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Teeth whiteners better brush up on their paperwork!

Teeth whiteners better brush up on their paperwork!

Thursday 24 July 2014

Teeth whiteners better brush up on their paperwork!

Beauty salons have been ordered to stop offering “teeth whitening” services and threatened with fines of up to £5,000 after a Health department crackdown.

Dentists have been bristling about salons offering teeth whitening, and have complained to the Health department, who found out that it’s a dental service that can only be offered by a registered dental practitioner.

Health say that after checking the legal position with the States lawyers they have written to 40 beauty salons to make sure that they know it’s illegal to offer teeth whitening without a full dental licence.

A statement from the department said: “Concerns have been expressed by dentists because tooth whitening is not a beauty or cosmetic treatment. If done without proper clinical assessment, or performed incorrectly, it can present a risk to an individual’s health.”

Jersey’s law works the same way as the UK’s where the General Dental Council (GDC), the body that regulates dentists took two cases through the criminal courts involving individuals who were not GDC-registered dentists and therefore were not entitled to undertake tooth whitening procedures.


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Posted by The old git Git on
Sounds like sour grapes... the dentists are up against competition now and they don't like it. Maybe they will lower their prices ??
Posted by Patricia Garfield-Bennett on
It is important that the public are protected from unqualified people who are not trained for the same period of time as dentists. In fact there should be more controls on those who carry out other medical procedures i.e. footcare who are not registered with HCPC and have not completed a course of training that qualifies them to be registered with HCPC. It is very important that the public are protected from people who carry out procedures that they are not trained via a professionally recognised course of training leading to registration with HCPC. Public health should look into the qualifications of all medical professions and quasi 'medical' operators who carry out procedures and offer practical treatment and provide procedures to the general public to ensure that the public in Jersey are properly protected.
Posted by The old git Git on
Sorry Patricia, although I know you are on the safety of patients I really feel you are grasping at straws with your comments...Getting back to teeth whitening you can get the gear on the internet as you are aware so where is the health control in Jersey with relation to this ??
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