On 19 February 2020, Tara Harris of Stunning Whites, Essex, was found guilty of illegally offering tooth whitening and was ordered to pay over £2000 in fines and legal costs by Basildon Magistrates’ Court.
Following complaints received in May 2019 from two members of the public, our criminal enforcement team launched an investigation.
Jenny Stewart, Head of In-House Appeals and Criminal Enforcement at the GDC said: “Our primary purpose at the GDC is to protect the public from harm. Illegal tooth whitening represents a real risk as those who carry it out are neither qualified to assess a patient’s suitability for the treatment nor are they able to intervene should an emergency arise. The GDC takes reports of illegal practice of dentistry very seriously and, where appropriate, will prosecute in the criminal courts.”
Under the Dentists Act of 1984 it is a criminal offence for a person who is not a registered dentist or a registered dental care professional to practise dentistry. Where we have sufficient evidence that individuals who aren't registered with us are committing offences associated with practising dentistry, operating the business of dentistry or using protected titles, we will bring criminal prosecutions. For more information visit our website here.
If you suspect any cases of illegal practice, report it here.