The General Dental Council (GDC) has had much recent success in prosecuting illegal practitioners offering teeth whitening. Last week a Preston woman was found guilty of offering the service illegally, while a Wigan-based man was also found guilty of the same practise two weeks ago. On 30 March 2015 Faye Hill, with an address in Salisbury, pleaded guilty before the local Magistrates Court to unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.
By law, only dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians can carry out tooth whitening. All of these practitioners must also register with the GDC in order to perform these services in the UK. Miss Hill, who has never registered with the GDC, operated a mobile tooth whitening business and used a ‘self-administered’ system of whitening. She was trained by “Naturawhite”. Her offence relates to an incident which took place in Salisbury, Wiltshire on 10 February 2015.
Miss Hill received a 12 month conditional discharge, was ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and costs to the GDC of £600.