WebDental

Social network for dentists and dental professionals to share news and ideas.

Zinc Poisoning Linked to Popular Denture Creams

Reports Suggest Overuse of Fixodent and Older Version of Poligrip May Cause Nerve Damage:
By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
dentures

Feb. 15, 2011 -- Many cases of mysterious nerve damage turn out to be caused by overuse of popular denture products, an increasing number of reports suggests.

The culprit: zinc in Fixodent, from Procter & Gamble, and -- until it became zinc-free last May -- Poligrip from GlaxoSmithKline.

The body needs zinc. But because the body balances zinc and copper, people who get way too much zinc have dangerously low levels of copper. Moreover, zinc overdose itself may be toxic.

The result is bone marrow suppression and degeneration of the spinal cord, usually resulting in crippling nerve damage. It's been called "human swayback disease."

This may be a good reason for edentulous patients to explore implant therapy to retain dentures more securely or for implant supported restorations.

Read full article: http://webmd.com/oral-health/news/20110215/zinc-poisoning-linked-to...

Views: 91

Comment

You need to be a member of WebDental to add comments!

Join WebDental

WebDental Facebook Fan Page

Latest Activity

Dr Nishant Vaishnav posted a blog post
yesterday
Titanium Dental Clinic posted a status
Monday
Titanium Dental Clinic updated their profile
Monday
Profile IconForeversmile Dentistry, Biscayne Dental Center, Isidro Brown and 1 more joined WebDental
Jun 14
Dr. Orest Frangopol posted a blog post

OC Dental Implants: The Best Same Day Dental Implants Provider in California

Do you have a missing tooth that is affecting your self-confidence and making you feel embarrassed…See More
Jun 14
Friendly Dental Group of South P is now a member of WebDental
Jun 13
Allen Gotora posted a blog post

How to Sleep Well after Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is a simple process in most cases. Once the tooth has been pulled, your dentist…See More
Jun 13
Tariq Drabu posted a blog post

5 reasons dentures may be right for you

Movies and TV shows make dentures look like a moose on the ice, slippery and unstable. Well, let…See More
Jun 12

© 2018   Created by WebDental.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service