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A Denture Reline - Can it Help Prevent Zinc Toxicity from Denture Cream?

In creating this blog, I’ve researched several options for ways to reverse and prevent the zinc toxicity which can be brought on by the use of zinc-containing denture creams. Recently, though there seems to be a renewed interest in the possibilities held by a denture reline. The question I’m hearing seems to be – will getting a denture reline help me avoid (or reverse) zinc poisoning from denture creams?

From what I’ve been able to see, the answer is yes!

Highest-Rated Denture Reline Kits

While your first action should always be to ensure that you are using a zinc-free denture adhesive, such as Cushion Grip Thermoplastic Denture Adhesive, a close second would be ensuring that your dentures fit as well as they can, so that you need to use as little denture adhesive as possible.

Short of purchasing new dentures, which we all know can be terribly expensive, your best bet is a denture reline.

A denture reline may be done professionally, or at-home, with any of a number of kits that are available. The professional sort of denture reline can cost as much as $400 per plate, which can be cost prohibitive for many folks. At those prices, people generally prefer to save for a full new set of dentures rather than spending almost half their cost on a simple reline. And in cases where the dentures are actually broken, the need for new dentures is clear. For the rest, however, an at-home denture reline kit is generally the way to go.

Denture reline kits that you can use in your own home generally cost a mere $10-$20 per plate…a huge savings over the cost of having a dentist do the reline, and it usually lasts 1-2 years. While the professional relines might last twice this long, generally speaking, there is just no comparison on a cost-per-year basis; the home reline kits win hands down.

While I am planning a longer article soon which will go into more detail regarding which denture reline kits are best and why, you are welcome to check out the brief suggestions pictured above, or head over to the complete selection available on Amazon, where you will find extensive user reviews and information about each. The one thing you can rest assured of is that all of these denture reliners are zinc-free!

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2 comments to A Denture Reline – Can it Help Prevent Zinc Toxicity from Denture Cream?

  • Alicia Adams

    Hi–I’m chemically sensitive, paticularly to plastics that outgas. My dentist tried to line my dental partial with a “soft” plastic but the fumes immediately caused me nervous system problems. I looked at the list of reline products on Amazon and there’s nothing about the types of materials (probably plastics) used. I also react to asprin, so Klutch would seem to be out as a dental cream. Any suggestions for a chemically sensitive person?
    Thanks! Alicia

  • Michelle (Zinc Free Admin)

    Hi Alicia,

    Unfortunately, I don’t know what to suggest for you. Pretty much all of the denture products on the market today have some form or another of chemical in them. Klutch is about the most natural thing out there (now that they’ve discontinued Rigident), but if salicylates are a problem for you (I’m assuming, since you mentioned aspirin), then even it would be a non-starter.

    There is one reline product on the market which got very poor reviews – this product – but that looks like it at least offers an idea for you. The reviewers specifically said it looked like the product seemed to be pure paraffin wax. Now, while I might not recommend that you grab a box of Gulf Wax and start using it (since paraffin wax IS a petroleum by-product), you might try something a little more natural, like this cosmetic grade beeswax. While it is likely a less-than-perfect solution in that you’ll probably have to replace it pretty often, it might at least cushion your gums and make life with a partial bearable.

    I have been hoping for years now that one of the major producers of organic and natural products would take a stab at a denture adhesive, as you can see in my article about the lack of organic denture adhesives, I firmly believe there is a gap in the marketplace. Of course, more than likely any such product would still use a mint flavoring, which would – you guessed it – put it right out of the running for someone with a salicylate sensitivity.

    I am sorry I don’t have a better answer for you, but again I issue my plea to the organic & natural manufacturers: Get off your duffs! There’s a real need here!

    -Michelle (site owner)

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