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Tooth whitening – know the facts and stay safe – urges Evesham dentist

by Evesham Dental, on 17th April 2018 | Comments Off on Tooth whitening – know the facts and stay safe – urges Evesham dentist

Last Updated on 17th November 2021

Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to give your smile a boost – but only when carried out by a qualified dental professional, otherwise it’s illegal.

The popularity of tooth whitening has made it an attractive venture for illegal providers, says principal dentist, Richard Colebourne from Evesham Dental Health Team on Broadway Road. This means that unsuspecting people are being put at risk from serious and permanent damage to their mouth.

The UK’s leading dental charity, the Oral Health Foundation, has put together a definitive guide on unscrupulous tooth whitening. The following points will enable everybody to protect themselves from dangerous providers and products, and get a pearly white smile without any risk to their health.

  1. Only qualified dental professionals can perform tooth whitening. This is a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist. If a local beauty parlour or hairdresser is advertising tooth whitening and they are not a dental professional, they are breaking the law.
  2. Ignorance is not an excuse. Many providers may not even be aware they are breaking the law as they have been told by a ‘trainer’ (or possibly a person selling the tooth whitening kit) that what they are doing is legal. This is incorrect and they are still liable.
  3. Fines for illegal tooth whitening are unlimited in Britain and every case brought against illegal providers has been successful. Illegal providers are putting their livelihood and reputation on the line if they provide these treatments.
  4. In Europe, it is illegal to supply whitening material containing more than 0.1% peroxide (or the equivalent in carbamide peroxide) to anyone other than a dentist, or direct to the public. If an illegal provider is offering whitening products stronger than this, you are at serious risk.
  5. The laws are in place to prevent acid or chemical burns being caused. Without the proper procedures in place and used incorrectly it can cause serious and permanent problems to your mouth, lips, gums and tongue.
  6. It may not work and could leave you in constant pain. When used incorrectly whitening is not effective and can even leave your teeth incredibly sensitive when eating or drinking.
  7. If you think somebody is offering illegal tooth whitening, you can report them to the General Dental Council who will investigate and look to protect the public.

For further information please visit or call the Dental Helpline on 01788 539 780 for expert, free and impartial advice.

For professional tooth whitening, trust Evesham Dental Health Team near Worcester. Our door is always open to new patients from across Evesham, Pershore, Bidford, Stratford and the surrounding towns in Worcestershire and Warwickshire. So please feel free to pop into our welcoming, private practice on Broadway Road.

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