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Prosecution and fine for illegal tooth whitening

Published: 04/07/2017

A woman has been fined hundreds of pounds after admitting to carrying out tooth whitening illegally on members of the public, following a prosecution by the General Dental Council (GDC).

Sharon Dibbo, from Rotherham, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court to offering the treatment unlawfully – at Lipstick Lounge, in Rotherham, Yorkshire. Ms Dibbo is not a qualified dental professional and is not registered with the General Dental Council, meaning that she cannot legally perform the act of dentistry in the United Kingdom.

She was fined £700 and ordered to pay both a £70 victim surcharge and the full costs of £2,285.92 to the General Dental Council.

Victoria Sheppard-Jones, interim head of the illegal practice team, said, “This shows how serious both the GDC and the magistrates’ courts take the illegal practice of dentistry. We hope this outcome will encourage patients to ensure that when they seek dental treatment – such as teeth whitening – they check whether the practitioner is registered with the GDC.

“The GDC’s role is to protect patients and work to maintain public confidence in the dental profession. Part of the way we achieve this is by regulating dental professionals and investigating and, where appropriate prosecuting, cases of illegal practice.

“To ensure patient safety, tooth whitening can only be carried out by dentists and dental care professionals who are registered with the GDC. The GDC investigates and, where appropriate, prosecutes those who carry out illegal dentistry to ensure that members of the public are protected and not put at risk.”