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Denture Cream Without Zinc Important in Correcting Denture-Related Zinc Poisoning

Effergrip Box PhotoI was poking around on PubMed (the free online article repository made available by the National Institutes of Health), and found not one but three research articles which have been published in the past two years that link the zinc in denture creams to myelopathy and/or neuropathy. Of course, there are several older articles as well, but my point here is that evidence is mounting in the case against zinc in denture creams, and none of it is good. On the flip side, switching to a denture cream without zinc (like Effergrip) can make a big difference. Read on for more info on how!

First off, I wanted to define a couple of terms for you; it seems that though neuropathy is a term more often used in the media (and on lawyers’ web sites) to refer to the damage caused by excess zinc from denture cream, the more correct term would be myelopathy. Neuropathy is defined as “a functional disturbance or pathological change in the peripheral nervous system”. On the other hand, Myelopathy is defined as “any functional disturbance and/or pathological change in the spinal cord,” or “pathological bone marrow changes” (myelopathy has two definitions).

To put these definitions in something closer to layman’s english, it appears as though myelopathy is a problem caused by damage to the spinal cord, whereas neuropathy is a problem caused by parts of the nervous system which branch off from the spinal cord.

That said, when you talk to a person suffering from neuropathy or myelopathy, they probably don’t much care whether the problem lies within or beyond their spinal cord. More than likely, they just want to cure the problem!

According to the case studies featured in this research, the news for people interested in curing their myelopathy and/or neuropathy is mixed. According to this article in particular, which features the case studies of two individuals, there are four main problems caused by use of zinc-containing denture creams: hyperzincemia (too much zinc in the blood), hypocupremia (too little copper in the blood), pancytopenia (a lack of red & white blood cells and platelets), and myelopathy (which results in pain and difficulty walking for the patient). Of these four issues, the first three are completely resolved by stopping the use of the denture cream and starting supplementation with zinc. The fourth issue, the myelopathy, is only partially resolved; while the patients no longer reported pain after their copper and zinc levels have been normalized, they still had difficulty walking.

While this last point is a less-than desirable result, the reality is that correcting your zinc/copper imbalance by switching to a zinc-free denture adhesive (like Klutch or Cushion Grip) and beginning copper supplementation is always going to be your best possible course of action. Even if you can’t effect a full recovery, you will stop the damage being done, and give your body a chance to use its amazing powers of recuperation!

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