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Illegal tooth whitening is still rife

A poll carried out by the Oral Health Foundation has revealed that thousands of Brits have admitted to having their teeth whitened by illegal, untrained providers.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation said: 'When done incorrectly, tooth whitening can lead to severe chemical burns and the possibility of permanent scarring, tooth loss and in extreme cases affect the ability to eat and even breath.'

Since 2011, tooth whitening has been considered the practice of dentistry, deeming it illegal for anyone other than a qualified, sufficiently trained, and registered dental professional to carry it out.

Although dental nurses are not allowed to administer tooth whitening treatment, but they can assist in the creation of dental trays for home whitening and also spread the message and build awareness among the public about who they should turn to for professional treatment.

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