Illegal Tooth Whitening

13th February 2020

According to the General Dental Council (GDC), the dentistry practise of teeth-whitening “can only safely and legally be offered by registered dental professionals”.


However, this legislation hasn’t stopped untrained beauticians from carrying out the procedure, putting the health of patients at risk in the process.

The BBC recently carried out an investigation looking into the prevalence of illegal teeth-whitening in the UK.


The broadcaster found that in 2019, 732 cases of illegal teeth-whitening procedures were reported to the GDC.

This marked a 26 per cent increase from the year before, when 582 cases of illegal teeth-whitening were reported to the council.

The GDC stated that since 2015, it has launched 126 prosecutions against people unlawfully conducting teeth-whitening procedures.

Dr Ben Atkins, president of the Oral Health Foundation, emphasised the danger of causing errors in dentistry.

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