This article was published on July 7th, 2014
There are concerns within the dental industry that teeth whitening is being offered on the cheap by some so called dental clinics.
Treatments are being performed by individuals who are not registered with the GDC as a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist. The law states that only these professionals can prescribe tooth whitening as they have the necessary training and qualifications to perform such procedures and they also have the understanding of the importance of preventing cross contamination.
Patients have been urged to check the credentials of any clinic or individual claiming to offer a ‘cheap’ or ‘bargain’ teeth whitening treatment, as these are unlawful in the UK.
A dental professional, concerned with this emerging trend, said: “People are naive because they want to have white teeth, but this isn’t the way to go about it.”
“In the future this will be a major public health problem. If a restaurant has a dirty kitchen, it is shut down – I don’t know why this isn’t thought of in the same way.”
“My concern is not people taking away my business but the fact people are endangering their lives. These people don’t have the right cross-infection controls, which could spread hepatitis B and C and HIV. And that is extremely dangerous.”
The GDC has issued guidelines advising people, who are considering the treatment, to ask their practitioner whether they are registered with the body and what training and experience they have.
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