GDC stance on whitening upheld

GDC stance on whitening upheld
The General Dental Council (GDC) has welcomed a decision by the High Court that tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry and should only be undertaken by regulated dental professionals. The High Court has overturned a Magistrates’ Court’s decision to acquit Ms Lorna Jamous of the offences of practising dentistry and unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry when not regulated by the GDC.

 On 10 May 2013 judges at the High Court in London convicted Ms Jamous of the two offences. The case has been remitted to Westminster Magistrates' Court for sentencing. The GDC has pointed out that only dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists (working to the prescription of a dentist) can carry out tooth whitening.

The background to Lorna Jamous case is that the GDC alleged she had:

(i) unlawfully practised dentistry, namely tooth whitening, at 88 Fountain Court, Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SU on 27 December 2011 contrary to sections 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984; and
(ii) carried on the business of dentistry on or before 27 December 2011 contrary to sections 41 (1) and (1B) of the Dentists Act 1984.

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