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Denture Cream Reviews - Zinc Free Only

As I was browsing my local superstore the other day, I checked in on the denture cream aisle, and was pleased to find that Zinc Free Super Poligrip had hit the store shelves, (it is also available from online retailers). In fact, even when I checked the store brands and other brands available, almost all of them touted having gone zinc-free. The lone holdout appears to be Fixodent…a shameful position for them to be in, for sure.

I know there are lots of people who have been using Poligrip for a long time, and the question they now have is, is the new product as good as the old one? So far, the reviews are mixed. But (as of this writing) that link only reflects two reviews; it generally takes more than that to make or break a product. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any other sites that have so much as a single review posted. Still, if you’re a big fan of the Poligrip brand, it’s probably worth a shot to see if your old favorite’s new formulation is going to work for you.

There are other brands, however, with numerous positive denture cream reviews. Effergrip’s reviews are positive, and Secure Denture’s Reviews are more good than bad. Alas, that pretty much sums up all of the true denture creams out there that are zinc free. There are other products available, of course, such as powders and wafers, but I will save the reviews of those for a different post.

I will mention one other product, however, and that is Cushion Grip. While it is not what one would generally consider a “cream,” it does come in a tube, and is used in a similar manner; it simply lasts longer than a cream, and doesn’t wash off like denture creams. This is because it’s actually made from what’s called a “thermoplastic compound,” meaning that it is a plastic with different properties depending upon temperature. In plain english, it means you warm it up to a bit higher than mouth temperature to make it soft enough to work with, then once you’ve bitten into it with your gums, it cools, forming a solid suction seal that won’t wash off, even with exposure to liquids. This makes it a dream come true for all those denture wearers who have had endless trouble with their adhesives washing away as they eat soup or drink coffee. The confidence this seal inspires, as well as the fact that it only needs to be re-applied every four days, is usually more than enough to offset the small amount of additional time it takes to soak the denture in warm water in order to remove the adhesive. But don’t take my word for it – read these reviews, and make sure to take notes – many reviewers offer very helpful tips on how to make the most of this great denture adhesive! Also, bear in mind that you simply cannot accidentally ingest this product – which puts it light-years ahead of all other denture creams in terms of safety.

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Does Benzodent Contain Zinc?

Benzodent is an unique product, in that it can not only numb the pain of sore spots caused by denture abrasion, but also serve a denture adhesive (at least temporarily), due to its creamy consistency. This makes it ideal for folks who are new to dentures, and whose gums haven’t toughened up yet. It is also fantastic for folks who, though they’ve had their dentures a long time, may be experiencing temporary discomfort. I would also recommend it in cases of ill-fitting dentures, though only as a temporary fix; Ideally, you’ll want to invest in either a denture liner, or a whole new set of dentures.

Unlike most denture adhesive reviews, Benzodent reviews are universally high; even this two star rating was complaining about the service they received from a particular seller, stating that the product itself was satisfactory. The only major complaint that I’ve seen about Benzodent is that it can be a little difficult to come by. Thanks to the magic of the internet, however, it is readily available from such places as Amazon, and even .

To answer the original question, though, no, Benzodent contains no zinc. The main active ingredient in Benzodent is Benzocaine, a well-known topical anesthetic. Anbesol and Orajel both use this same compound for numbing & pain relief; Orajel, however, contains zinc, in the form of zinc chloride, so it is probably unsuitable for anyone suffering from zinc poisoning due to their denture cream. Another concern with using this product: you will want to use it sparingly, to avoid numbing your tongue!

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Reversing Zinc Poisoning Caused by Denture Adhesives

Have you recently become aware of how symptoms of zinc poisoning have been affecting you or a loved one who wears denture adhesives? Or perhaps you’re just concerned because you only just learned of the effects of zinc in denture adhesives. If so, don’t despair! Zinc poisoning can be halted at any time, and reversal of the symptoms is generally possible to one degree or another. Read on to learn exactly how!

First of all, make sure that you involve your doctor! You will need his or her assistance in getting tested for zinc levels, as well as for followup testing to determine how well you’re doing in reversing zinc poisoning. If you don’t have a doctor, or your appointment time is more than a month away, there are other options for testing, but be sure to find or see your doctor as soon as possible, as only he/she can guide you through the entire process. In addition, if there is any possibility that you might want to join one of the many denture adhesive lawsuits currently being formed (or bring your own suit), you will likely need the notes or even testimony of your doctor in order to win.

Once you have your doctor appointment, know what to ask for when you get there. If your doctor expresses disbelief that you may be getting poisoned by your denture cream, don’t give up! Insist that they run the tests you want, and if they flat-out refuse, find a more supportive doctor! The tests you will need run include zinc and copper levels, and iron is often affected as well, so go ahead and have that tested at the same time. Also at the same time, make an appointment to discuss your lab results with your physician as soon as possible. This way he or she can advise you on what they feel is the best way to begin reversing your zinc poisoning, should it show up in the lab tests.

Once you’ve had your initial tests, switch your denture adhesive to a zinc-free one! There are zinc-free denture adhesives for all preferences – if you prefer a dry feel, check out Klutch denture adhesive powder; others prefer creams, wafers, high-tech thermoplastics and even denture liners, so there’s no reason to put off making this vital change. Please bear in mind, however, that you should have your blood tests first, to ensure that you have documented proof of your condition before switching. Without this documentation, there will be no measuring stick against which to rate your progress!

Physicians will have varying recommendations regarding which type and quantity of supplementation to take in order to begin the process of reversing zinc poisoning. Most often they will recommend supplementation with copper, as this is the mineral commonly displaced by an excess of zinc in the bloodstream. Even so, there are many types and dosages of copper supplementation; chelates, colloids, tablets and capsules are among them. Be sure to avoid copper supplements that contain zinc, however! Also, discuss avoiding multivitamins which contain zinc, at least while you are correcting your zinc levels. If you have difficulty swallowing pills, as did my mother, be certain to mention colloidal copper, as this is a liquid form which completely avoids the issues of pill-swallowing.

Finally, be sure to schedule appointments for followup testing. You want to be sure that the steps you are taking are actually reversing your zinc poisoning, and also that you are not creating any other imbalances in the process. Testing serum levels on a regular basis is the only reliable way to ensure that your supplementation regimen is working well for you, and also gives you documentation of your recovery once you cease using zinc-containing denture adhesives, should you need that for legal or other purposes.

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Does Rigident Contain Zinc?

UPDATE: Rigident has been discontinued! There are three things you can do about this:
1. Check prices on remaining stock by clicking here. If you find any at a reasonable price, snap it up!
2. Look into alternative zinc-free denture adhesives by browsing around this site. If you liked Rigident, you may like Klutch; it has very similar ingredients. Read my review of ingredients here, or check prices here.
3. Sign the petition to bring back Rigident! I have created a petition to Church & Dwight to let them know how many people their marketing decision has affected. Please click here and sign the petition, and then email all of your denture-wearing friends (and heck, anyone else you think would be interested!) and have them sign it as well!

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This question came up recently in the comments on my blog, so I wanted to go ahead and create a post about it so that everyone would know for sure. After all, I’m a reasonable girl; I don’t expect anyone else to spend their time searching through my comments :)

Interestingly, when the question of whether or not Rigident contains zinc first came up, I could not readily find the answer myself! I had to first hunt down the larger company which manufactures Rigident (which happens to be Church & Dwight, better known as the maker of all things Arm & Hammer). Then after closely inspecting their web site, I still could not find the answer to my question contained therein. So I finally contacted them directly, and they reassured me that no, Rigident Denture Adhesive Powder does not contain zinc. Yay! I imagine this is great news for those of you who prefer a powdered denture adhesive.

For those of you who have never tried a powdered denture adhesive, reviews are surprisingly good! I won’t try to convince you it’s the way to go, but I will say that there are many reviewers around the web who would not use ANYTHING else. More than one person appreciates the fact that Rigident doesn’t have any flavor to interfere with the taste of food and drink (unlike the many minty paste denture adhesives), and folks seem to like it mostly because it just works. Check out the reviews here and here. Just make sure you start out with the 1-pack if you haven’t used it before, so that you don’t wind up stuck with a lot of something you can’t use!

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Denture Liners and Prevention of Zinc Poisoning

Denture liners, also sometimes known as denture reliners, or denture relines, are an excellent solution to the problem of ill-fitting dentures, and thus can be a great weapon in the fight against zinc poisoning from denture adhesives. There are two basic categories of denture liners; the type that only your dentist can apply, and the type you can apply at home. Naturally, if you can afford the type which your dentist will provide, by all means, go that route. A professionally fitted set of denture liners will be made of higher-grade materials and may last longer than the at-home version.

If, however, you are saving up for new dentures, implant supported dentures, or some other solution, the at-home version is still a fantastic choice, and well within reach for most everyone. And the great news is that in doing my research, I found all denture liners to be zinc free! Home denture reline kits run about $10-$20 per plate, and can last up to two years.

While there are several different brands of denture liners on the market, most, if not all, operate on the same basic principle. They are made of a somewhat pliable material which, when applied to the interior of your dentures and bitten down on, takes on the shape of your gumline. This allows natural suction to do the work of holding your dentures in place, just like it (hopefully) did when your dentures were new.

Most of these kits involve an acrylic (plastic) material. This means that you must mix together two substances (usually a powder and a liquid) so that the plastic can harden into a solid when you’ve finished the molding process. While this can be a messy process (and I have read that the plastic can have an unpleasant taste when it is still in its moldable stage), it only needs to be done once in a long while, so most folks find it to be a very worthwhile hassle. Here’s the lowdown on the most popular brands of denture liners:

Perma Soft is probably the most popular denture liner product. The reviews on Amazon are generally good (there will always be someone who doesn’t like a product :) ), and they seem to agree on one thing: follow the package instructions for best results. I know this may seem like a no-brainer for some folks, but you’d be amazed how many others will only read part, or think they remember how to use a product from the last time, and then wind up unhappy with their results. Another tip: while this liner is what a dentist would call a “soft” reline, the acrylic does become quite hard when it cures. While this may make the name seem incorrect, technically it is still a soft denture liner.

Acryline 2 ranks second among the reviewers at Amazon, and is very similar in application to Perma Soft. In fact, they may be the same material, but not being a chemist, I can’t analyze them and say for certain. :) An excellent tip I found among the reviews for Acryline 2 was this: if it’s your first-time using this product, put the materials in the refrigerator before combining them; this works because plastics require heat for the hardening process. While this material will still generate its own heat, starting the ingredients out cold will slow this reaction time, giving you more time to work with the product before it sets. This can save you a lot of heating and scraping! Since this product and Perma Soft are similar, putting Perma Soft in the fridge would probably give you more working time as well.

Flexiliner is a third acrylic denture liner option, and appears to only be available via eBay at the time of this writing. Still, the feedback on this product has been 100% good, and the distributors say it’s similar to the discontinued product Denturite (which was a Sea-Bond product).

Last and probably least is a relatively new kid on the block called the Weber Denture Liner Kit. Reviews of this are universally bad, and even the powdered adhesive included with the kit gets panned. I include it here mostly because of the review that mentions that this product is essentially just paraffin wax. I’m guessing if someone can get away with selling paraffin wax as denture liners, that if you happen to have some laying around (the kind you use for canning, not the dyed and perfumed sort found in candles!), it might be usable as a make-do measure until you can lay hands on the acrylic denture liner kit of your choice.

Whichever denture liners you choose, you will undoubtedly see an improvement in your bite and far less slippage. Possibly the best thing about your new denture liners, though, is that they will allow you to use less (or perhaps even zero) denture adhesive. So no matter whether you’re using a zinc-free denture adhesive or not, you will be ingesting less adhesive!

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Walgreens Sale - 25% Off Dental Care, Including Denture Care

Through August 7, 2010, Walgreens is offering 25% off all of their dental and denture care items! Just enter the coupon code SMILE at checkout to receive this discount.

Sea Bond Uppers Box Photo

Those of you searching for zinc-free denture adhesives will want to take advantage of the great pricing this affords you; you’ll save $2.00 each on Sea Bond Uppers and Lowers, and find similarly good deals throughout the denture care section. Just don’t forget to use code SMILE at check-out, to get these discounts!

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Organic and Natural Denture Adhesives - Why Don't They Exist Yet?

I have long been a fan of the organic and natural movement. When I moved to the big city at a young age and discovered stores like Whole Foods, I thought I had found nirvana (even though at 20 I couldn’t afford to buy much :) ). But if you go into one of these stores and look in the dental care section, you will notice one glaring omission: zero kinds of organic denture adhesive. Not even a natural denture adhesive! Considering the recent debacle over zinc in denture adhesives, you would think that at least ONE of the organic or natural companies would step up to the plate, especially the big names. Tom’s of Maine? Nope. J/A/S/O/N? Nada. Heck, you’d think at least Radius would come out with an ergonomic denture brush, but still, no dice.

There are a couple of “homemade” suggestions for denture adhesive, most notably peanut butter and bubblegum, but in truth neither of these are truly natural (unless you buy natural or organic peanut butter, I suppose) Nor will they meet denture-wearers’ long-term requirements. So this is my call to action: I get a lot of readers to this site. Now, more than ever, people are in need of an organic denture adhesive, or at the very least an all-natural denture adhesive. So if you will take a couple of moments and contact the major players in the organic/natural dental industry, perhaps we can remedy this gap in the market. If they won’t…I’ve got a good mind to start experimenting. ;) Here are the links directly to the contact pages of the two product makers who take up the most shelf space in the dental care section of my local natural food store:

Jason Naturals (or you can call them at 1-866-595-8917)
Tom’s of Maine (or you can call them at 1-800-FOR-TOMS)

In the meantime, I’m still recommending Cushion Grip to anyone who will listen, as it is the only solution currently out there which contains no ingredients that might be accidentally swallowed by the user.

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Reversing Zinc Poisoning - Things to Know Before You Start

As I mentioned in this post, it is possible to shoot yourself in the foot by reversing your zinc poisoning symptoms before you’ve been officially diagnosed with zinc poisoning. But what if you live in an area, or just happen to have a popular doctor, which makes it difficult to get seen in a timely manner? Both my parents and I have, at times, had doctors who needed a month (or more!) lead time for an appointment.

While these doctors may be fantastic and you want to stick with them, you probably don’t want to keep poisoning yourself with zinc in denture cream while you wait for your appointment. On the other hand, if you are at all interested in joining one of the class action suits against the makers of Poligrip or Fixodent, you will need documented evidence that your zinc levels were high before you switched to a zinc free denture cream. Then once you’ve made the switch, you can follow up with your doctor and either verify that your mineral imbalance is correcting itself, or determine if you need some sort of supplementation.

So what’s a body to do? Keep poisoning themselves? Switch and hope their levels don’t fall before their next doctor’s visit? How about neither!

With the growing number of uninsured people, and the internet’s tendency toward instant gratification, a new type of service has sprung up that offers laboratory tests whenever you want them, without the need for your doctor’s orders. While I’m not suggesting that you try to “go around” your doctor (unless, of course, they refuse to believe that you may be being poisoned by the zinc in denture cream), I am suggesting that having the lab tests done as soon as possible, so that you can begin correcting your imbalances quickly, is absolutely in your best interest!

These services are many, and you may find them by hitting up your local yellow pages, or by checking out PersonaLabs, below. Of course, you probably aren’t interested in being “anonymous,” since you’ll want it documented to whom your results belong, but such testing companies do offer that option as well.

PersonaLabs: These folks do serum (blood) testing for both zinc and copper (remember you will want to document/monitor both, as excess zinc causes copper depletion). In addition they are offering a 5% discount coupon code as of this writing; just use discount code PCJ09 at checkout. Their other advantages are:

  • lab work done on your schedule
  • no doctor’s orders or office visit necessary
  • online results in 24-48 hours
  • large network of labs where you can have your samples drawn, including LabCorp

Just head over here, and search for “zinc” or “copper” (without the quotes) in the search box near the upper-right-hand corner of the screen. Then click the “Find a Test!” button, and you’re on your way!

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Does Cushion Grip Contain Zinc?

Another query that seems to be leading more and more visitors to my site is: Does Cushion Grip Contain Zinc? Given all the hullaballo that zinc poisoning from denture adhesives is causing these days, this is no surprise.

The answer to this query, happily, is no; Cushion Gripdoes not contain zinc. Cushion Grip bills itself as a “thermoplastic” denture adhesive. While I am normally a bit leery of plastics, and especially of having them come into contact with food as its heated, I believe Cushion Grip is one of the better options when it comes to switching to a zinc-free denture adhesive.

Why? Because it’s almost impossible to swallow this stuff! It’s a rather thick substance, that really only becomes soft enough to move around when heated to the temperature of hot tap water (about 110-130 degrees, in most households). Therefore, it is not going to “melt” at the temperatures normally found in the human mouth, even when eating warm foods. This means there is almost no chance of accidentally swallowing it. So no matter what its ingredients are (though I once again repeat, Cushion Grip does NOT contain zinc), you will not be ingesting them.

Naturally, this means that the process of applying Cushion Grip to your dentures will take a bit of getting used to, and you may need to soak them in hot water for a bit when it comes time to peel it off. There are lots of reviews that help explain this process over here on Amazon. I especially recommend scrolling or searching down to the review written by the reviewer named echoscream. It gives you an excellent tutorial on how to use the product properly. It will also give you an idea if perhaps the product is simply not for you; some folks don’t want to mess with hot tap water and drying off their dentures, and for them my stand-by recommendations are Effergripand Secure Denture(also both zinc-free).

Though my mom didn’t have a chance to use this more than a handful of times, it seemed to work very well for her; I did not hear her complain so much of food getting between her dentures and gums, and she didn’t seem to mind that it worked a little differently from her old, zinc-containing denture cream. At least, I never heard her complain about it, and believe me, she was nothing if not vocal when something ticked her off. :)

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Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning Lawsuits

I’ve heard a lot about lawsuits regarding denture cream zinc poisoning. Do I have a case?

Only a lawyer can tell you for sure! For one thing, there are so many variables to determining whether or not a case is prosecutable that for me to even begin to offer advice would not only be a disservice to you, but would also probably be illegal (given that I’m not a lawyer)! One thing that I have noticed during my extensive research on denture cream zinc, however, is that there can be a really nasty catch-22 involved. That is to say, if you suspect that denture cream zinc is the cause of your symptoms, and quit using it, your zinc levels are likely to decline (and other important indicators may also return to normal, such as iron and copper levels). If you are then tested by a doctor, there will be no evidence that your blood levels of these minerals were ever out of balance. The sad fact is, this information could easily be used against you should you try to prosecute your case! Don’t take my word for it, though; just scan down to the last few sentences of this article.

Now, am I recommending that you put off your switch to a zinc-free denture cream until you can get in to see a lawyer? Absolutely not! What I am trying to point out here is the importance of having your doctor test you for these mineral imbalances before discontinuing use, and then of course following up with tests afterward as well, so that your case is well-documented by a physician, and there can be no question as to whether or not the denture cream zinc was the culprit. If you have a long wait to see your doctor, or if your doctor simply refuses to believe that zinc could be causing your symptoms, please see this post about your other options for getting tested.

The good news is, if you successfully prosecute your case, you may be eligible for reimbursement and/or compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other items as well. If you do not personally know an attorney specializing in Personal Injury Litigation (the type of litigation that denture cream zinc poisoning would fall under), here are links to a couple of sites which can help you locate one near you:

Lawyers Guide
Nolo’s Lawyer Directory
LegalMatch

I urge you to contact a lawyer licensed to practice in your state to find out if you have a case. Unless more people begin putting pressure on the manufacturers of products which harm us, they will continue producing poisonous products and marketing them to unsuspecting people indefinitely.

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