The risk of zinc poisoning prompted GlaxoSmithKline to announce it would voluntarily stop manufacturing and advertising three zinc-containing Super PoliGrip denture cream products on February 18,2010. The products affected by this announcement are: Super PoliGrip ‘Original’, ‘Ultra Fresh’ and Extra Care’. The products are currently being reformulated and the new versions should be in stores in Mid April 2010.
A small amount of zinc is necessary for a balanced diet. However, recent research suggest that long -term excessive use of zinc-containing denture creams like these may lead to the development of neurological symptoms. These may include numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and legs, difficulties with walking and balance and blood problems such as anemia.
Consumers using these products for several years in greater amounts than directed on the package or more than once a day, or have concerns or symptoms must:
Stop using the product
Talk to your DDS or MD
Use a zinc-free alternative
An even better alternative is to see Phoenix implant dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox about the elimination of loose dentures through surgical guided implant support. For more information about cosmetic and sedation dentistry in Glendale visit www.DesertSmiles.com.
Patients can also call Glaxo toll free at 1-866-640-1017.