New law makes dental bleaching the business of dentistry

Following an extensive campaign for a change to UK legislation on tooth whitening, the British Dental Bleaching Society, following a change in legislation in 2012 dental bleaching treatment can only be legally performed by dental professionals.

The main points of the new regulations are that consumer (over the counter) tooth whitening products can contain up to 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. Bleaching treatment using over 6% hydrogen peroxide is banned and for bleaching products with between 0.1% and 6% hydrogen peroxide, a dentist must perform an examination and the first treatment. After this, the patient can continue their treatment at home. Under the new legislation, children under 18 years will not be permitted to use tooth-whitening products.

Dr Linda Greenwall, Chair of the BDBS, says, “the Bleaching Society welcomes the new legislation as it makes it clear that only dentists can undertake tooth whitening, and that the supervision of home whitening using up to 6% hydrogen peroxide will require first an assessment and treatment by a dentist.

“We encourage all dentists to make sure that they are au fait with the new changes and how they will effect them. Bleaching Society members will have this information on the website where they can download the advice sheets.”

The Bleaching Society is dedicated to explaining the benefits of tooth whitening treatment to dental practices and patients, which include a reduction in gum inflammation and plaque retention, as well as improved appearance, increased confidence and better oral hygiene habits. Boosting both business and patient satisfaction alike, tooth whitening – under the expertise of a qualified dental professional – is an ideal addition to any dental practice.

Members of the Bleaching Society are assured of help and guidance for every aspect of dental bleaching, from training to legal matters, for tooth whitening with confidence.

For more information on this and the many benefits of BDBS membership, visit www.bdbs.co.uk email info@bdbs.co.uk or call 0207 267 7070