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Illegal teeth whitening caused 'excruciating pain'

From BBC - February 4, 2018

A number of beauticians in London are performing illegal teeth-whitening procedures, which can leave patients in crippling pain if they go wrong.

One place was secretly filmed by BBC London using illegal levels of the hydrogen peroxide at a strength of 25%.

The maximum legal strength useable by a registered dentist in the UK is 6%.If used incorrectly it can cause tooth loss, burns and blisters.

The General Dental Council (GDC) has seen illegal treatments rise, it said.

Only dentists and registered professionals can do the procedures on customers with dentist prescriptions.

Whitening products available on the high street may contain up to 0.01% of the chemical.

Richard Grieveson said 35% hydrogen peroxide was used on him by a beautician not filmed by the BBC.

"It can only be described as a really, really, sharp excruciating pain. And it went on for a good 45 minutes," he said.

"A few days later my mouth became very raw and very sensitive. Basically it was like open sores."

'Lives at risk'

BBC London identified a number of places in the capital providing illegal teeth whitening treatments.

One was Plaistow beautician Fran Lowe, who was filmed using 25% hydrogen peroxide and admitted knowing at the time it was illegal to do so.

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