Teeth Whitening StripsWhat You Need To Know

Keep your smile healthy and bright with these simple tips.

What To Avoid
PVP and PEG-8:If you choose to use whitening strips or creams, avoid strips or creams that contain: polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), an adhesive polymer also used in glue sticks, batteries, paints, and also inks; acrylates copolymer, a thickener and adhesive (can irritate skin and eyes); and polyethylene glycol (PEG-8), derived from ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze.
Children:Babies and children should not use whitening strips or creams.
Safer Choices
Preservative or sweetener free:Strips or creams that contain ingredients such as pure coconut oil, activated charcoal, baking soda, and/or hydrogen peroxide without any added Preservatives or sweeteners.
DIY:You can simply use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Brush it on with your toothbrush, wash it out and smile!
Find Safer Products
Websites and Apps:
Clearya is a free browser extension and app that notifies you when there are unsafe ingredients in your makeup, personal care, baby care, cleaning and other products, and helps you find safe products.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - Nontoxic Black Beauty Project
They offer a list and database of non-toxic beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies that are committed to toxic-free beauty and personal care products.
Detox Me
This app allows you to scan barcodes on products to find relevant tips. They also offer a buying guide to decode product labels and find non-toxic alternatives.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG has a "Skin Deep" database that rates personal care and beauty products based on their safety and toxicity levels. EWG also offers a Healthy Living app that allows you to scan barcodes and find safer products.
Think Dirty
This app and website allow you to scan or search for personal care products to see their ingredient safety ratings.