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Does Effergrip Contain Zinc?

Effergrip Box PhotoThis is a question which seems to lead people to my site time and time again, so I figured I should answer it definitively. NO. Effergrip does not contain zinc. I don’t know whether or not older formulations once did, but I can say for certain that it does not now.

I want to go into a little more detail about zinc-free denture adhesives, though, since Effergrip is not the only option. I am betting that Effergrip will be a very popular option for folks who want to switch from Poligrip or Fixodent, simply because it is the same format. That is, it is a tube of adhesive paste, and applied in much the same way as Poligrip or Fixodent. But I also want to mention that there are several other options, if you are looking to switch brands, or if you have tried Effergrip and do not like it.

The following is a further list of zinc free denture adhesives, and a little information about each:

Cushion Grip Box PhotoCushion Grip is a thermoplastic adhesive, meaning that it works differently from the denture adhesive pastes you might be used to. It comes in a tube, and dispenses like other pastes, but it is applied only once every few days (up to four, according to the manufacturer). For this reason, users will find there is a bit of a learning curve with this product; the upside of being a longer-lasting adhesive does come with the corresponding downside of requiring more effort to remove it. However, according to the denture adhesive reviews on Amazon, most who have tried it, love it. And those who followed package directions seem to have the easiest time making the transition to this new type of adhesive.

Secure Box PhotoSecure Denture Bonding Cream by DenTek is a third option, also a paste, but a different sort of formulation. It is designed to last up to 12 hours, and is not water soluble, so it won’t wash off as easily as other paste adhesives. However, folks who have soft denture relines have reported that this does not bond as well as other types of adhesives. Thus I would recommend this for folks who have hard plates, without any soft liners. Secure also offers another product:

Secure Denture Adhesive Strips Box Photo

Secure Denture Adhesive Strips. This product appears to be similar to Sea-Bond, although neither I nor my mother have ever used it. One reviewer on Amazon claims that this is not an adhesive at all, but rather just a cushion, but he does not appear to be a personal user of the product, so I would recommend taking his review with a grain of salt. It says “adhesive” on the box, so I’m betting it’s an adhesive.

Sea Bond Uppers Box PhotoSea Bond is another option. It calls itself a “wafer,” but from personal experience, I would call it something more resembling fabric. Yes, believe it or not, even though I don’t wear dentures, I have used this product to stick prosthetics over my natural teeth (vampire fangs, for example…yes, I spent some time in the theater :) ). I was surprised that it actually worked to hold these in place. Of course, I couldn’t eat with them in…I didn’t want to risk swallowing my prosthetics! But given that this product works to hold fake tooth material to real tooth material, which is very non-porous, I would expect it to work quite well when adhering dentures to gums. And the Amazon reviewers appear to agree, as both the upper and lower styles have four or more star ratings.

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  • frank johnson

    Does RIGIDENT contain zinc??? I could not get any info on it. Switched to it after using polygrip and fixident for a year and a half.

    Response by Michelle:
    I do not know, but I’m glad you asked. I am digging a little deeper, and let me tell you, just finding out who MAKES Rigident is a challenge! I did finally determine that it is made by Church & Dwight, better known as the makers of all things in the Arm & Hammer line of products. I’ve contacted them to find out the answer to your question, and I’ll update you here if/when they reply.

    UPDATE 9/1/2010:

    Here is their response:

    Dear Michelle:

    Thank you for taking the time to contact Church & Dwight Co., Inc. regarding Rigident® Denture Adhesive.

    In regard to your recent inquiry, Rigident® Denture Adhesive does not contain zinc.

    If you have any questions or concerns in the future, please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Department at 1-800-786-5135 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm ET.

    We value your patronage and trust you will continue to use Church & Dwight Co., Inc. products with confidence.

    Thank you for choosing Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

    Joanne M.
    Consumer Relations Representative

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  • Rebecca Estes

    Regarding Rigident ingredients: In the response from the makers of Rigident not containing zinc. I too could not find any answers regarding the ingredients of Rigident and Have used it since 2002, I do suffer from many of the symptoms listed for zinc or heavy metal poisoning and do still wonder. Point to ponder: If it doesn’t include zinc then why is it included now in some of the lawsuits on denture creams on the web sites I visit. I would never use anything else because it is a great product. Another Point to ponder: Why has it been pulled from the stores shelves in my area of Owensboro, KY. I can’t find it anywhere except online. I have been forced to buy another product and because of the publicity regarding zinc poisoning, I went with Zinc free super polident, yuck, it’s a good product but the Rigident is a powder and this cream is gross when you are used to using a powder. BUT….. Point to Ponder # 3 The headaches I have suffered from since getting dentures have started to get better or might I say not daily as before. Hmmmmmmmmmmm………………………………

  • Annette

    Rigident also pulled from the shelves here in CA. My mother has been using it for many many years since they stopped selling Fasteeth. She also perfers powdered adhesive. Read somewhere that a man thought he might have gotten lung cancer from using it on ask a Dr. website and the Dr. said absolutly he didn’t get it from using Rigident. Had his left lung removed. Odd my mother also got lung cancer and had her lower left lobe from her lung removed.

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