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Posted -  26/07/2014  :  18:35:22
On Thursday 24 July 2014 Mr Nathan Holliday was found guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court of two offences of unlawfully practising dentistry contrary to section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984, namely tooth whitening. The offences took place at Neat Teeth, 378 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8PJ on 19 December 2013 and 31 March 2014. Mr Holliday didn’t attend court, but was fined £5,000 in his absence and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge. He has also been ordered to pay £2,073.86 towards the GDC costs.

Tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry. This means that, in accordance with the law, it must only be carried out by registered dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians (working to the prescription of a dentist). Patients can check their dental professional is registered by logging on to the GDC’s website. 
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Posted - 22/01/2015 : 22:16:16
I hope she takes down her website pretty sharpish.


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Posted - 17/02/2015 : 08:13:59
On 10 February 2015 Graeme Pattinson pleaded guilty at Teesside Magistrates' Court to unlawfully practising dentistry, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.Mr Pattinson also pleaded guilty to unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry, contrary to Section 41 (1) and (1B) of the Dentists Act 1984.

The offences took place at Ultimate Tanning and Beauty Salon, 4-5 Enterprise House, Thomlinson Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1NS on 24 June 2014.

Section 37 of the Dentists Act 1984 sets out that only registered dentists and appropriate dental care professionals may provide 'treatment, advice and attendance' that is 'usually given by dentists'. Handing someone a tooth whitening tray and, amongst other things, assisting them with its application may constitute the 'advice and attendance' usually given by a dentist, and therefore be illegal.

Mr Pattinson pleaded guilty to the offences on the basis that the treatment he provided was 'self-administered' by the victim. He accepted, by his guilty plea, that his actions were illegal. Mr Pattinson asserted that he used the Megawhite teeth whitening system. 

Mr Pattinson, who has never been registered with the GDC, received a two year conditional discharge. He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £1000 towards the GDC's costs. 


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Posted - 17/02/2015 : 08:14:49
On 12 February 2015 Jemma Knox pleaded guilty at Chorley Magistrates' Court to unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.

  The offence took place at Sparkle Whites, Shaw Hill Golf & Country Club, Whittle le Woods, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 7PP on 13 November 2014.

  Ms Knox, who has never been registered with the GDC, was given an 18 month conditional discharge. She was ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and full costs to the GDC of £2271.40. 


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Posted - 17/02/2015 : 13:13:28
Cane Wheatley and Joanne Wheatley were found guilty after trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 16 February 2015.

  The case was brought against Cane Wheatley after a video clip was downloaded from the internet on 23 May 2014 which appeared to show him performing teeth whitening.

  Joanne Wheatley's offence took place at Essex Smiles, Unit 22, Wych Elm, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QP on 19 May 2014. She was fined £800, ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and costs to the GDC of £1200.

  Cane Wheatley was fined £2000 and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge. He was also ordered to pay costs to the GDC of £2600. 

 


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Posted - 27/02/2015 : 17:45:28
27 February 2015 Illegal tooth whitener can't apply for a judicial review

A woman who was convicted at the High Court in May 2013 of practising dentistry and unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry - namely tooth whitening - when not registered with the GDC, has been refused permission to apply for judicial review in relation to her failed attempt to challenge the High Court's decision. The case involving Lorna Jamous was heard by the Administrative Division of the High Court.

Ms Jamous, who was present but unrepresented, was refused permission to seek judicial review of an earlier decision made at Southwark Crown Court to reject her attempted challenge of the May 2013 ruling. She was also ordered to pay £1500 towards the GDC's costs. Tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry. Only dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians (working to the prescription of a dentist) can carry out tooth whitening.

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On 10 May 2013 the High Court overturned a magistrates' court's decision to acquit her of both offences and convicted her of them.

On 16 September 2013 she was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates' Court to a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £350 costs.

In August 2014 she attempted to appeal the decision of the High Court through an application to the Crown Court - this was unsuccessful.

Ms Jamous then attempted to challenge the Crown Court's refusal of her application by seeking permission for Judicial Review in the High Court.

This application has now been refused.


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Posted - 15/04/2015 : 22:22:05
15 April 2015 Belfast based man prosecuted for offering illegal tooth whitening 

The UK regulator of dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted a man for unlawfully holding himself out as being prepared to practise dentistry - specifically tooth whitening. By law, only dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians (working to the prescription of a dentist) can carry out tooth whitening.

On 14 April 2015 Samuel Irvine-Madine pleaded guilty at Belfast Magistrates' Court to unlawfully holding himself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, contrary to section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984. The offence took place on 7 November 2014 at HD Smile Clinic, 127 Shankill Road, Belfast, BT13 1FD.

In addition he pleaded guilty to unlawfully using the title 'dental therapist', contrary to section 39 (2A) of the Dentists Act 1984. Mr Irvine-Madine is not a qualified dental therapist, and has never been registered with the GDC.   Mr Irvine-Madine was fined £500 (£250 for each charge) and ordered to pay costs to the GDC of £622.


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Posted - 29/04/2015 : 22:48:13
On 28 April 2015 Paula Barter pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court to unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.

The offence took place at The Hair Advice Centre, 13 Elm Grove, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 9EA on 28 November 2014.

Ms Barter was using the 'Megawhite' tooth whitening system and had asserted that the treatment was 'self-administered'. She accepted by her guilty plea, however, that her actions amounted to her holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry and were therefore illegal.

Ms Barter, who has never been registered with the GDC, was given a 12 month conditional discharge. She was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and costs to the GDC of £600. 


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Posted - 14/05/2015 : 07:37:22
On 12 May 2015 Emily Pearson was found guilty in her absence at Medway Magistrates' Court of unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, namely tooth whitening, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.

The offence took place on 13 February 2015 at Shine Bright Beauty, 62 Jeffrey Street, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1BZ. Ms Pearson, who was trained by ‘Lovelite', was operating a tooth whitening business that used a ‘self-administer' system of whitening.

She was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge as well as full costs to the GDC of £1,093.


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Posted - 15/05/2015 : 18:43:24
15 May 2015

Leicester-based woman guilty of illegal tooth whitening
The UK regulator of dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted a woman for unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, namely tooth whitening.

By law, only dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians (working to the prescription of a dentist) can carry out tooth whitening.

On 14 May 2015 Mohinder Dhami pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates' Court to unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, namely tooth whitening, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984. Trained by 'Megawhite', Ms Dhami used their system of whitening to operate a ‘self-administered' tooth whitening service.

She was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge as well as full costs to the GDC of £874.42.


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Posted - 19/06/2015 : 19:14:57
18 June 2015

Kent based woman guilty of illegal tooth whitening

 On 17 June 2015 Sarah Lewis pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates' Court to unlawfully practising dentistry, namely tooth whitening, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.

She also pleaded guilty to unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry, contrary to Section 41 (1) and (1B) of the Dentists Act 1984. Both offences took place at The Beauty Centre, Walnuts Leisure Centre, Lych Gate Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0TJ on 3 March 2015.

Ms Lewis, who has never been registered with the GDC, received a 12 month conditional discharge. She was ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge, compensation of £330 and full costs to the GDC of £816.92.

The case against Ms Lewis followed a complaint from a patient who suffered harm as a result of the treatment she provided.


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Posted - 25/06/2015 : 11:31:17
Shame the patient didn't use a registrant - she's have got a much bigger payout!

How can that be right? Someone who has trained and gets it wrong gets much more punishment than someone who decides to have a stab at something they nothing about!??! 


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Posted - 28/07/2015 : 10:37:49
9 July 2015 Norfolk based woman guilty of illegal tooth whitening

The UK regulator of dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted a woman for unlawfully practising dentistry, namely tooth whitening. By law, only dentists and dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians (working to the prescription of a dentist) can carry out tooth whitening.

On 8 July 2015 Jessica Hunt was found guilty in her absence at Norwich Magistrates' Court of two charges of unlawfully practising dentistry, namely tooth whitening on two separate victims, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.

The offence took place on 14 February 2015 at 45 Ruskin Road, Norwich, NR4 7DZ. She was also found guilty of unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry, contrary to Section 41 (1) and (1B) of the Dentists Act 1984.

Ms Hunt, who has never been registered with the GDC, was fined £1800. She was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge, £30 compensation to the victim, and costs to the GDC of £1126.55.

Ms Hunt offered tooth whitening through the Sure Smiles franchise.


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Posted - 07/08/2015 : 18:26:51
6 August 2015  Newcastle based woman guilty of offering illegal tooth whitening 

 On 5 August 2015 Charlene Bell was found guilty at Newcastle upon Tyne Magistrates' Court of holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984.

The magistrates convicted Ms Bell in her absence following a formal indication that she wanted to plead guilty to the offence. The offence took place on 20 January 2015 at Celebeauty Smile White Spa, Arch 8, Forth Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3NZ.

Ms Bell, who claimed that she was trained by 'Lovelite', was fined £1000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

She was also ordered to pay costs to the GDC of £2000.

The magistrates commented that they considered it an aggravating factor that Ms Bell had suggested she was a dental therapist, despite having never been registered with the GDC.

The magistrates also noted that she had ignored warning letters sent to her by the GDC in 2013 and 2014. 


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Posted - 09/08/2015 : 18:04:41
Is it just me?  I have to ask the question, why is the GDC not targeting these training companies, surely it is they who are making the most money from this?  They tell lies to these beauticians and leave them to pick up the fines and criminal  convictions.


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Posted - 23/09/2015 : 22:06:45
Leeds based man pleads guilty to illegal tooth whitening

 On 22 September 2015, Sam Wellman pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court to unlawfully practising dentistry, namely tooth whitening, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984. In addition, he pleaded guilty to unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry, contrary to Section 41(1) and (1B) of the Dentists Act 1984.

Mr Wellman was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a criminal courts charge of £150, £100 compensation to the victim and a £15 victim surcharge. He has also been ordered to pay costs to the GDC of £1000. The offences took place on 6 May 2015 in Cross Gate Lane, Leeds.


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