Nearly 35 million people in the United States wear dentures and it is safe to assume that many of these individuals use denture cream, such as Poligrip and Fixodent. It has been discovered that there is a risk of zinc poisoning from denture cream, which can lead to neurological problems, including neuropathy. If you or someone you love has used denture cream and has suffered from zinc poisoning, compensation may be available.
Denture creams often contain zinc. Excessive amounts of zinc can lead to copper depletion and significant neurological problems. The Neurology journal published an article in the August 2008 issue that stated that four patients suffered from neuropathy and other neurological symptoms that are common in zinc poisoning cases. It was believed that the symptoms could have been the result of excess use of dental creams.
The risks associated with denture creams are not highly publicized and most people are unaware of the dangers associated with this product. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not mandate that the danger of zinc poisoning be disclosed with denture creams.
If you use denture cream or know someone who does, it is crucial that you become familiar with the signs of zinc poisoning, which include the following:
- Loss of sensation
The existence of any of these symptoms should prompt a visit to the doctor, who will be able to test zinc levels. When zinc poisoning is severe, it can cause neuropathy, which affects the nerves. Zinc poisoning can also be fatal.
You need to contact an experienced Florida injury lawyer if you or a loved one is suffering from neuropathy or neurological problems and you believe that zinc poisoning from denture cream was to blame. A successful mass tort case may entitle you to compensation for your injuries and the amount can be substantial. Call the Law Offices of Lilly, O’Toole & Brown today at (863) 683-1111 for a legal consultation.