A woman from Penge,
South London has been given a 2-year conditional discharge after pleading
guilty to illegal tooth whitening after a prosecution by the General Dental
entered a guilty plea for a charge under the Dentists Act, during an appearance
at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 January 2017. She was sentenced to a
two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge as
well as a contribution to the GDC costs of £1,200.
This relates to an
offence recorded on 14 August 2016, where Ms Maunsell – despite not being a
registered dental professional nor with any training – offered to provide tooth
whitening at the So Be Beauty Salon on Central Parade in Penge. The GDC decided
to investigate after three warning letters to the salon were ignored and services
continued to be illegally provided.
Sheppard-Jones, interim Head of Illegal Practice at the GDC said: “The latest
successful prosecution shows that we are continuing to take action when
necessary to protect the public from illegal tooth-whitening. Ms Maunsell had
ample warning that what she was doing was illegal – and we are glad that the
sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence.
“Anyone who wants to
access dental services should check our online register – and ensure that the
individual or organisation offering them has the legal right to do so.”
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Notes to editors
discharge is a sentence where the individual is released with the offence
entered on their criminal record. If that individual commits another offence
within the specified time both the original crime and the new offence are taken
into account when sentencing.
The full charge is as
On 14 August 2016,
Carly Maunsell, who is not a registered dentist or dental care professional,
did unlawfully hold herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, namely
tooth whitening at So Be Beauty Salon, 1 Central Parade, Penge, London, SE20
7TN, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984