Some denture adhesive contains zinc and overuse of denture adhesive can cause zinc poisoning. Side effects of a zinc overdose associated with denture cream use may include:
- Copper deficiency (see below)
- other neurological side effects.
Zinc poisoning warning signs include:
- Unexplained weakness, tingling in hands and feet.
- Poor balance.
- Lack of coordination.
- Unexplained pain.
- Weakness in the hands, arms or legs.
- Burning sensation.
Numbness and Tingling
Numbness, tingling, and unexplained weakness or pain may be symptoms of Zinc Poisoning or Neuropathy, which may result from excessive exposure to zinc. While a small amount of zinc is necessary for a healthy and balanced diet, in excess it can cause copper depletion and serious neurological problems.
Symptoms of copper depletion include:
- Abdominal pain
- Hair loss
- Skin sores
Zinc poisoning may be commonly misdiagnosed as: Demyelinating Syndrome, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Use denture creams according to label instructions.
- Do NOT use extra amounts of denture cream.
- Do NOT use denture cream more often than the label recommends.
- If dentures don’t fit properly, contact Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio and have Dr. Camacho evaluate them. Don’t try to solve the problem by using more adhesive than is recommended.
- If possible, try to use a denture adhesive without zinc