Poligrip & Fixodent Zinc Poisoning May Affect Thousands of Americans

Richard Burke | May 17th, 2011 | Posted in Denture Cream Lawsuits

Denture cream looks harmless enough. The pink gel resembles silly string or colored funnel cake or big league chew when it comes out of its tube.

But zinc-containing denture cream can be extremely dangerous, especially when it is used in excess of daily recommended quantities. And most people who use denture cream use more than they should.

Denture cream zinc poisoning

Whereas a tube of denture cream should last a month, many people go through two tubes or more every week. This behavior puts users at risk of Poligrip and Fixodent zinc poisoning, a serious medical condition that can cause numbness, balance problems, memory issues.

Today, hundreds of users or Fixodent and Poligrip have consulted with a denture cream lawyer and filed a denture cream lawsuit in US courts. GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Poligrip and Super Poligrip, has already reached denture cream settlements with a number of plaintiffs who have taken their cases to court.

Proctor & Gamble, maker of Fixodent, has not yet reached any reported Fixodent zinc poisoning settlements. The company has however removed zinc from its line of Fixodent denture creams.

Denture cream risks mitigated by safe practices

The problem at the heart of the zinc poisoning controversy is a relatively simple one: people use and overuse denture cream because they have ill-fitting dentures.

By seeking dental attention to better fit dentures to one’s mouth, a person will not only reduce their risk of Poligrip and Fixodent zinc poisoning, but also reduce dental expenditures.

Many people, however, have only recently realized the risk of Poligrip and Fixodent zinc poisoning. The first substantial study highlighting the risk of denture cream zinc poisoning was only published in 2008, years after zinc-containing denture creams had already flooded the market.

One victim of Fixodent zinc poisoning, Mark Jacoby, tells ABC News that he has used denture cream for 20 years. Just 41 years old, Jacoby now uses a wheelchair because of Fixodent zinc poisoning.

He is one of dozens of victims who have filed a denture cream lawsuit to gain compensation for medical costs and pain and suffering.

The first Fixodent denture cream lawsuit in federal litigation is set to go to trial in the Southern District of Floridca on June 20.