Illegal teeth whitening took place at golf club

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim April 8, 2015 10:18

Golf clubs are being warned that if any dental work takes place at their venues such as teeth whitening they should make sure that the technicians are legally allowed to carry it out.

The strange warning comes as a woman has pleaded guilty to offering illegal teeth whitening at a golf and country club in Lancashire.

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Image by Kate Sumbler


Jemma Knox pleaded guilty at Chorley Magistrates’ Court to unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practice dentistry.

She had been working at ‘Sparkle Whites’, a separate business located at Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club, which offered teeth whitening and cryogenic lipolysis, and had promoted deals via websites such as Groupon.

However, the UK regulator of dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), which Knox had never registered with, successfully prosecuted her. Legally, only dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians can carry out tooth whitening.

Knox was given an 18 month conditional discharge. She was ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and costs to the GDC of £2271.40.

A spokesman for the GDC said: “Patients can check that their tooth whitening treatment is being carried out by a registered dental professional by searching the online GDC register:

“Tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry. This was confirmed by the High Court when in May 2013 it overturned a magistrates’ court’s decision to acquit Ms Lorna Jamous of the offences of practising dentistry and unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry when not regulated by the GDC.”

Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club now offers ‘Sculpt Aesthetics’ – a nurse-led aesthetic and wellness clinic offering, for example, non-surgical face lifts, fat reduction and skin tightening.


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim April 8, 2015 10:18
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