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Call for tougher regulations on teeth whitening

5th May 2011

The General Dental Council has said stricter rules should be enforced in order to restrict who can carry out teeth-whitening treatments in the UK.

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High street shops and shopping centres offer the treatments to thousands of people in Britain every year, and they can be performed by people who have no dental qualifications or experience.

The GDC have called for restrictions which would only allow dental professionals to perform the procedure.

In response, tooth whitening companies have said that the treatment is an aesthetic, not dental, one.

Legislation governing this area is not clear cut as when the Dentists Act 1984 came out teeth whitening was not a common treatment.

Tooth whitening is used to lighten the shade of teeth, which can become darker due to diet, smoking and ageing.

General Dental Council (GDC) chief executive and registrar Evlynne Gilvarry said: "Over the last few years we have received hundreds of complaints from the public and dental professionals about poor tooth whitening."

However, Edward Mills, from the company Smart-Smile, told BBC 5 Live Breakfast: "I have never had a single complaint from a customer."

"I welcome further regulation of the industry, but think the GDC should only clamp down on non-dentists who use peroxide-based whitening treatments, and not the chlorine-dioxide treatments, which I use, because they are safe."


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