The Federal Food and Drug Administration outlined specific recommendations including modifying labeling to indicate the product contains zinc and clearly defining the maximum safe dosage and replacing zinc with a less harmful ingredient. After receiving more than 360 complaints that long-term overuse of some popular denture creams containing zinc has caused serious nerve damage, the FDA urged denture cream makers to remove zinc, modify package labels and conduct further research of risks.
In a Notice and Recommendation Action dated Feb. 23, 2011, the FDA wrote: “Although zinc is an essential nutrient, overexposure may result in zinc toxicity. We are notifying all manufacturers of denture adhesives and asking for their assistance in dealing with this public health issue.” What makes zinc a problem in denture adhesive is that it must be used everyday, and many people find they have to reapply several times a day, particularly after eating and drinking.
Denture wearers will be glad to know there are brands available that have never contained zinc and offer all day hold, with no need to reapply. A favorite is SECURE® which is the only waterproof denture adhesive worldwide which is effective on both upper and lower dentures. New sophisticated technology eliminates any slipping and sliding of dentures, and because it doesn’t dissolve in water, it will not be washed out while eating or drinking. A clinical study showed only one application of zinc-free SECURE® is required per day to maintain total retention up to 12 hours.
SECURE® is zinc free – and always has been. Plus it is non water soluble – denture wearers never swallow any and it holds up to 12 hours with one application. Additionally, SECURE® is available in cushions for problematic narrow jaws.
Now denture wearers may purchase with confidence zinc-free denture adhesive cream and not worry about the zinc related health issues.