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Wednesday 31st October 2012 | 08:38
British Dental Health Foundation Press Release
The British Dental Health Foundation has welcomed a change in tooth whitening law that should put an end to illegal tooth whitening treatments.
The announcement comes as a result of the European Council's directive that tooth whitening products containing or releasing between 0.1 and six per cent hydrogen peroxide can now only be sold to a registered dental professional offering the treatment in their practice.
Supported by a number of leading dental bodies, it has long been the Foundation's belief that tooth whitening is a dental procedure and should only be offered by qualified dental professionals.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said under the European Council's new directive, safety levels around tooth whitening will substantially improve.
Dr Carter said: "Tooth whitening kiosks and the provision of whitening by beauticians pose a danger to our health. The procedure is often carried out by someone with no dental qualifications and can contain hydrogen peroxide above the recommended limit.
"They may be cheaper but this comes at real risk to our health and a possibility of permanent damage to our teeth and gums. Beauticians and those working in kiosks have carried out this procedure without the skills, the knowledge or the expertise required.
"Under the new law, the Foundation believes our safety will no longer be jeopardised by illegal tooth whitening that can often leave lasting damage. By firmly outlawing tooth whitening treatments carried out in beauty salons and whitening kiosks, we are no longer left confused by who can carry out the procedure. If you want your teeth whitened, you must now visit a dental practice.
"We expect local trading standards officers and the General Dental Council now to take action to close down and prosecute those carrying out illegal whitening."