Dental Services: Regulation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that teeth-whitening procedures are undertaken by regulated professionals.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government is committed to improving the safety of cosmetic procedures through better training for practitioners, and clear information so that people can make informed decisions about their care.

Teeth whitening is the practice of dentistry and teeth whitening products containing or releasing between 0.1% and 6% hydrogen peroxide can only be sold to dental practitioners.

By law, dentistry must only be carried out by dental professionals who are registered with the General Dental Council. It is a criminal offence for anyone other than a registered dentist, or a registered dental practitioner acting under the supervision of a dentist, to offer teeth whitening.

The General Dental Council or Trading Standards have powers to investigate and refer for prosecution unregistered individuals or businesses offering teeth whitening services.

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