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Tesco gets rid of illegal whitening at stores

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Tesco has decided to get rid of teeth whitening treatment at 52 of the their stores, after the General Dental Council advised that the treatment was illegal if carried out by people who are not a qualified dental professional. After investigation, it was found that unqualified people where offering the treatment from ‘concession’ stands in the supermarkets stores.

The chain which provided the treatment, Regis, said that they have scrapped the treatment at Tesco stores as well as at its 130 salons, despite claiming that the treatment was perfectly safe.

A Sunday Mirror investigation revealed that the stores were carrying out the treatment without the proper qualifications and some were found to be selling DIY whitening kits to customers. Spokesperson for the GDC Katie Spears said that they were ‘pleased’ that the company had decided to pull the treatment from stores and salons, as ‘teeth whitening is the practice of dentistry and can only be legally and safely carried out by a professional.’

A Regis spokesperson confirmed that the company would no longer be providing teeth whitening based ‘on the advice of trading standards.’

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