Too Much Of Any Zinc Containing Denture Cream Adhesive Can Be Trouble
The Fixodent and PoliGrip denture cream adhesive product lines have recently been in the newsroom, as well as the courtroom, due to issues surrounding their potential for life-threatening side effects. Each of the oral bonding agents contain zinc, which is known to cause problems at high levels in the body. Both products use the metal in their ingredients for two reasons. First, it is an excelling bonding agent, so it helps hold dental prosthetics in place. But it is also helps to control odors, making it a perfect material for holding dentures in place.
Although zinc is a mineral that is common to the food we eat on a regular basis, it can become dangerous over time if it reaches a certain level within the body. Scientific studies have shown, and victims attest, that regular use of products containing high levels of the mineral, such as a denture cream adhesive, can lead to some debilitating and potentially life-long maladies and neurological disorders.
Because it is an essential part of every diet, people often take supplemental amounts of zinc in order to boost the immune system in times of distress. Additionally, the human body requires small amounts in order to maintain a proper internal balance. However, additional products, like Fixodent or PoliGrip, may cause levels to rise quickly and unnaturally, throwing this internal balance off.
The two giant drug companies GlaxoSmithKline and Proctor & Gamble make these products, which they insist are safe for daily use even though they contain the metal. However, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in light of the reports from customers and scientists, is requiring large warnings on packaging indicating that overuse can lead to some very painful side effects.
Many people have dental prosthetics that do not fit firmly against their gum line. For this reason, they can use anywhere between one and two tubes of paste per week. However, the drug manufacturers and consumer groups recommend that a tube last two to three weeks. But buying Fixodent or PoliGrip every week is a far cheaper solution that going back to the dentist to be fitted for a new prosthetic, so many users simply use too much of the paste.
When using these materials, zinc seeps through the lining of the gums. Quickly and easily reaching the blood stream, it can reach dangerously high levels over time, becoming toxic to the body, and causing various neurological problems, commonly called neuropathy. Although some people may exhibit only a fever, or other symptoms that seem like the flu, some victims will experience some or all of the following side effects:
• Numbness in extremities, especially legs
• Tingling in extremities, especially legs
• Loss of balance
• Loss of feeling or sensation
• Unexplained pain anywhere in the body
• Decreased or shrunken walking stride
• Increased falling or stumbling
• Loss of strength in legs or feet
If you begin to exhibit any of the symptoms listed above, immediately contact your doctor. You could also contact your local poison control center, or call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 from anywhere in the United States. Although a medical professional will be able to prescribe the most appropriate round of treatment, you may want to stop using the pastes if you feel that you may have any problems associated with the substance.
If you are diagnosed with a denture cream injury, begin treatment immediately, and seek legal help. An attorney may be able to help you obtain any recompense you are owed in a personal or class action lawsuit.