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Denture Fit - Another Key to Preventing Zinc Poisoning

Almost every denture wearer has had to contend with their dentures not fitting properly. This is due to a number of factors, but primarily it’s due to the fact that, once teeth are removed, the interior of the mouth changes continually. Much like grass and plant roots hold soil in place, teeth and jaw bones work together to keep one another healthy and intact. The dentures themselves also experience wear, which can also cause them to not fit as well as the day they were made.

Many denture wearers, especially those who use denture creams to make up for this poor fit, are at greater risk for zinc poisoning – they often use increasing amounts of denture cream over time. In addition, because the fit is not as tight, the denture cream is more likely to leak out around the edges, causing more of it to be ingested (swallowed) by the denture wearer. As we now know, swallowing any denture cream is a recipe for disaster. So what can we do?

As I’ve been preaching all along, changing to a zinc-free denture adhesive is a great way to avoid this problem. I already have an extensive list of the zinc-free denture creams available on the market today. However, if you’re just trading one denture adhesive for another, you are not truly solving the problem. According to the real experts at the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), the best way to avoid overuse of any denture adhesive, whether it contains zinc or not, is to ensure that you dentures have a proper fit. In fact, the ACP states that the average life span of a pair of dentures is 5 years! After that, they will either need to be replaced (more expensive) or relined (less expensive option). This will ensure that you need to use a minimum amount of denture adhesive of any kind. In fact, the ACP states that dentures which fit well do not require the regular use of denture adhesive at all!

I realize it can be expensive to reline or replace your dentures every five years, but now that you know their normal lifespan, it should at least be possible to budget for these processes. This should also improve your denture-wearing experience overall, as well-fitting dentures are far more comfortable to eat, drink, and generally live with.

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