The announcement was reported by the Associated Press amid a growing number of lawsuits claiming that Zinc caused neurological damage and blood problems in denture cream users.
Poligrip® and Fixodent® are both popular denture adhesives used by millions of Americans. In fact, there are approximately 35 million denture wearers in the United States alone and doctors are beginning to wonder if there is a link between denture adhesives and a variety of serious health issues such as Zinc Poisoning, Hypocupremia, Hyperzincemia and Neuropathy.
What is the problem?
Resource Update: In 2008, the American Academy of Neurology published a study titled, “Denture Cream: An unusual source of excess zinc, leading to hypocupremia and neurologic disease.”
In the study the researchers concluded that, “Denture cream contains zinc, and chronic excessiveuse may result in hypocupremia and serious neurologic disease.”
Recently, a man who had been using Super Poligrip for over eight years filed suit against GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturers of the product. The plaintiff alleges that the undisclosed ingredient Zinc, in the denture cream has caused him permanent damage and that the denture cream has poisoned him.
The permanent damage is a nerve disorder called Neuropathy. Neuropathy is commonly diagnosed in people with diabetes, which the plaintiff is not.
Reported by News 8 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Doctors began to “think outside the box” when they could not determine what caused the man’s Neuropathy. After weeks of medical detective work, University of Texas Southwestern Dr. Bhushan discovered what he believed was wrong. “It was literally Zinc poisoning,” Bhushan said.
Zinc poisoning was at least what two doctors have linked to putting denture adhesives like Poligrip and Fixodent on dentures.
Like most denture adhesives, Poligrip doesn’t list ingredients on the label and the Food & Drug Administration does not require them to do so, as their product is classified as Class 1.
However, News 8 recently reported that they learned the denture paste does contain Zinc, which is used as an odor blocker and bonding agent.
In addition to being swallowed, Zinc can be absorbed through the skin or the gums. News 8 inquiries revealed another popular denture adhesive, Fixodent, also contained Zinc.
“With an estimated 35 million denture wearers in the United States alone, Dr. Bhushan now questions whether the case of zinc poisoning could be far more common and undiagnosed in the older population that typically wears dentures than believed.”
No government agency thus far has found any denture adhesive to be a health hazard.
The plaintiff is hoping that his case will at least result in warnings on labels.
“Even toothpaste has a poison control number,” he said. “This stuff has nothing whatsoever, no warnings, no ingredients, nothing.”
He’s been told the nerve damage he suffered from Zinc poisoning is permanent.