The UK regulator for dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted an unqualified practitioner who carried out tooth whitening procedures on members of the public.
Julie Marino from Cambridge was not qualified in dentistry when she offered tooth whitening services to clients, the court heard.
The unlawful dentistry practice was carried out at The Studio, 16 Orchard Close in Harston, Cambridge. Ms Marino is a director of The Teeth Whitening Company based in Cambridge, which has franchises across the UK.
However, in order to carry out tooth whitening, it is necessary to be qualified in dentistry, as the procedure is the practice of dentistry, says the GDC. Accordingly, tooth whitening must only be carried out by registered dentists – or dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians working to the prescription of a dentist.
At Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 3 September, 2015, Julie Marino pleaded guilty to unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry – namely tooth whitening – contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.
She was fined £1,000 with costs of £2,000 – and was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.
The GDC advises patients to check whether their dentist is qualified at www.gdc-uk.org.
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