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Are Denture Adhesives Hazardous To Your Health?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

If you, or someone you know, is a denture wearer, you should be aware that there is new evidence that denture adhesives may be hazardous to your health and that the Food and Drug Administration is taking action.


The culprit is zinc, which is found in a number of denture creams, and the risk can be avoided with New Jersey Prosthodonist, Dr. James Courey, dental implants.


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Both ABC News' "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Good Morning America" recently reported that long term and excessive use of zinc-containing denture adhesives could result in "serious and irreversible neurological damage."

 

The FDA, which has received hundreds of complaints that long term overuse of one popular denture adhesive containing zinc caused serious nerve damage, is urging manufacturers of all denture creams with zinc to remove it from their products.

 
According to the FDA,consumers most at risk include people using excessive amounts ofzinc-containing products over extended periods of time and people with poor fitting dentures.

 

1) The package labeling may not list zinc as an ingredient.

2) Users may not be aware that overexposure to zinc may lead to zinc toxicity, which may result in adverse health effects.
3) Adverse events may not manifest themselves for months to years while using the product and consumers may assume such events are caused by something other than the denture adhesive.

 

Implant prosthodontist, Dr. James Courey has welcomed news for denture wearers who are concerned about the effects of zinc toxicity and who will appreciate no longer to have to use any adhesives: In a few visits, in most cases, we can easily add as few as two dental implants beneath a denture – providing a level of retention, security and comfort impossible to achieve with adhesives.

 

These dental implants, which act as anchors to which the denture is firmly attached, can truly be life altering for long-suffering denture wearers. Call New Jersey Top Dentist, Dr. James Courey at his Manalapan, Monmouth County office, 732-298-6551.


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