Accidental phosphoric acid ingestion?

Accidental phosphoric acid ingestion? Topic: Aspirin synthesis sulfuric acid catalyst
July 16, 2019 / By Darcey
Question: My friend who works on a farm somehow managed to accidentally mistake some form of phosphoric acid (a milk tank acid detergent) for his drink, and ended up putting it in his mouth. He didn't swallow any of it, but he is now complaining that his teeth feel very strange. I would assume that he has quite possibly damaged his enamel, but I am quite in the dark on the whole. Any answers, trivia, or responses on what has/will happen, should/should not be done now, or anything would be warmly welcomed! He happens to be adamant about not receiving any medical attention until he knows for certain that it is something that needs to be seen to
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Brande Brande | 8 days ago
Phosphoric acid is used in dentistry and orthodontics as an etching solution, to clean and roughen the surfaces of teeth where dental appliances or fillings will be placed. Phosphoric acid is also an ingredient in over the counter anti-nausea medications which also contain high levels of sugar (glucose and fructose). It should not be used by diabetics without consultation with a doctor. Phosphoric acid is also used as a catalyst in the synthesis of aspirin because it provides a larger number of hydrogen ions with less contamination when compared to hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid.[2] He needs to see his dentist ASAP!!
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