Activists call for more action against illegal teeth whiteningbeauticians
Campaigners and activists have urged the authorities to take more actions against 'rogue' beauticians who offer teeth whitening and those who sell illegal kits.
The councils in England and Wales said that such people should face tougher penalties from the law enforcement agencies. The Local Government Association said that some of the illegal kits contain 300 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide. They said using these kits could cause blistering, burns and other damage.
The government has said that it is working to increase awareness over the matter but did not indicate if stricter action will be taken against those involved. Under the law, only dental professionals can legally perform teeth whitening at business premises but the government found that a high number of unqualified staff are offering the treatment. The Department of Health warned that the service provided by unqualified staff may pose risk to the teeth and gums.
The General Dental Council has said that it has successfully prosecuted several non-qualified practitionersfor the illegal practice of dentistry. "Illegal DIY teeth whitening kits may promise fast results and a brighter smile but those containing dangerous levels of hydrogen peroxide are the equivalent of brushing with bleach and can put oral health at risk," said the LGA's Simon Blackburn.
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