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Fears over safety of dental creams

There are growing concerns about possible neurological side effects of some denture adhesives

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10 February 2011

There are growing concerns that leading brand dental adhesives, used by consumers with dentures, can cause dangerous side effects including  permanent neurological damage.

The dental adhesives in question include "Polident Ultra" and "Poligrip Total Care" manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and also "Fixodent" manufactured by Procter & Gamble.

Medical studies carried out from 2008 show that these products may contain unsafe levels of zinc which can cause its users to develop copper deficiency leading to nerve damage, anaemia and bone loss.

As a result of these medical studies, GlaxoSmithKline chose to withdraw their "Polident Ultra" and "Poligrip Total Care" products from the market in February 2010. 

"Fixodent" continues to be sold on the UK market although Procter & Gamble added a warning to its packaging which states that "prolonged zinc intake may be linked to adverse health effects". 

Multiple lawsuits have been launched in the United States against the manufacturers of these products on behalf of American consumers who have suffered personal injuries.  These cases are expected to be heard at trial shortly. 

Leigh Day’s product liability team has unrivalled experience in dealing with defective product claims. The team is ranked as the number one law firm in the field of product liability by legal directories Chambers and the Legal 500.

If you are concerned that you or a member of your family may have been affected by the use of denture adhesive products, and you would like to talk to one of our solicitors about a potential claim, please contact Jill Paterson on 0207 650 1219.

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