Shortly after my wise old grandmother (MWOG) adopted me in December 1965, I went to the dentist with her, not because I needed dental work but because she didn’t want to leave me home all alone since I was still quite the juvenile delinquent.
Her dentist was her brother, Dr. Bill Dismuke, and he lived in Victoria TX, about 110 miles from us in Kingsville.
Dr. Dismuke forever soured me on dentists. It was nothing specific that he did. It was what all dentists did, and still do, and I, an impressionable juvenile delinquent of age 10.75, was impressed by the amount of pain he could cause MWOG.
Thus, when it comes to my teeth (and health, really), I’m kind of a “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” guy. When I started having knee and shoulder problems from crawling around under houses and in attics as a home inspector, I went to the doctor to see if it was just age-related or something more serious. It’s just age-related, nothing that a cortisone injection and some daily pain killers couldn’t help. Ultimately, though, I retired as a home inspector on December 31, 2015.
I know all the problems and potential problems with my teeth.
Back in the pre-x-ray dentistry days, I was told that I had no wisdom teeth. Didn’t bother me since everyone has their wisdom teeth pulled, causing extreme pain four times over.
I went to a dentist here in San Diego about a decade ago to have my teeth whitened since he was having a special on teeth whitening but only for new customers. He took x-rays of my mouth and told me that he could not whiten my teeth because I had a hole in my jaw that needed to be fixed before he could use the whitening chemicals in my mouth. The x-ray showed that I did have one wisdom tooth, but it didn’t come in completely. It was sitting there, hidden from view except by x-ray, messing with my jawbone and the next-door-neighbor tooth and, according to the dentist, “was causing pain.” He didn’t believe me when I said it wasn’t causing pain, little liar that I am. Nonetheless, he refused to whiten my teeth, and I refused to having anything done about the hole in my jaw.
I occasionally have pain in the area where that wisdom tooth is but nothing that Sensodyne toothpaste doesn’t fix. However, I can’t drink fluids on that side of my mouth that are colder than about 86°F, nor can I eat sugar on that side of my mouth. The pain is just too intense.
Meanwhile, my teeth were the same color yellow as that beautiful orb in the sky that I have always worshipped, so I didn’t see a problem.
Then, one day while teaching chess in an afterschool enrichment program a couple of years ago, a little third grader asked me my age. I jokingly told him that it wasn’t polite to ask people their ages. All he said was, “You must be old because you have yellow teeth.”
Ever since then I keep my mouth closed and often think about having lots of dental work done so that I can have my teeth whitened.
Enter AP-24 Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste by Nu Skin.
A Facebook friend was touting the benefits of AP-24. Granted, she was selling it so obviously it had lots of benefits. And it’s expensive. $20 for a little 4-oz tube, and it’s just a plain white tube. No pretty colors like Sensodyne and Crest. 😦
Interestingly, although the front of the tube says “Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste,” the back “Drug Facts” say that its Use is “Aids in the prevention of dental cavities.” That’s it. Nothing about whitening the teeth. The active ingredient is Sodium Monofluorophosphate whos purpose is “anticavity.” Nothing about whitening.
So maybe it’s one of the inactive ingredients that is supposed to get the whitening done:
Water (Aqua), Hydrated Silica, Sorbitol, Aluminum Oxide, Glycerin,
Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Dimethicone, Poloxamer 338, Poloxamer 407,
PEG-12, Cellulose Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Saccharin,
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Flavor
I was skeptical, but $20 is just 5 happy-hour margaritas, so I decided to give it a try.
My tube arrived a month ago but I did not rush right into the bathroom to brush my teeth with it. In fact, it sat unopened for a couple of weeks. One morning I opened it and read the instructions. Nothing out of the ordinary except this:
If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.
No more eating the toothpaste, I guess.
Since it is quite expensive, and since I need my Sensodyne for my jawbone pain, I have only used it twice, notwithstanding the instructions that say,
Brush teeth thoroughly, preferably after each meal or at least twice a day, or as directed by a dentist or doctor.
I’m here to tell you today that, although there is no pretty tube and the stuff is expensive and it has no flavor, this is the best whitening toothpaste in the world. Remember that I have only used it twice. Third time will be after I publish this blog post.
Currently my teeth are whiter than previously by a factor of at least 10. I’m pretty impressed, and it’s fairly difficult to impress me.
If you’re interested in teeth whitening without the cost of a dentist and without all those chemicals that dentists use, give it a try, and I’d be very happy (although not compensated) if you’d buy it from my source, P.J. Stratford. She’s at 480-326-6552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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