Denture Cream Dangers: The Controversy over Zinc

Zinc in Super PoliGrip denture creamZinc will be removed from PoliGrip denture cream, announced manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.

Hundreds of denture patient lawsuits are being consolidated in federal court. The manufacturers of zinc-based denture creams are accused of failing to warn consumers about the health risks of long-term zinc exposure.

Glaxo maintains that its products are safe when used as directed. However, when dentures don’t fit well, patients may compensate by using extra cream. After years, this can lead to neurological problems

Zinc was approved by the FDA 15 years ago for use in denture cream. Prior to 2008, manufacturers did not disclose the zinc content of their products.

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