There is new toothpaste in town that is attracting a lot of attention. It purports whitening abilities beyond the ken of normal, standard whiteners. Lots of people are excited about it and swear by it already, but is it REALLY the new best whitener around? We are going to explore this today in this article “Is Ap24 Toothpaste The Best Whitener? A Non-Dentist Review”. First, let’s explore a little about how whitening toothpaste works.
So, how does whitening toothpaste work?
Well, consider standard toothpaste. Standard toothpaste contains abrasive materials that scour the surface of your tooth enamel as you scrub away at them each morning and night. Whitening toothpaste takes this a step further, employing chemicals to help remove stains and polish your pearly whites.
Wait.. do they have bleach in them or something?
Nope, you can relax on that. Over the counter whitening toothpastes will typically have their own proprietary blends of whiteners, whereas professional grade whitening products will generally contain chemical whiteners such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in order to get those teeth of yours closer to that desired ivory hue.
Do the dentists have the most powerful whitening toothpastes?
Generally, yes. Over the counter whitening toothpastes are generally only going to whiten your teeth by one level, whereas the stuff that the dentists can give you are going to whiten your teeth by up to three to eight levels! This is a substantial difference. That is why when we hear about products like AP24 we get excited to see if the product is going to live up to the hype. While there are a number of AP24 toothpaste reviews we are going to try and make this the most informative by addressing the questions that we have been hearing the most. Let’s start with the most common.
Is AP24 approved by the American Dental Association?
No, AP24 is not currently approved by the American Dental Association. That said, dentists aren’t required to use or endorse ADA products as they are a private organization and there are a number of excellent products that have been on the market for years without ADA approval.
Is AP24 approved by the Food and Drug Administration?
Nope, but this is normal. As it is an over the counter product AP24 toothpaste does not require FDA approval in order to distribute their wares.
Is AP24 safe to use?
There are no AP24 dangers that we are aware of as having been reported. There are a lot of ‘success stories’ in regards to teeth whitening that people have been claiming and that is the reason that we are writing today. It should be noted that one surfactant(a compound that lowers surface tension between liquids and can act as a detergent) was noted to cause high cholesterol levels in mice. How this would test in humans has not been determined. This specific surfactant was Poloxamer 407 if you should like to research this further via the magic of Google.
So, what sets AP24 apart from other toothpastes?
AP24 toothpaste boasts that its proprietary active blend of ingredients include an emollient called Dimethicone, which they claim makes it harder for re-staining to occur due to the chemical creating a more slick and slippery surface on your tooth enamel.
“Was noted to cause high cholesterol levels in mice.”
Beyond this it contains two surfactants, poloxamer 338 and poloxamer 407. It also boasts one abrasive and fluoridation compound, and these chemicals are Dicalcium Phosphate and Sodium Monofluorophosphate, respectively.
Does it contain abrasives?
AP24 does contain abrasives. It uses Aluminum Dioxide, Hydrated silica, and Titanium Dioxide. These are present in many current whitening toothpaste brands and as their abrasive rating through RDA(radioactive dentin abrasivity, a standard measurement for the abrasiveness of toothpaste) was around 70-80, making it quite safe and well under the American Dental Associations required rating of an RDA below 250.
So, how well does it work?
Unfortunately, we aren’t really sure what all of the hype is about. It seems to work about as well as a standard whitening toothpaste and you can get something much more supercharged from your dentist. That said, there were still quite a number of praising reviews for the product. As far as taste, it’s not as strong in minty taste as you might be used to.
Does it change the color of your teeth?
Well, yes and no. It will not actually change the baseline color of your teeth. That is going to be something more in the realm of peroxide or bleach based whiteners or the mega-powerful whitening agents employed by dentists. That said, if you have serious staining on your teeth, you are definitely going to see some improvement with prolonged usage of the product. This is because of the way that most whitening toothpastes work. They are designed to get rid of stains that can accrue naturally in your teeth based on diet and personal habits(we are looking at you, smokers!).
So how much does AP24 toothpaste cost?
You can get a 4 ounce tube of AP24 for around $12. This is a little on the pricey end cosidering that it is only 4 ounces and the performance is on standard with a lot of less expensive whitening toothpastes. Is it worth it? That would be for you to decide.
Is AP24 toothpaste bad for your teeth?
With the abrasives rating on the lower end of the RDA rating and the lack of bad reports, we are going to go with a resounding ‘No’ on this. The toothpaste appears to be just as advertised, another whitening toothpaste that you can employ on your quest for that perfect smile.
While it comes with glowing reviews, AP24 appears to be a standard whitening toothpaste that has gotten a lot of press by being a small, independent contender. It will remove stains from your teeth so it is working as-advertised but you might get a little more mileage going with one of the more established brands. You be the judge!