According to a recent investigative report by ABC news, excessive use of popular denture cream adhesives containing zinc can lead to permanent and debilitating damages, including neuropathy. ABC News interviewed Marc Jacoby, a 41-year old construction worker from York, Pennsylvania, who has been diagnosed with a neurological illness and is currently wheelchair-bound. Mr. Jacoby has worn dentures for twenty years and has used Fixodent during that time to help keep his dentures in place. Mr. Jacoby had no idea why his body was failing until doctors discovered an unusually high level of zinc in his blood, which they believe was caused by the denture product, Fixodent. Mr. Jacoby told ABC News anchor Chris Cuomo “I started getting tingling in my fingertips. And then it started happening in my toes.”

Connection Between Denture Cream and Zinc Poisoning

The first possible connection between Fixodent and high levels of zinc was made five years ago by University of Texas researchers, including Dr. Sharon Nations. Dr. Nations and her colleagues studied four denture cream users with neurological disease and reported that “They had high zinc levels that we could measure in the blood, and all of them reported that they were using very large amounts of denture cream.”

Although that study was completed in 2006, its release was delayed more than two years. The delay is attributed to Dr. Kenneth Shay, a dentist and a peer reviewer of the study. When reviewing the study, Dr. Shay criticized its authors and their conclusions. ABC News reports that at the time of the study, Dr. Shay was a paid consultant to Procter & Gamble, the maker of Fixodent.

ABC News discovered e-mails and documents establishing that Dr. Shay not only made recommendations that caused the authors to water down their conclusions, but also sent draft reports of the study to Procter & Gamble.

It is unclear what, if anything, Procter & Gamble did with the information it received from Dr. Shay.

It was not until 2009 when a new study was published by the journal “Neurology” that P&G took action by adding a new warning label to their Fixodent product.

Contact a Fixodent Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one uses Fixodent, Poligrip, or another brand of denture cream and suffers from symptoms of zinc poisoning, such as pain and numbness in the hands and feet, you should contact one of our Fixodent lawyers immediately to discuss your legal rights and options for pursuing a denture cream lawsuit.

Published November 17, 2011 by