The ruling came in the aftermath of a case in which an individual was convicted of carrying out dental procedures (including tooth whitening) while not properly qualified.
Many non-dental professionals such as beauty therapists had hoped they would be allowed to offer a tooth whitening service, as the practice is essentially a cosmetic procedure.
However, since the treatment involves bleaching the teeth, only dentists and dental practitioners such as hygienists have the relevant experience to do the work. Beauty therapists and similar professionals are not experienced or knowledgeable enough.
Equally, dentists have long argued that although tooth whitening products are available on the market, and can be bought over the counter, they don’t advise people to do it themselves.
In other news, a recent conference discussed how older people, particularly those in care settings, can more easily access oral health care.
Older people are often forgotten about, especially when they move out of the family home and move into residential care.
While their physical and medical needs maybe taken care of, their dental needs often are not.
Speaking with reporters, Paul Batchelor, chair of the seminar, said: “The seminar provoked debate for the need for new ways of thinking about oral care of the elderly in the UK.”
He thought that some of the debates over the issues raised were filled with an authentic passion. This he said worked well in tackling some of them, such as the administration of oral healthcare for this part of society. Mr Batchelor expressed a desire to maintain this focus going forwards.
The conference brought together a range of different organisations including Age UK, Bupa, The Kings Fund and others.