GDC welcomes Illegal Tooth Whitening appeal ruling

19/07/2013

The UK regulator, the General Dental Council (GDC), is welcoming the decision of the High Court convicting Lorna Jamous and confirming that tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry.

On 10 May 2013, the High Court in London overturned an acquittal by Westminster Magistrates Court of Lorna Jamous, who had pleaded not guilty to the offence of practising dentistry whilst not registered with the GDC.

Following the successful appeal by the GDC, the case has been remitted to Westminster Magistrates Court for sentence at a date to be determined.

The GDC has always been committed to using its power to take action against people who offer tooth whitening unlawfully and is primarily concerned with the risk to the public posed by such potentially hazardous treatment being provided by people without the training and qualifications necessary for registration as a dental professional.

Only GDC registered dentists and dental hygienists and dental therapists (working to the prescription of a dentist) can carry out tooth whitening.

Background to Lorna Jamous case

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.

Please remember: Only dentists and dental hygienists and dental therapists (working on the prescription of a dentist) can carry out tooth whitening.