Denture adhesives causing toxic zinc levels and copper deficiency
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Several popular denture adhesives have been found to cause life-threatening mineral imbalances
If you use Fixodent, Poligrip or Super Poligrip to secure your dentures, please be aware that it has been determined that these and some other denture adhesives contain zinc in amounts that, over time, lead to an over-abundance of zinc and even zinc poisoning.
Another side effect is that the zinc imbalance further affects copper levels, leading to copper deficiency.
Consumers are now being advised to switch to a zinc-free denture adhesive and there is information on those options below as well as information on the symptoms of having too much zinc or not enough copper in the body.
Partial list of symptoms of zinc poisoning or copper deficiency:
Problems with balance
Nausea and Vomiting
Numbness in hands or feet
Unexplained pain or tingling in legs or arms
Drop in sperm count
Tasting metal in your mouth
Weakness in hands, arms and legs
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
Nerve sheath damage
Partial list of symptoms of copper deficiency:
If toxic zinc levels end up leading to copper deficiency, the list of symptoms and side effects becomes even more extensive and alarming and includes:
Disturbances in brain function
Ruptured blood vessels including vessels in the heart
Fatique and weakness
Compromised thyroid function
I’d suspect that anyone using these products for a year or more probably is in danger of having toxic zinc levels and / or copper deficiency.
If you have any of the side effects or symptoms listed below, please check with your doctor. Also, please consider switching to a zinc-free denture adhesive. One that I was able to find (I’m sure many others will be popping up in days to come) is called Secure Denture Adhesive. Others reported to be zinc-free dental adhesives (which I could not verify on their websites) are Sea-Bond and Effergrip.
CVS Pharmacy carried Effergrip and Walmart carried Seabond, which is actually not an adhesive cream but a cloth wafer coated in adhesive that must be cut and molded to the denture.
I couldn’t find any pharmacy chains or big stores like Walmart that carry Secure so you may have to order online. Hopefully, the folks who make Secure Denture Adhesive will soon have the product available in some large change where waiting for the order to arrive will not be necessary.
If you want to order online, here is the Secure Dental Products website.