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Chronic disease: First check your denture adhesive
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If you suffer from a longstanding health problem, and you happen to wear dentures, check out the label of the adhesive you're using - it may be the unsuspected cause

If you suffer from a longstanding health problem, and you happen to wear dentures, check out the label of the adhesive you're using - it may be the unsuspected cause.


Researchers have discovered that popular denture adhesives contain high levels of zinc - and it could be the cause of many chronic health problems, especially if the adhesives have been used in liberal quantities and for a long time.


Two brands, Fixodent and PoliGrip, contain zinc concentrations ranging from 17,000 to 34,000 ug/g. Using two tubes a week would lead to an exposure of 330 mg a day of zinc.


Excessive zinc intake causes copper deficiency, which, in turn, can lead to irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), anaemia, impaired immune function and nervous problems.


(Source: Neurology, 2008; 71: 639-43).


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