Unregistered dentist in Stoke-on-Trent admits illegal practice

19 February 2013

Unregistered dentist in Stoke-on-Trent admits illegal practice


The UK regulator of dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted a woman for the illegal practice of dentistry.

On Tuesday 19 February 2013 Ms Joana Antunes Catre Dos Santos, who was working as a dentist at the Advanced Dental Clinic, 25-27 Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 1DS appeared at Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates’ Court.

She pleaded guilty to four offences of unlawfully practising dentistry whilst not registered, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists’ Act 1984.

All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK.

Ms Santos has never been registered with the GDC.

She has been fined £600 for each of the four offences and ordered to pay £1,500 towards the GDC’s costs.

In addition she must pay a victim surcharge of £120 and a total of £248 in victim compensation.

Chief Executive of the GDC Evlynne Gilvarry said:

“People who practise dentistry unlawfully pose a significant risk to the patients they treat. The GDC is committed to ensuring public safety and I hope this prosecution sends a clear message to others who may be tempted to practise without being registered with the GDC.” 

Patients can check their dental professional is registered by logging on to the GDC’s website.


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1. The Dentists Act 1984 makes it a criminal offence for anyone other than a registered dental professional to carry out dentistry. The GDC is committed to protecting the public by bringing cases of illegal practice to court.
2. As the UK regulatory body of the dental profession, the GDC has a duty to protect the public. Registration with the GDC is a legal requirement for dentists and the following dental care professionals:
• clinical dental technicians
• dental hygienists
• dental technicians
• dental therapists
• dental nurses
• orthodontic therapist