Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney Alerts Consumers to Hazards of Zinc Exposure from Denture Creams

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Attorney says many consumers are unaware they may be receiving a dangerous dose of zinc from their denture creams.

Zinc is an essential element to healthy living, but many denture creams introduce a hazardous amount of the element into the body

Denture creams used by millions of people have been linked to an overexposure to zinc, which can lead to a dangerous nerve disorder, warns Frank M. Jenkins III, a prominent personal injury attorney in Lexington, Kentucky.

"Zinc is an essential element to healthy living, but many denture creams introduce a hazardous amount of the element into the body," said Jenkins, of the Frank Jenkins Law Office in Lexington, KY. "Because many people apply denture cream every day, or even several times each day, the amount of zinc they ingest can reach levels that damage the nervous system."

Popular denture creams such as Poligrip® or Fixodent® contain zinc, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require manufacturers to disclose this information in packaging, and consumers are not aware that they may be getting too much zinc in their system, Jenkins said.

In 2008, the American Academy of Neurology published a study that concluded some denture wearers had excessive zinc levels. The study concluded that zinc in the denture adhesives was apparently absorbed through the gums or swallowed each time the patients ate or drank something, exposing them to as much as 340 milligrams of zinc daily -- far in excess of the recommended daily allowance.

Overexposure to zinc can lead to neuropathy, a disorder of the peripheral nervous system that can impair motor function and mobility and cause severe pain, according to the study. More information about zinc, denture creams and neuropathy can be found on the firm's Web site.

About The Frank Jenkins Law Office

The Lexington, KY personal injury attorneys of the Frank Jenkins Law Office handle injury and accident cases, including denture cream cases, motorcycle accidents, car accidents, wrongful death, workplace accidents, construction accidents and Social Security disability. For more information, contact the Frank Jenkins Law Office today at 800-227-9732 or through the firm's online contact form.

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