Do you use denture cream? Long term use of denture creams such as Fixodent has been linked to serious nerve damage. The injuries are caused by zinc, an ingredient in Fixodent and some other dental adhesives.
Zinc is a naturally occurring metal that has many uses in manufacturing. Our bodies also need zinc. Small amounts of zinc help us fight cancer, protect us from infection, and keep our skin acne-free. We get this zinc by eating zinc-rich foods like spinach, seafood, beef, and chocolate, or by taking a multivitamin.
Too much zinc is dangerous. As little as ten times the recommended daily amount can cause zinc poisoning. But zinc poisoning is not the only health risk associated with denture cream. The zinc in our body is carefully balanced with copper. When there is too much zinc the blood, the body can’t absorb copper and a person can become copper deficient. Lack of copper can affect the central nervous system and spinal cord. Symptoms of denture cream copper deficiency may include:
- Sensory changes
- Loss of sensation, tingling, or numbness in the hands and feet
- Burning sensation
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of balance
- Loss of pigmentation in the skin or hair
- Feeling of wearing gloves or socks when the skin is bare
In some cases, the symptoms of copper deficiency can mimic the signs of multiple sclerosis. Some patients end up needing wheelchairs.
If you use denture cream and experience any of these symptoms, stop using the denture cream immediately and see a doctor. You may also want to consult a Quad Cities pharmaceutical injury attorney.
Patients who suffer neurological damage due to denture cream injury are eligible to join a class action lawsuit against the company that made the product. To learn more, order a free copy of our report, Denture Cream: What You Need to Know About It, or contact the Quad Cities personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 888-807-2752.