Do you wear dentures? Do you use denture paste to keep your dentures firmly in place? Are you aware of the potential of zinc poisoning from overusing denture paste? Many manufacturers use zinc in the denture adhesive products being marketed. Here, you will learn about zinc toxicity so that you are aware of the symptoms, learn how to avoid it, and know what can be done if the symptoms set in.
What are the symptoms of zinc toxicity?
The symptoms of zinc toxicity vary depending on the amount of zinc being ingested each day. The immediate effects of zinc overexposure include: stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, no appetite and headaches.
If you continue to be exposed to excessive zinc, the symptoms will worsen. The symptoms for continued overexposure include: urinary track problems, fever, chills, fatigue, anemia and eventually fainting and seizures.
When should you seek medical treatment?
Immediate medical treatment should be sought if you experience any seizures, vomiting, difficulties urinating and difficulty breathing. These are symptoms of severe exposure and if you are not treated immediately, you run the risk of nervous system damage.
How is zinc toxicity treated?
The treatment used will vary. It depends on the way the zinc was ingested and the severity of the symptoms being experienced. In the mildest cases, you may be given milk to help line your stomach and prevent any further zinc absorption. In the worst cases, the stomach will be pumped, fluids given, and medications given to rectify any damage that has been done.
How can you avoid zinc toxicity?
First, stop using denture products that contain zinc. There are several products that will perform just as well as those that do contain zinc. Another option is to make your own denture paste that you know does not contain any zinc. This can save you money and ensure you are not exposed to zinc through your denture products.
Be aware of what foods you are eating. Foods that contain zinc include: nuts, seafood, meats, eggs, cheese and grains. You need some zinc in your diet to stay healthy, but you do not want to overexpose your body to it. You can find a lot of information about dietary requirements for zinc right here.
Talk with your doctor or dentist, such as James J. Susack, DMD, PC, about any questions you may have about zinc toxicity through denture products. He or she will be able to answer any questions that you have and recommend products that do not contain zinc.