Popular denture creams such as Poligrip, Super Poligrip, Fixodent and other creams have been found to contribute to zinc toxicity, leading to many forms of neurological injuries. Denture creams are classified as Class 1 drugs, thereby not requiring zinc to be listed on the label or packaging.
If you use denture cream you may be surprised, and a bit scared, to learn that The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has found a tie between popular denture creams, such as Poligrip, Super Poligrip, Fixodent and zinc toxicity. Denture creams are classified as Class 1 drugs, thereby not requiring zinc to be listed on the label or packaging.
The Wall Street Journal Reported in February, 2010, that GlaxoSmithKline voluntarily stopped production of their Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care products due to their awareness of “potential health problems associated with long-term use of (their) zinc-containing denture adhesive products.”
Exposure to high levels of zinc inhibits the body from absorbing copper, an element we need to function properly. Low levels of copper can cause hypocupremia and serious neurologic disease including weakness in the hand, arms and legs which can impair balance, walking and in severe cases, cause a dependence on walkers and wheelchairs. In addition, cognitive and/or mental deficits have been reported as well as urinary incontinence.
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