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Klutch Denture Adhesive Powder Ingredients

I’ve been doing some digging lately to find out more about the ingredients in people’s favorite denture adhesives. The reality is that while most companies have removed zinc from their denture adhesives, there may still be worrisome ingredients in some products. Today I’m tackling Klutch Denture Adhesive Powder, which may be purchased online here, if the reader is so inclined.

Klutch’s simple ingredient list is as follows: Karaya powder, acacia gum, sodium borate, and methyl salicylate.

If you’ve read my post about Rigident ingredients, this list will likely look very familiar. The first three are exactly the same (though Rigident calls sodium borate by another name: impalpable borax), so if you’d like a rundown on what the first three are and their relative safety, please see my post on Rigident’s ingredients.

So what about the remaining ingredient, methyl salicylate? Methyl salicylate, though it has a very chemical-sounding name, is also known by another, much more benign-sounding name: oil of wintergreen. This reminds me strongly of acetylsalicylic acid…better known as aspirin. And in fact the two are chemically related, as both contain salicylate. But is methyl salicylate safe? After all, it is on a list of prohibited and restricted cosmetics ingredients in Canada, which automatically triggers doubts about its safety. But I urge you to consider the small dosage we are talking about here, as well as some other circumstances.

For example, consider the fact that aspirin is also known to be toxic, when the dose is high enough. Yet when used sensibly, it can not only relieve pain, but has been credited with saving the lives of many stroke and heart attack victims. Likewise, while pure methyl salicylate is toxic at certain doses, the dose you’d be getting when using Klutch powder as directed would be a tiny fraction of a dangerous dose (remember, in the US, ingredients are listed in decreasing order by the amount contained, so methyl salicylate is, proportionally, the least-common ingredient in Klutch). Still, as we learned the hard way with the zinc in denture adhesives, the devil is in the dosage. So if your dentures are becoming loose, and you have to use more than a light dusting of any denture powder, you will want to either invest in an at-home denture reline kit (available in both soft and hard versions), or speak with your dentist about having him or her do a reline.

Three special considerations that I discovered during my research about salicylates (including methyl salicylate):

1. Many muscle rubs contain salicylates, such as Bengay (methyl salicylate), Icy Hot (methyl salicylate) and Aspercreme (trolamine salicylate). If you use these muscle rubs, you might have noticed the warnings on the package that say “for external use only,” and this is for a very good reason; they contain relatively high amounts of the listed salicylates (as much as 30%, in the case of Icy Hot). Thus ingesting them would almost certainly produce negative (poisoning) effects. What you might not think of, though, is that if you use both a muscle rub, and Klutch, there may be an additive effect of salicylates (yes, salicylates can penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the bloodstream). Again, the devil is in the dose. So while I’m not saying “don’t use Klutch and Bengay at the same time!” what I am saying is that if you use both, be sure to use both in moderation. Of course, using any muscle rub in moderation is advisable, as there is at least one death on record from excessive muscle rub use.

2. If you have an allergy to aspirin or other salicylates, I would not recommend using Klutch. Even though the amount is tiny, why take chances?

3. If you are young (of reproductive age), and/or are planning on having children, I would recommend avoiding Klutch. Remember that I mentioned it was on a restricted list in Canada? Well their reasoning for that is due to developmental and reproductive toxicity. So while most denture users are likely beyond a point where they’re trying to conceive, I realize that there are still many people (like my mother) who lose their teeth young due to genetic defects, accidents, and other unfortunate circumstances. Given that there are other great denture adhesive powder options on the market, I see no reason to take any chances with the health of your unborn child.

So, can I recommend Klutch? Yes, as long as you are taking into consideration the above caveats. That said, I’m a firm believer in the principle of less is more, so given the fact that Rigident receives rave reviews (see them here) while having one less ingredient, if I were making the decision for my own use, I would probably try Rigident first.

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