Fixodent without Zinc does not work as well as the original. Why?

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After reading that denture adhesives which contain zinc could be detrimental for ones health, I started buying Fixodent plus without zinc. I am very dissapointed because it does not give the security that the original one did. The denture moves freely after two hours of the application. It does not sealed at all from food either.  I am afraid I will have to go back to the original, but it is scary.
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Fyllis

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Amy,

I, too, have read about 'zinc poisoning', 'zinc toxicity', and 'zinc overdosing' related to denture adhesives.

For some, this caused panic and hypochondriacal symptoms. "OMG! They poisoned me! I'm gonna die"!

Just so you know, Fixodent (and all other denture products, as well as every other OTC medication/product) has the ingredients AND directions for usage right on the box as required by the FDA ! The problem is that there are people out there who fail to read the lable and/or follow those directions. THAT is what causes the poisoning, toxicity, and overdosing! NOT the product or its ingredients!

Are you aware that plain Asprin can potentially cause abnormal bleeding? Or that Tylenol can potentially cause liver damage? And, although too much dietary vitamin C is unlikely to be harmful, megadoses of vitamin C supplements may cause: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal bloating and cramps, headache, insomnia and, kidney stones? And caffeine overdose can cause breathing trouble, changes in alertness, confusion, convulsions, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, hallucinations, increased thirst, increased urination, irregular heartbeat, muscle twitching, rapid heartbea, sleeping trouble, and vomiting?

Sometimes denture adhesives contain zinc to enhance adhesion. The zinc was part of a polymer salt that enhanced the product's adhesive properties. It's been replaced with a salt based on calcium, sodium and cellulose gum. So, yes, zinc free products will have decreased bonding capabilities.

Overuse of zinc-containing denture adhesives, especially when combined with dietary supplements that contain zinc and other sources of zinc, can contribute to an excess of zinc in your body; and an excess of zinc in the body can lead to health problems such as nerve damage, especially in the hands and feet. This damage appears slowly, over an extended period of time.

The FDA has not found conclusive evidence that these problems result from using zinc-containing denture adhesive as instructed in the product labeling.

If you are 'scared' to use the products containing zinc, simply avoid them! If you want the secure hold the products with zinc will provide you, use them! But use them AS DIRECTED.

As adults, it is OUR responsibility to know what we are putting into our bodies and what effects they could have. It is also OUR responsibilities to either use or avoid these products as deemed fit for us as individuals.

Shame on me! I rinsed down my Cardizem ( a cardiac med that slows my heart rate) with a cup of coffee containing caffeine, which speeds up my heartbeat! Should I avoid coffee? Absolutely! But, that is a choice I made for myself.

Will I use a denture adhesive containing zinc? Possibly? If the zinc-free product doesn't work for me, I will most likely change. But, I WILL follow the directions on the package!

If you still aren't sure, consult your Primary Care Physician and have a blood level drawn for zinc so you have a baseline to go on.

Remember, if you choose to abuse the product, it is YOUR fault if you develop negative effects, NOT the manufacturer's fault!

You have the information available to you; use it at your discretion.

... Quietly, steps down from my soapbox and refills my coffee cup (by choice).

Fyllis

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 Read again my question. I am asking WHY Fixodent without zinc does not work as well as before. I did not say anything about be afraid of using one with zinc. I also add that I have been using it for almost 15 years and had no problems. And for your information, I am the type that reads constantly as is well informed. So the next time you give your opinion to someone, read the question before you answer it. Thanks
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Amy,

I thought I DID answer your question of,  "WHY Fixodent without zinc does not work as well as before when I wrote: "Sometimes denture adhesives contain zinc to enhance adhesion. The zinc was part of a polymer salt that enhanced the product's adhesive properties. It's been replaced with a salt based on calcium, sodium, and cellulose gum. So, yes, zinc-free products will have decreased bonding capabilities".

I'm sorry if that wasn't satisfactory but, that is all I can tell you based on what I know. If you need a more specific answer, you might need to contact the manufacturer or consult a chemist.

Fyllis


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You mentioned nerve damage in the hands & feet.This is the first of heard of that possible connection. I've been experiencing numbness in my feet & toes so I immediately thought I was becoming diabetic. I went for my physical - No signs of diabetes. Well I've been using Fixodent w/ zinc for about 5 - 6 yrs and many times I end up using extra after dinner because they start getting loose. Though I've wondered if humidity or other weather conditions don't have an effect on my Fixodent because I will go periods of NOT needing extra then, like this week, all of a sudden I'll
need more. I have a few different medical conditions that require occasional doctor visits and I always mention the dental powder w/Zinc with my list of Medicines on the chance that I'll get a sharp assistant or P.A. that says, "Hey, did you know that too much zinc...yada,yada,yada" But no one has even given it a second thought.
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Yes, but sometimes using ‘as directed’ still causes problems and we need to keep update. Zinc bonds better.
Using by directions varies, everyone has different absorption’ and tolerance rates. Some excrete more and faster. There is a lot of variation..
I do buy and use Fixodent original with zinc bc they sell it in a small .35oz/10gm tube for pocket when I leave my house, to carry.
At home and in my toilet kit, regular daily use and touch ups are zinc-free.
I am sorry that people that have used zinc cream have unknowingly given up their health. I appreciate their sharing and will learn from it and share it on. I honor their sacrifice.
Occasionally, it is probably not a big problem. But over time, I would not take any more chances.
The comparison of taking the heart med with some coffee, counteracting it is not valid— it washes out and and the next day you start over. When your nerves are stripped of copper, there is no going back to repair .