Woman in court over illegal dentistry

Lancaster Magistrates Court.
Lancaster Magistrates Court.

A woman pleaded guilty to unlawful dentistry after being prosecuted by the General Dental Council.

On Friday, May 2, Hayley Wilding pleaded guilty at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court to unlawfully practising dentistry, namely tooth whitening, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984 and to unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry contrary to sections 41 (1) and (1B).

The charges relate to incidents carried out at Vanity Salon, 99 Ulswater Road, Ridge, Lancaster.

Wilding, who has never been registered with the GDC, has been sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs to the GDC of £1604 and to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

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 at www.gdc-uk.org.