What Is PAP and Is It A Safe Teeth Whitening Method?
This episode is all about one of the most hyped-up topics in dentistry: whitening. While Dr. B has spoken on the topic previously and there is plenty of information available on his website, today’s episode looks at whitening in the context of a new substance on the market that claims to be safer than conventional hydrogen peroxide-based methods. It’s called PAP, or phthalimidoperoxycaproic acid, and today’s question about it comes from Charlotte in the UK; is it actually a safer alternative to peroxide? You might be surprised by Dr. B’s answer!
Key Points From This Episode:
- Some background on whitening and why there is so much hype and so little science behind it
- Find out what PAP is, how it works, and why the narrative that it is safe is dangerous
- Why regulations regarding whitening should be stricter in the US, like they are in the EU
- The importance of professional supervision when it comes to whitening
- Hear why Dr. B doesn’t recommend PAP as an alternative to hydrogen peroxide
- How overexposure to hydrogen peroxide and PAP can increase tooth sensitivity
- Dr. B recommends waiting for further studies to be conducted on PAP before jumping on the bandwagon
- Why you should be wary of any dentist that advises you to whiten your teeth
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