Help! My Mouth Just Turned Black

A few years ago, I had problems with acid indigestion. Everything I ate stayed on my stomach. My solution? I tried Pepto-Bismal tablets. The instructions say to chew them, but I didn’t bother to read the instructions, I took two and let them melt in my mouth while I slept.

The next morning I was in complete shock when my tongue, my teeth, and the inside of my mouth was completely black. I rinsed, I brushed, I did everything before visiting my local pharmacist. He laughed when I told him about my problem because he had already guessed what the problem was.

“Did you, by any chance, take Pepto-Bismal last night?” he asked. I wondered how he knew, until he went further to explain that when swallowed, Pepto-Bismal coats your stomach. He said that coating is of a shade of black, quite close to the color of my lips and tongue at the time. I then remembered the tablets I took last night.

A simple solution of rinsing with baking soda, and a good lesson learned. I am happy to say that my mouth went back to the red/pink color that it was supposed to be. Whew…at first I thought I had some sort of incurable disease…

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