Oral health Foundation advises to avoid dental treatments outside of a dental surgery.


Following a BBC report on the rise of illegal teeth whitening procedures, The Oral Health Foundation are advising people to avoid any dental treatments outside of the dental surgery.

Despite teeth whitening only legally allowed to be carried out by trained dental professionals, figures have shown a 26% rise in illegal teeth whitening procedures.

“The Oral Health Foundation are advising people to avoid any dental treatments outside of the dental surgery. “

Dentist Dr Ben Atkins, President of the Oral Health Foundation, says “While cosmetic treatments like tooth whitening and orthodontics may seem like relatively easy procedures, they are quite the opposite. These are medical procedures and should only ever be carried out by a dental professional. The potential repercussions of having these treatments by a non-trained dental professional can be extremely dangerous. There could be a greater risk of infection and cross contamination, as well as permanent damage to the teeth gums, mouth and even the jaw. These are the kind of consequences that can last a lifetime, cause unnecessary pain and suffering, and are highly expensive to correct. Never gamble with your health. Always see a trained and qualified professional for dental treatment of any kind.”

The investigation conducted by the BBC has unveiled several companies who have been stating they are reputable training companies but have been providing fake qualifications for courses that have only lasted a few hours.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, says: “Having cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening conducted cheaply and quickly isn’t as consumer-savvy as many are led to believe. The lasting impact of having treatment done by someone who isn’t qualified can be devastating. Dentistry is not something that can be picked up in hours, days or months. The chemicals used to whiten teeth are toxic and, if not used safely, can cause permanent damage to teeth and gums. There is a lot that can go wrong in dentistry and professionals are the only ones who are suitably trained to make these potential risks less likely and deal with any issues in a suitable and timely manner should they occur. Beauticians across the UK must be made aware that conducting teeth whitening is illegal and that by doing so they are putting lives at risk.”

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