AP-24® ANTI-PLAQUE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE
This cavity-fighting formula features a patented plaque-fighting agent that helps remove plaque and debris as you brush. The gentle formula freshens breath with vanilla mint and leaves a clean, fresh-mouth feeling that lasts all day.
Point Value: 7.00
ADR Price $19.00
Active: Sodium Monofluorophosphate 0.86% (anti-cavity, 0.15% w/v fluoride ion) Other Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Water (Aqua), Sorbitol, Glycerin, Dimethicone*, Poloxamer 338*, Poloxamer 407*, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Flavor (Aroma), Sodium Saccharin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 778914). **AP-24 is a patented ultra-emulsion of medical grade, high molecular weight Dimethicone and surfactants (Poloxamer 338 and Poloxamer 407).
**AP-24 is a patented ultra-emulsion of medical grade, high molecular weight Dimethicone and surfactants (Poloxamer 338 and Poloxamer 407).
Adults and children two years of age and older: Brush teeth thoroughly, preferably after each meal or at least twice a day, or as directed by a dentist or physician. Instruct children under six years of age in good brushing and rinsing habits (to minimize swallowing). Supervise children as necessary until capable of using without supervision.
Children under two years of age: Consult a dentist or physician.
AP-24® ANTI-PLAQUE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE Benefits
- Removes plaque during brushing.
- Helps reduce plaque buildup.
- Aids in prevention of dental cavities.
- Gentle to teeth and mild to gums.
- Helps loosen and remove debris with brushing action.
- Leaves a clean, just-brushed feeling that lasts.
AP-24® ANTI-PLAQUE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE Detail Product Information
Prevents plaque buildup. This cavity-fighting formula features a plaque-fighting agent that helps remove plaque and debris as you brush. The gentle formula freshens breath with vanilla mint and leaves a clean, fresh-mouth feeling that lasts all day.
• Removes plaque during brushing.
• Leaves a clean, just-brushed feeling that lasts.
• Gentle to teeth and mild to gums.
• Helps loosen and remove debris.
• AP-24®—a plaque-fighting agent of medical-grade dimethicone and surfactants. AP-24® is a long chain that can wrap around teeth and hold tightly to leave your mouth feeling slicker and fresher longer.
• Dicalcium phosphate—a mild abrasive that gently loosens and removes debris.
• Sodium monofluorophosphate—approved form of fluoride that can be used to fight cavities.
Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Brush teeth thoroughly, preferably after each meal. Brush at least twice a day, or as directed by a dentist or physician.
Instruct children under 6 years of age in good brushing and rinsing habits (to minimize swallowing). Supervise children as necessary until capable of using without supervision.
Children under 2 years of age: Consult a dentist or physician.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the RDA of AP-24® Anti-Plaque Fluoride Toothpaste?
RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity) is the scale used to measure relative abrasivity of toothpastes. This scale starts at 0 and is open-ended. According to the American Dental Association, any product that falls below 250 is considered safe and effective for everyday use.† The RDA value of AP-24® Anti-Plaque Fluoride Toothpaste is between 70 and 80, which is considered very mild.
†http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-healthtopics/toothpastes 1. [ADA] Council on Dental Therapeutics. Abrasivity of current dentifrices. J Am Dent Assoc 1970;81(11):1177-8. 2. Gonzalez-Cabezas C, Hara AT, Hefferen J, Lippert F. Abrasivity testing of dentifrices—Challenges and current state of the art. Monogr Oral Sci 2013;23:100-7. 3. St. John S, White DJ. History of the development of abrasivity limits for dentifrices. J Clin Dent 2015;26(2):50-4. 4. Hunter ML, Addy M, Pickles MJ, Joiner A. The role of toothpastes and toothbrushes in the aetiology of tooth wear. Int Dent J 2002;52:399-405.
Relative dentin abrasivity (RDA) is a method of measuring of the erosive effect of abrasives in toothpaste on tooth dentin. It involves using standardized abrasives compared against the test sample. The determination of this value is done by determining the activity while cleaning worn dentin which is radioactively marked by mild neutron irradiation. The values obtained depend on the size, quantity and surface structure of abrasive used in toothpastes.
Abrasivity measurements are given by what’s known as an RDA value which stands for radioactive dentin abrasion or relative dentin abrasivity. The maximum value for FDA approval is 200. Toothpastes that claim whitening properties apear to have a higher abrasiveness index. Here is how to interpret the RDA values:
- From 0 to 80 = low abrasion
- 70 to 100 = midrange abrasion
- 100 to 150 = highly abrasive
- 150 to 250 = considered harmful to teeth
Which ingredient helps remove plaque from the teeth?
The abrasive system used in this AP-24® toothpaste consists of dicalcium phosphate.
Are AP-24® products ADA approved?
AP-24® products are not ADA (American Dental Association) approved. There are no requirements for dentists to use ADA products, nor is ADA approval required to indicate a quality product.
Active Ingredient: Sodium Monofluorophosphate .86% (0.15% w/v fluoride ion).
Inactive Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Water (Aqua), Sorbitol, Glycerin, Cellulose Gum, Dimethicone,* Poloxamer 338,* Poloxamer 407,* Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Flavor.
* AP-24® is a patented ultra-emulsion of medical grade, high molecular weight dimethicone and surfactants (poloxamer 338 and poloxamer
AP-24 FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE Ingredient Safety
AP-24® WHITENING FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE
The safety of our products is extremely important to Nu Skin. Nu Skin was founded on the belief that it could develop products containing beneficial and truly effective ingredients. This commitment to product quality and innovation remains the company’s long-standing priority. Nu Skin relies on major governmental and regulatory bodies to decipher whether an ingredient is safe to use.
Nu Skin continues to monitor the latest research on ingredient safety to maintain the highest standard of safety and quality. The scientific committees that review these studies are associated with organizations such as the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP), Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) in the United States and other European Countries, the Food and Drug Association (FDA), American Medical Association (AMA) – toname just a few.
These review boards are made up of unbiased, educated and qualified scientists and professionals that understand the methods of scientific research and have a great deal of knowledge in these specific areas. These committees examine all the available studies on a given ingredient and determine whether it is safe for human application and the environment as presently used in cosmetics. As these are qualified scientists and professionals, they do not take each study at face value. Rather, they weigh the study based on the use of the ingredient, its dose, how the research was conducted and other factors when evaluating its application to human health.
AP-24 Fluoride Whitening Toothpaste was developed based on these same standards. Each ingredient within in this formula is included at a safe and efficacious amount per the available research. Dosing of ingredients or their concentration greatly impacts their safety. What is safe at one level, could be dangerous at another and completely ineffective at yet another. Skilled scientists and formulators ensure the final product is safe, effective and pleasing the end user. None the less, due to individual differences there is a chance of irritation with this or any product. If this occurs, the product should be discontinued.
The USFDA has approved fluoride as an Over the Counter (OTC) drug in the US. The inclusion of fluoride such as, sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, and stannous fluoride, is needed at an effective dose to make any anticaries claims for products. The use of fluoride in toothpastes has been thoroughly vetted and found to be safe and effective for prevention of dental cavities (decay, caries). The American Dental Association mandates that any product with its seal of approval have fluoride per the final US FDA monograph. For more information on fluoride use and safety see Anticaries Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use; Final Monograph; 21 CFR parts 310, 355, and 369. For information on fluorosis, see http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fluorosis.
Aluminum Hydroxide (Alumina)
Aluminum Hydroxide is a stable form of aluminum utilized in many personal care products including toothpaste. In toothpaste, it is included as an abrasive to help remove plaque and surface stains. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel has reviewed aluminum hydroxide stating that this ingredient’s use in cosmetics is chemically equivalent to that used in OTC antacid product. They also indicate that aluminum hydroxide should not be confused with elemental aluminum as these are substantially different in terms of physical properties, chemical properties, functions, and potential for toxicity. As such, aluminum hydroxide is poorly absorbed. They further concluded that they were “not concerned with the potential for incidental ingestion of alumina when used in lipsticks or oral hygiene formulations. The amount of the aluminum ion that could be released in the digestive tract through the incidental ingestion of such cosmetic products are far below the levels of toxicological concern.” See Becker, L.C. et al. Safety Assessment of Alumina and Aluminum Hydroxide as Used in Cosmetics. IJT 35(Suppl. 3):16-33, 2016
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
After reviewing the available scientific literature, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel has indicated a that sodium lauryl sulfate is safe when used in “formulations designed for discontinuous, brief use followed by thorough rinsing from the surface of the skin” similar to its use in toothpaste formulations. Oral consumption studies, including those in quantities much larger than what would be expected from ingestion of oral hygiene products, did not show any toxicity concerns. See Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. J Am Coll Toxicol 2(7): 127-181, 1983
Concerns involving the abrasiveness of hydrated silica need to take into consideration the formulation of the final product. Silicates,such as hydrated silica, are specifically mentioned as examples of mild abrasives used to remove debris and surface stains and is specifically listed on the ADA website as typical toothpaste ingredients. The RDA, which measure the potential abrasiveness of a toothpaste, of AP-24 Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste is 103. This is well below the limit considered safe for daily use.
Titanium dioxide is an approved food colorant that helps to make products aesthetically more pleasing. The health concerns relative to titanium dioxide revolve around its inhalation. Within personal care formulations, the titanium dioxide is bound and therefore does not have the ability to be inhaled. It, therefore, does not pose any of the same concerns. For more safety information on Titanium dioxide,
Acting as a humectant, PEG-12, is a polymer of ethylene glycol. Research on this ingredient indicates that is minimally absorbed. The ingredient used within our formulas is processed to remove 1,4 dioxane concerns. Thus, this ingredient does not pose any health or safety concerns. For more information on the safety of PEG-12, see http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/triethylene-glycol-and-pegs.
The ADA website lists saccharin as an example of a typical toothpaste ingredient for flavoring agents. While early research on saccharin called its use into question, more recent studies have evaluated these concerns and found them unreasonable for humans. Additionally, saccharin and sodium saccharin were delisted from the Proposition 65 list more than a decade ago. For more information on the safety of sodium saccharin, see http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/saccharin-and-its-calcium-and-sodium-salts.
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