If you are a user of denture creams and you are online most of the time, you may be wondering how safe your denture creams are. Is there anyone that hasn’t read anything about adhesives with high quantities of zinc? However, some denture creams have been recently associated with neurological problems, comprising peripheral neuropathy, a disorder in the nervecausing pain, tingling in the extremities and numbness.
Zinc is a major component in some denture creams. Though it’s a mineral required for good health, it’s needed only in small amounts. Having zinc in large amounts couldresult inneurological problems like hyperzincemia that could be severe and even lead to death. Research from the SouthwesternMedical Center at the University Of Texas in Dallas that was published in Neurology in August 2008 reported that 4 patients that suffered from neuropathy and other neurological side effects were related to zinc poisoning. They stated that a denture cream tube should last for 3 – 10 weeks, but the patients used at least 2 tubes of denture adhesive weekly.
If you usedenture adhesives, you might be thinking what you should do about adhesives with high quantities of zinc. The difficulty is that denture cream could be thawed by saliva or any drinkable fluids. If zinc is in your denture adhesive, you may end up swallowing it. The more you use denture creams, the more you get zinc. Since denture adhesive does not list out their ingredients, it is hard to know if you are being exposed to zinc.
To counter this situation, many companies are looking for a way to create a product that does not contain zinc. Non-water-soluble denture adhesives are available as they use safe materials similar to what is used at the base of chewing gums. This type of technology helps to make a long lasting and strong bond with the gums. As its non-water soluble it doesn’t dissolve in your mouth and you don’t swallow it.