (use to treat mouth ulcers) applied to the tongue will really help it heal by keeping the tongue dry. Many drug store will have oral pastes, but usually for gums however this can be applied to the tongue.

Toothbrushes are often not a good vehicle for brushing the tongues since often the bristles can be quite hard especially for sensitive tongue. You need to find a fairly soft bristles if it is possible or just avoid them especially this time while the tongue is healing itself.