GSK Releases New Science on Denture Care and Maintenance

GSK Releases New Science on Denture Care and Maintenance
New data presented at IADR/AADR General Session

PITTSBURGH – (July 8, 2009) –GlaxoSmithKline Consumer
Healthcare has released several new scientific studies addressing
the importance of proper denture care. Originally, presented at
the IADR/AADR/CADR 87th General Session in Miami, the studies
tested several GSK denture care products and addressed issues
such as minimizing fungal and bacterial attachment and activity on
dentures, reducing food-related denture stains as well as
enhancing a proper denture fit to increase patient satisfaction.

When taken as a whole, the results of the research conducted by
GSK along with doctors from the University Park Research
Center, University of Maryland and University of Buffalo School of
Dental Medicine show that GSK’s Polident® tablets are highly
effective in eliminating fungal and bacterial activity on dentures as
well as minimizing combination food-related denture stains while
saving both time and money. The studies also show that because
denture acrylic is susceptible to surface roughening, which
encourages bacterial attachment, it is recommended that Polident,
rather than toothpaste, be used as a cleaning agent to eliminate
denture scratching and assure effective cleaning. An additional
study also found Polident to be a safe and effective way to clean
and kill germs on orthodontic appliances.

In other studies presented at IADR/AADR, GSK examined proper
denture fit and patient satisfaction and found that even for well-
made and well-fitting dentures, the use of any one of GSK’s Super
PoliGrip® cream denture adhesives significantly improves denture
function and patient satisfaction. Areas such as retention,
stability, bite force and masticatory efficacy all significantly
improved when compared to using no adhesive. Likewise, patient
satisfaction and confidence also increased with the use of Super PoliGrip denture adhesives.

“These studies help show that utilizing Polident and Super PoliGrip are a benefit not only to effective
denture care and maintenance but to the patient’s overall satisfaction with their dentures,” said Eric
Sensky, GlaxoSmithKline Denture Care Brand Manager. “GlaxoSmithKline is dedicated to helping
dental professionals serve their patients and assist them with feeling comfortable and confident with
their dentures.”

The new data complements earlier research performed by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare on
helping patients transition to life with new dentures and properly care for their dentures. Those studies
showed that use of Polident cleanser helped keep denture surfaces smooth, limiting the growth of
bacteria and helping to keep dentures odor-free. Another study on Super PoliGrip adhesive found the
product beneficial even for well-fitting dentures, with patients reporting increased confidence, comfort
and satisfaction when using the adhesive.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, a leader in the development of denture care products, is
committed to raising awareness of the needs of edentulous patients. As part of that commitment, GSK
is proud to work with the leading researchers in edentulism studies to foster education and innovation.
By presenting these findings at the IADR/AADR, GSK hopes to make the most innovative and relevant
information accessible to dental professionals worldwide.

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