Fake den­tal kits a kick in the teeth

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - A WILLS Ad­dress sup­plied

YOUR ar­ti­cle ‘Den­tal kits de­stroyed’ (Gazette, Fe­bru­ary 11) re­ported that thou­sands of teeth-whiten­ing kits with the po­ten­tial to cause mouth blis­ters were seized from a house in this bor­ough by Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Trad­ing Stan­dards, as the kits were suit­able only for den­tal prac­tices not for sales to con­sumers.

In the BBC1 doc­u­men­tary Fake Bri­tain, it has been re­ported that danger­ous X-ray ma­chines from China, which emit harm­ful x-rays both to the pa­tient and the den­tist op­er­at­ing the ma­chine, had been bought by some den­tal prac­tices in the UK. The fake den­tal X-ray ma­chines do not have the lead pro­tec­tion in­side, so the pa­tient’s whole face is ex­posed to ra­di­a­tion and the op­er­a­tor’s hands & body re­ceive X-rays, which can cause can­cer.

The thy­roid gland is par­tic­u­larly dam­aged by ra­di­a­tion.

The pro­gramme stated that all kinds of danger­ous fake den­tal in­stru­ments are be­ing sold to den­tal prac­tices, in­clud­ing drills, which could ex­plode in a pa­tient’s mouth while be­ing used. The re­sults of this could be hor­rific.

Why are th­ese not be­ing pre­vented from en­ter­ing the coun­try? Some fakes have been bought by den­tists from a web­site which gave the ap­pear­ance of be­ing Bri­tish, but was a Chi­nese web­site.

The coun­ter­feit drills come with a faked safety cer­tifi­cate and CE mark.

I hope the au­thor­i­ties are check­ing den­tal prac­tices’ equip­ment for danger­ous fakes in case den­tists have in­ad­ver­tently bought them.

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