The UK regulator of dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted a woman for unlawfully practising dentistry in Essex.
Tooth whitening must only be carried out by registered dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians (working to the prescription of a dentist).
On 29 September 2015, Victoria Reeve pleaded guilty at Colchester Magistrates Court to unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, namely tooth whitening, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.
She s been fined £1000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge, and full costs to the GDC of £939.71.
The offences took place at The Nail Bar, 15 Head Street, Halstead, Essex CO9 2AT.
Ms Reeve was offering a ‘self-administered’ method of tooth whitening and her website claimed she was using a banned chemical to whiten teeth, namely sodium perborate.
The court was told Ms Reeve had received two previous warning letters from the GDC.