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Denture wearers should heed instructions to help avoid overexposure to zinc
Updated: 3/11/2011 1:00:00 PM

Individuals can have their dentist adjust ill-fitting dentures to reduce the need for extra adhesive Zinc deficiency can pose health risks for people who suffer from the condition, but too much of a good thing may also cause complications. Many denture adhesives contain zinc, so individuals who wear these devices are at risk for ingesting high amounts of the mineral, according to a recent article that was published in the journal General Dentistry.

"If a patient wears dentures, it is essential that he or she follows the instructions and recommended dosages on the product label," lead research author J. A. von Fraunhofer said.

The researcher added that the overuse of adhesives can lead to potentially toxic levels of zinc in a person's body that may cause neurological damage.

Patients may ask their dentist about the amount of bonding agent they should use on a daily basis.

According to the article, one tube should provide between three and 10 weeks of adhesive.

The researchers noted that individuals who have worn the same set of dentures for a long period of time may be prone to using too much paste if their false teeth become ill fitting. These people may lack sufficient dental insurance to cover the costs of corrective procedures.

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