Many popular denture cream brands, such as Fixodent and Poligrip, contain the mineral zinc. Although a small amount of zinc is necessary for a healthy and balanced diet, zinc is poisonous when ingested in large amounts. Symptoms of denture cream poisoning from zinc may include:

  • weakness
  • loss of sensation
  • tingling in the extremities
  • numbness
  • neuropathy

People who experience denture cream poisoning symptoms should inform their doctor immediately. If not detected early and treated, the effects of denture cream poisoning can be permanent. Fortunately, diagnosing denture cream poisoning simply requires a blood test for zinc and copper levels. People suffering from denture cream poisoning typically have high levels of zinc and low levels of copper in their blood.

Denture Cream Poisoning Study

In August 2008, a study published in the journal “Neurology reported on four denture cream users suffering from neuropathy and other denture cream poisoning symptoms. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, concluded that zinc contained in denture creams could have been responsible for the patients’ symptoms. It noted that while one tube of denture cream should last 3 to 10 weeks, patients in the report were all using at least two tubes of denture cream a week.

People with poorly-fitting dentures sometimes use large amounts of Fixodent or Poligrip to fix the problem. Unfortunately, these people are often unaware of the risk of denture cream poisoning, as the Fixodent and Poligrip labels do not contain warnings about neuropathy or zinc toxicity. Indeed, some denture cream labels do not even list zinc as an ingredient.

To help prevent denture cream poisoning from Fixodent or Poligrip, patients with poorly-fitting dentures should seek professional help, and possibly have their dentures replaced, instead of using more denture cream. Additionally, people with dentures should see their dentist at least once a year in order to make sure their dentures fit properly.

Denture Cream Poisoning Lawyer

Several individuals have filed Fixodent lawsuitsPoligrip lawsuits or other denture cream lawsuits alleging that the manufacturers of denture creams should be held accountable for failing to warn consumers about potential denture cream side effects. If you or a loved one has experienced serious denture cream poisoning symptoms, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Contact our Fixodent lawyers, Poligrip lawyers or denture cream poisoning lawyers today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by