January 28, 2015
A trend of rogue dentists performing illegal teeth-whitening and other procedures in health spas and automobile garages has prompted the Bahamas Dental Council to warn residents and those involved in the underground business.
The Bahamas Dental Council, the body responsible for regulating dentists and orthodontists and ensuring good medical practice, said there are reports of "untrained, unregistered and unlicensed" people delivering treatments, particularly on New Providence and Freeport, Grand Bahama.
"The reports reaching the council came from persons who have been injured while in the care of the dental imposters," reads a statement.
"The public is advised to receive dental treatment only in bona fide licensed dental facilities. The treatment offered illegally is teeth whitening, which is happening in places other than dental offices. The public is advised not to receive dental treatment in health spas, automobile garages, residential homes or other offices that are obviously not dental offices. The offenders are urged to cease these practices or face arrest and prosecution for practicing without a license."
The council encouraged the public to be vigilant and exercise due diligence to head off the unprofessional and illegal operators. It said there are reports that rogue dentists are also offering dental services from tattoo parlors.
The Bahamas Dental Council issues licenses to every qualified dental professional. The council said it cannot be held responsible for anyone who seeks professional services from unqualified and unlicensed people.
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