As a natural oral care brand, we deeply understand the desire for a healthy bright-white smile. We also deeply understand the confusion that can arise when it’s time to pick the products that will help you achieve that spectacular smile.
The truth is, the dental world has been dominated by the same few ingredients (and big brands) for decades. But are these really the best options?
Today, we’re going to examine a new whitening ingredient on the block: PAP (formally known as Phthalimidoperoxycaproic acid). PAP stands to challenge long-used chemical whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. But unlike these chemical agents that tend to burn and sting as they work their whitening magic, PAP works to remineralize your teeth and reduce sensitivity as it whitens.
Pretty cool, right? Now, let’s dive a little deeper and examine PAP’s effectiveness in various different methods of teeth whitening.
methods of PAP teeth whitening
Whitening toothpaste is one of the easiest ways to give your pearly whites a daily dose of sparkle. But many conventional whitening toothpastes use chemical agents that strip your teeth of essential minerals and nutrients, leading to enamel damage and sensitivity.
The most concentrated conventional whitening toothpastes contain up to 5% hydrogen peroxide, an amount that we don’t recommend...especially for daily use. In many other countries, hydrogen peroxide is highly restricted and often banned, especially at high concentrations.
- 5% hydrogen peroxide toothpastes wouldn’t pass in the EU, which has a 0.1% limit on hydrogen peroxide in over-the-counter products.
- In Canada, hydrogen peroxide products are also subject to restrictions based on use, concentration, and manufacturing.
- In Japan, hydrogen peroxide is considered unsafe for use, so it’s completely banned from cosmetic products.
So, why is it still so widely used in America, especially at such high concentrations?
When it comes to your daily oral care, we tend to err on the side of caution. We want to be sure the ingredients you’re using every day are safe for your oral health, gut health, and overall health! That’s why we’re working on new products containing PAP, an ingredient that whitens teeth as effectively as hydrogen peroxide....but it takes a different, more holistic approach.
PAP whitening toothpaste nurtures a bright white smile, especially when it’s combined with nano-hydroxyapatite. These two ingredients work together to remineralize your enamel and relieve sensitivity in your teeth and gums....rather than cause it.
Speaking of conventional whitening products with high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, conventional whitening mouthwashes can contain 2% hydrogen peroxide.
Not to mention, if you DIY your whitening mouthwash with hydrogen peroxide, you might have much higher levels of this chemical. Many dentists don’t recommend the regular use of hydrogen peroxide in a mouthwash or rinse, since they can be super harsh on your gums and enamel.
If you’re looking for a whitening mouthwash that’s safe for regular use, we recommend one fortified with PAP, hydroxyapatite, xylitol, and premium mint oils. By using these ingredients and avoiding ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and SLS (a chemical foaming agent that’s famous for causing irritation), you can achieve a whiter smile that’s nourished and free of sensitivity.
PAP whitening strips
If you’ve tried conventional teeth whitening strips, you probably know they whiten your teeth at the expense of your comfort. After all, these strips adhere to your teeth and sit on the surface for a while!
As they whiten your teeth, hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide (a mix of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide) strip minerals from your enamel, making your teeth more porous and.exposing the “tubules” that lead to your tooth’s center nerve. Not to mention, these chemicals also irritate your sensitive gum tissues. (Don’t forget, your gums also help prevent sensitivity by protecting the tubules toward the bottom part of your tooth.)
If you already have sensitive teeth, these side effects of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide can be extremely uncomfortable!
Luckily, PAP whitening strips provide a gentler alternative.
Not only does PAP avoid introducing sensitivity to your teeth + gums, but it actually works to reverse existing sensitivity as it activates whitening. Especially in the form of a whitening strip, PAP and hydroxyapatite work together to adhere to your tooth’s surface, penetrate your enamel, and remineralize your teeth from the inside out. You won’t catch these intentional ingredients burning your teeth and gums....or stripping them of essential nutrients!
PAP whitening gel
Many whitening gels come in the form of a gel pen used for “on the go” whitening. Maybe you’ve just had coffee or red wine and you see some surface stains. You apply the gel whitening pen to quickly lift these stains. You let the gel sit on the surface of your teeth, and you avoid eating or drinking for up to 20-30 minutes.
But what happens after that? You might take a sip of water, and ingest whatever ingredients are left on the surface of your teeth. Don’t you want those ingredients to be healthy and gentle?
Any medical professional (or product warning label) will tell you that swallowing hydrogen peroxide is not safe. While we don’t recommend swallowing PAP either, we know that it’s gentler on your oral and gut microbiomes than hydrogen peroxide.
jumpstart whitening with our hydroxyapatite toothpaste
When searching for PAP teeth whitening products, you’ll run into a lot of “PAP+” options. These products utilize formulas that combine PAP with hydroxyapatite, another whitening + remineralizing ingredient.
Hydroxyapatite is a compound that already exists in your teeth and bones. Davids sensitive + whitening toothpaste is fortified with nano-hydroxyapatite (microscopic hydroxyapatite particles) that penetrate your enamel, replenish minerals, and repair stains, scratches, and imperfections at the source. Because hydroxyapatite already exists in your teeth, the nano-hydroxyapatite particles feel “at home,” allowing them to reach the deeper layers of your teeth and fortify them with essential minerals.
Many people who try our hydroxyapatite toothpaste report whiter, less sensitive teeth in as little as five days! See how great your teeth can look and feel when you add this incredible ingredient to your daily oral care routine.