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Woman found guilty of providing illegal tooth whitening

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A woman from Lancashire has been ordered to pay out almost £3,500 after she was found to be providing teeth whitening illegally at a beauty salon in Lancaster. Hayley Wilding, 25, failed to attend the hearing at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court but was found guilty in her absence of unlawfully practicing dentistry at Vanity Salon, in Ullswater Road.

The General Dental Council (GDC) launched proceedings against Ms Wilding last year and she was this week fined £900 for the first charge, as well as £450 for continuing the offence in late June of 2013. Magistrates ordered her to pay £135 victim surcharge and full court costs of £1,862 to the GDC.

Ms Wilding was found guilty because only dentists, dental hygienists, and dental therapists are allowed to perform whitening treatment. A spokesperson for the GDC said ‘We are committed to protecting the public by bringing cases of illegal practice to court.

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Ms Wilding has now left the business but the manager of Vanity Salon, Leanne McClements, said that she was unaware of the law; ‘She had a certificate to say she had done a tooth whitening course, but [to provide this treatment[… you have to be a dental technician or a dentist. We were totally unaware of this and I was totally unaware she was being prosecuted.’ Ms McClements also added that the salon does not provide teeth whitening anymore.

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