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In February, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare issued a Consumer Advisory warning customers about potential health risks associated with long-term excessive use of zinc-containing denture adhesives, including three Poligrip products.

The action was voluntary and precautionary by GSK. The company says it will transition to zinc-free versions of all affected variants. And, on the new packaging, Zinc Free will be clearly displayed. Those products won’t be available on the shelves until the spring.

Many people using denture creams have suffered neurological damage, loss of balance and blood injuries from high levels of zinc contained in these products.

While zinc is good for your immune system and to help wounds heal, a little goes a long way. Women 19 and older need 8 milligrams daily; while males 14 and older need 11 milligrams daily.

What consumers can do

Stop using the products – which include Poli-Grip "Advanced Care," "Extra Strength" or "Ultra Fresh."

Talk to your medical doctor if you are concerned or have suffered any neurological problems associated with long-term use of these products.

Use a zinc-free alternative such as Poli-Grip "Original," "Comfort Strips" or "Powder."

An estimated 30 million Americans wear dentures and use products such as Poligrip.

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