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Author: Kay Sager


It's doubtful if any denture wearer considered nerve damage or neuropathy when the first tube of denture cream was purchased. Did any of the over 35 million people sporting new teeth in the United States think their over the counter tube of Poligrip or Fixodent could be poisonous to their body? Probably not but that's exactly what is happening and our lawyers want justice for you. Are you a victim of toxic zinc poisoning resulting in nerve damage or neuropathy, a painful and debilitating condition, associated with Poligrip and Fixodent use?

GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of Poligrip have been in the courts for failing to disclose or warn consumers that it added zinc as a bonding agent to certain Poligrip denture creams. It is alleged that including that element in the ingredient mix without informing consumers put denture users at risk of zinc poisoning from ingesting excessive amounts of denture adhesive. It's grossly troubling that the consumer should suffer from irresponsible decisions made by 'big business'.

Our bodies need zinc, a significant nutrient. But undue amounts can lead to copper depletion, which can result in neurological problems such as tingling and numbness in the hands or feet, poor balance and coordination, and weakness plus pain in the extremities. Too much denture cream zinc is also linked to nerve damage and neuropathy, often a severe and enfeebling disorder.

Neuropathy, caused by damaged nerves, is often the outcome of poor nutrition or diabetes. Sometimes it is a reaction to toxins or particular drugs, such as chemotherapy. Immoderate levels of zinc from too much Fixodent or Poligrip certainly qualify. The bottom line…neuropathy is distressingly diabolical and can leave the afflicted person permanently disabled.

Symptoms of neuropathy vary. Some are the same as the aforementioned maladies tied to other neurological problems such as tingling, numbness, poor balance and coordination, extremity weakness and pain. Loss of the ability to move hands, arms, feet or legs, and decrease in walking stride can occur. Unfortunately, these ailments are frequently misdiagnosed and confused with other illnesses such as multiple sclerosis.

Neuropathy's progression might additionally display the following: abnormal blood pressure and heart rate, reduced ability to perspire, sexual dysfunction, and constipation or bladder issues. No one should suffer these consequences, especially when they are preventable.

One tube of denture cream lasts about three to ten weeks, according to researchers at Dallas's University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who determined that excessive amounts used could cause nerve damage and neuropathy. Their study appeared in the Neurology medical journal after following four denture-wearing patients who developed nerve damage after using more than the advised application of adhesive on a daily basis. The subjects confessed to using at least two tubes per week. Since three users lost their teeth when young, they had been applying large amounts of denture cream daily for innumerable years.

Based on product use, researchers calculated that each patient was exposed to at least 330 mg of zinc daily, a staggering amount for both men and women. The norm is 10 mg for men and 8 mg for women. As a probable result, all four exhibited symptoms of nerve damage from the high levels of zinc in the blood and abnormally low copper levels.

Most denture wearers are oblivious that denture cream contains zinc. In the body, zinc paired with copper regulates a lot of the neurological activity but too much zinc can be toxic and cause copper depletion. The finale could be life threatening nerve damage including the painful and permanent nerve disorder, neuropathy.

Fixodent and Poligrip, among other denture creams, are in the fraternity of Class 1 medical devices…meaning the FDA does not require warning labels that simply state excessive amounts could lead to zinc poisoning, neurological horrors, escalating to neuropathy.


It's despicable. Our law firm cares and we will attain the justice you deserve.


About the author: The author is a writer for the law firm Parker, Waichman, Alonso LLP, specializing in consumer health issues.


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