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264 Points

Sun, Feb 8, 2015 4:55 AM

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

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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3.2K Points

6 years ago

What dose using zinc do to ur health

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184 Points

Ruins your neurological system, starts with numbness and long term 20years, wheelchair: zinc poisoning.

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2.7K Points

6 years ago

I wouldn't worry about zinc. We all need it in our diets everyday. Its in multivitamins and green veggies. I know what you mean by the dentures not staying. No matter what I use it comes loose when I eat. Very frustrating.

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80 Points

Zinc interacts with medications, such as the ones taken for thyroid disease. So it may make a big difference if you are on medication.

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80 Points

Zinc in denture powder and creams have been known to cause neuropathy

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80 Points

I would worry about .my husbands life is destroyed can barley walk .muscles waist ect ect .its horriifc what it has done to him .the zinc is toxic to your body and strips the copper from your spine leaving your nerves exposed and damaged x

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60 Points

having a problem lately with balance and walking. been using efferdent for years, thank you for sharing. I hope your husband has improved.

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6 years ago

I think that, like anything else, ingesting too much zinc could be detrimental.  But, I hardly think the amount found in a dental adhesive is going to cause an overdose. 

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6 years ago

Amy I found that too. I tried Secure and it holds.....no zinc in it.

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264 Points

Thanks Jeanne. I will look for Secure next time I am at Walgreens.

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60 Points

Secure will damage your dentures .The polyvinyl attacks the denture material leaveing you to clean out the material that now is part of your dentures  not good


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1.4K Points

6 years ago

Jeanne Roushey, how easy is Secure to remove from the gums after the dentures are taken out?  I've had problems getting residue from Fixodent and other brands out of my mouth.  If I don't, it tears up my disgestive system and throws me into diarrhea.

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I use a teaspoon of organic coconut oil, swish for a few minutes, spit in trash, not in sink, then rinse with water, mouthwash, pretty clean with not much stress. Coconut oil is very healthy, just don't swallow with gook in it. It also cleans out bacteria in your mouth. Google "oil pulling" .....I used it before I had dentures and tried experimentally to see if it would clear out adhesive. Yippee, it worked.

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112 Points

Why NOT the sink. Is it bad 4 the pipes?

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80 Points

I don't have a problem at all with the zinc free, it's not so much the denture cream, it's all about how well you dentures are made.
http://fixodentsettlements.weebly.com/1/post/2011/4/fixodent-lawsuits-fixodent-side-effects-and-swit...

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4.1K Points

6 years ago

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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264 Points

 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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112 Points

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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184 Points

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 .

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6 years ago

I totally agree with Fyllis on this matter. No zink does not hold as well. We all have opinions on this....which is great. Use what you want that holds the best.
Fyllis just wondering what line of work are you in? Medical...legal...or maybe work for fixodent. You do have a lot of accurate facts. Thank you.

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I think that our opinions about what "works" is based on what works for us.  When I first got my immediate denture I was using Poligrip primarily because it did not contain zinc.  Didn't need more health issues, so I planned to avoid zinc products because of the hype.  Did some research and found that those who had problems had grossly overused the product...not just an occasional "reglue" which is what I do when we go out at night.  Currently use "no zinc added" Fixodent and it works well.  It has lasted up to 14 hours.  If we are going out, I re-apply.  Not a problem.  Sure, there are times when the "thing in my mouth" surprises me and slips earlier but it's an easy fix.  Haven't needed anything more heavy duty yet.  Hope when implants are "exposed" I don't.  Fingers crossed.

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6 years ago

Thanks Patti. I am a retired nurse and I now work in Customer Service for several International catalogs. I was taught at a young age that if you want to make an informed decision about something, you have to gather information. So, I spend a LOT of time doing research online and at the library. My parents are both deceased but, their wisdom has been instilled in me and I passed it on to my daughter. I have always been an avid reader (Thanks Mom!) and I enjoy "gathering information".

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6 years ago

Sorry Amy if my reply angered you. You are right this was a question that you opened up and i guess we should of just stuck to the question you asked.....well my answer to your question is....how the hell would i know why without zinc does not work as well????  i am not an expert or a scientist. I have only had my dentures for 4 months and all i know is i come on here to get tips and info from others and try to leave some.
right now nothing is working for mine...zinc ...no zinc...secure...fixodent...nothing stays when i eat..

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Patti I think she was responding to Fyllis post.

Fyllis, your answer got lost in the middle of your post. I had to reread to find it.

All: we should've by now learned that we all are different. There is no book, person or website that suits everyone. Sharing info is helpful but mostly supporting each other should be highest priority. Sadly we are part of a group that society is allowed to make fun of. Hope that ends soon.

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264 Points

Thanks Jeanne, you are absolutely right! I was responding to Fyllis. If I sounded upset, my appologies! It was not my intention to sound like that.
My intention was for Fixodent to read the tremendous amount of complains I am reading just in this page and do something about it!! It is not just the new Fixodent without zinc..I went back to the old version and it does not work either. Something has been changed in it that does not work. Why Fixodent does not go back to the old formula ?? If any of you out there are representing this company, please, do something about it. Many of us will thank you for eternity..or longer!

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Amy, I agree, this is a highly stressful and emotional issue. I am so tired of hearing about the people who got dentures and ate steak and corn on the cob that night. I feel like smacking the next one that says that. Losing my teeth that I spent a fortune trying to save and ultimately dealing with dentures has been a life changer. This website has helped me a lot but it doesn't solve every problem. I'd love to know that a company CEO has dentures and totally understands what we are going through. My personal best brand so far has been Secure. However there is room for improvement in all products. Who of us ever thought that one of our must-need products like toilet tissue, would be denture adhesive. Many don't have room in their budget for these products, let alone those that aren't effective.

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246 Points

I've had this Problem of nothing staying but hopefully what I advise for u will work as it has for me. I use polygrip the green tube(super) and then i sprinkle fixodent powder and it is truly a miracle grip. I hope this works for u. I've advised someone else on this site also. Please let me know if it does for you. Good luck. Laura

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It seems that some people have overused fixodent, and zinc appears to have been removed from cold cures. They don't work any more.  I wondered why my zicam was not working and I think this may explain it.  I bought a zinc supplement and my horrid bronchial cold immediately departed.

I feel very very sorry for the people who have neuropathy without knowing the cause, but because of the few are the majority to be deprived of good OTC medicines?

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6 years ago

Hi Amy! Thanks for your question. I’m sorry that Fixodent Plus TrueFeel has not worked as well for you as Fixodent Original. Our no-zinc-added products are formulated to last all day with one application, just like Fixodent Original. However, since every denture fit is different, it’s definitely possible that one type of Fixodent works better for you than others. If you would, please consider calling our team at 1-855-236-3353. They can discuss your experience and recommend the best Fixodent product for you. Thanks again!

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Stephanie who do they test the products on?

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I am only three weeks out and tired of returing things that don't work.tired of digging this stuff out of my mouth just tired of it all and still can't chew stuff at all.

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I agree...I actually didn't know you can return tubes if they dont work.
Stephanie you say there is a product for everyone but I have tried at least 5 different pastes, powder, strips and none of them stick when I start eating. I dont have to worry about scraping it off my mouth cuz there isnt any left on, its all disolved away.

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@Jeanne, the products are tested on adult denture wearers. If you are interested, you can read about some of the studies and tests carried out at dentalcare.com --> Research, and select the product as Fixodent. :)

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Will do......thanks