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Phthalimidoperoxycaproic Acid - PAP For Tooth Whitening, is it SAFE?

Phthalimidoperoxycaproic Acid - PAP For Tooth Whitening, is it SAFE?

Posted by Gabriala Brown, Tooth Soap® Founder on Sep 10th 2021

I'm always on the lookout for new oral care products and recently I've seen a rush to market with this new tooth whitening ingredient, PAP.

You can find it for sale on Amazon and the toothpaste containing PAP sells wholesale for .50 cents.

What is PAP for tooth whitening?

PAP is a chemical Phthalimidoperoxycaproic Acid. 

Now I'm going to cut and paste a bit from another website and I will see you after this...

"Is PAP a harmful chemical?

Like mentioned before, PAP is a relatively new whitening agent on the market, and only a couple of brands are using it despite it not being fully understood. Because of the short time frame PAP has been on the market, there is no evidence that it does help with teeth whitening, and there are already researches saying that PAP may be harmful for your teeth. In addition to being potentially harmful to your teeth, PAP can also be flammable, corrosive, and an environmental hazard (“Phthalimidoperoxycaproic Acid”).

Is PAP safe for me to use?

In short, no, PAP isn’t the safest way to whiten your teeth. The British Dental Journal published a study in 2019 that showed that PAP had produced the most damage to teeth in comparison to all other over-the-counter teeth whitening products. PAP was also responsible for creating etching patterns in teeth and the reduction in microhardness, these are all things that potentially affect your enamel.

What is a good alternative I could use to whiten my teeth?

Novashine’s #1 rated teeth whitening is a great alternative to using products with PAP. Why? Because here at Novashine’s we only use dental grade hydrogen-peroxide to not only give you the best teeth whitening results, but also protect and not harm your teeth! Novashine also provides a money back guarantee if you are not happy with the results because we know you will love it! "


Novashine sells hydrogen peroxide for tooth whitening and I'm grateful that they have provided this information on PAP, but there are even more gentle ways to brighten and whiten teeth than using OXIDATION.

Hydrogen peroxide whitens enamel by OXIDIZING enamel.

Oxidation is something we typically want to avoid and the living tooth structure may respond and become whiter by using it, but it is also oxidizing a living part of your body and over time, it definitely weakens enamel.

I've been told more than once by Tooth Soap® clients that using peroxide to bleach their teeth has caused yellowing as they have aged and now it cannot be removed.

As enamel thins, it will begin to reveal the dentin, which is tannish and brownish in color.

If you are into tooth whitening on a regular basis due to drinking fruit juices, wine or tea or even smoking, you want to use the most gentle tooth brightener there is.

Tooth Brights™ with Activated Culinary Charcoal in Liquid and Gel combined with Tooth Brightener™ powder is a winning combo for those that wish to whiten their teeth regularly.