Court Fine For Illegal Tooth Whitening Firm

The BACDT comment on the news reporting the owner of a cosmetic firm employed unqualified workers to perform teeth whitening operations.


WEBWIRE – Monday, December 31, 2012

The owner of a cosmetic firm which employed unqualified people to carry out teeth whitening has appeared in court.

Olivia Boyle appeared in court as a representative of Pearl Teeth Whitening Limited, after the company was prosecuted by the General Dental Council (GDC) which deemed the firm’s and owners actions were contrary to dental legislation.

In their report the GDC alleged Pearl Teeth Whitening Limited, trading as Pearl National, unlawfully continued to carry on the business of dentistry at a number of locations throughout England and Wales between January 17 2011 and May 15 2012 when the majority of its directors were not registered dentists or care professionals.

During sentencing at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court earlier this month, Ms Boyle admitted the company had contravened dentistry regulations and accepted a fine of £3,500 with £4,000 costs.

Judge Jonathan Bennnett said: “It is clear from the companies website that Pearl National operated from a large number of locations and from the evidence of the case presented to me, they employed unqualified people to provide teeth whitening to their customers.”

The British Association of Dental Professionals (BACDT), which promotes the awareness and abolishment of illegal dentistry, agree with the decision and discriminate against practices which illegally offer tooth whitening.

Speaking on behalf of the organisation, Richard Daniels stated, “Pearl National breached the Dentists’ Act 1984 while employing unskilled staff to carry out regular procedures, posing a significant health risk to patients for over a year.

“This court case should set an example to similar companies continuing to practice illegal tooth whitening without the necessary qualifications. We need to raise the importance of oral health and encourage people to use only registered dental hygienists and dental therapists who can carry out whitening work on the prescription of a dentist"

The BACDT is a leading professional associations which promotes the advancement of certified practices within clinical dental technology. For more information visit http:dentureprofessionals.org.uk or search through their approved dental surgeries at http://dentureprofessionals.org.uk/cdt-labs/.



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