GlaxoSmithKline Super Poligrip statement

Oct. 26, 2009
Statement provided from company about its denture adhesive, according to a GlaxoSmithKline spokesman.

"Super Poligrip denture adhesive is safe and effective for daily, long-term use and there are no health concerns when used as directed.

"Denture adhesives such as Super Poligrip include zinc for improved adhesive strength--it helps the product hold better. The case reports mentioned in the media involved excessive use or misuse of denture adhesive on a chronic basis. When the product is used as directed, the amount of zinc that might be swallowed is small and is not harmful. There are approximately 14 million denture cream users in the U.S.

Zinc is an essential mineral, and is naturally present in many protein-rich foods such as beef, chicken and nuts as well as in many supplements and over-the-counter products. Super Poligrip denture adhesive is a medical device which is regulated by the FDA for use in conjunction with dentures.

"Consumers should not use denture adhesive to compensate for poorly fitting dentures and should see their dentist regularly to ensure their dentures are fitted properly."

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