Tooth Whitening – The New Legislation

Tooth Whitening: New Legislation now in force in UK.

The new law relating to tooth whitening changed on 31st October 2012.

The change follows as an amendment to an EU directive concerning cosmetic products.

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  • Only products releasing up to or equivalent to 6% hydrogen peroxide may be used and are available to dental practitioners only.
  • They will be illegal for sale over the counter to members of the public. A dentist must prescribe the gels and only a dentist, hygienist or therapist can dispense them.
  • Not to be used on a person under 18 years of age.
  • A dentist needs to perform an initial examination and then demonstrate and carry out a first treatment. The patient may then carry out future treatments at home.

The change in UK  Law is the Statutory Instrument The Cosmetic Products (Safety) (Amendment) Regulation 2012.

This UK Law now officially recognises that tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry and any non-dental professionals performing tooth whitening treatment will be proscecuted.

These new tooth whitening laws will help to protect patients and give more prominence to the dental professional’s role.

These changes are intended to protect you, the patient, from the effects of poor advice and potential harmful materials (if wrongly used) that occurs with “over the counter” products that are considered to now be too strong to be used without correct advice.

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