Yesterday, I wrote about home teeth whitening rights being threatened in Europe
Today, I will comment on the same thing happening in the United States.Â In fact, I was not even aware of the US conflicts over this matter when I wrote yesterday’s post on Europe.
The Question becomes one of balance.Â Do dental boards have the right to proclaim that teeth whitening is ‘practicing dentistry without a license’Â all of the sudden, when they have not objected in years past?
What is the purpose of this action?Â Â Is it that they suddenly started to be more concerend about the public’s well being than previously?Â Â Or, is there another reason?Â Â Â And what would that other reason be?
Over at TheWealthyDentist.com, run by Jim Du Molin, a guest blogger named Catherine Hughes writes:
“The North Carolina State Dental Board argues that they never tried to stifle competition and were only trying to protect the public from non-licensed dental treatments.
The battle between dentists and teeth-whitening providers is being fought in other states as well. Recently the Connecticut State Dental Commission ruled that tooth whitening is dentistry and can no longer be performed without a dentist present, while another judge ruled against the New Jersey Dental Association in their legal battle against a chain of tanning salons offering tooth-whitening services.”Â —Â Excerpt from: Â TheWealthyDentist.com
It looks like the battle between the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and State dental boards is on.Â Â If I were cynical, I might suggest that the manufacturers of tooth whitening products have been able to pony up more ‘influence’ then some other organizations.Â But, since I am not cynical – I won’t say that.
I guess I am appalled but all of this fuss. Â But why should I be?Â Have we not seen similar conflicts between businesses and those who represent them throughout history?
I have written about the dangers of teeth whitening before.Â I am fairly convinced that the dangers are not greatly minimized by having a ‘professional’ treatment with potentially stronger chemicals in a dentist’s office.Â As a corollary,Â I am not convinced thatÂ doing so poses any less of a threat than over-the-counter treatments with potentially LESS powerful chemicals.
The death of a tooth can be caused by teeth whitening treatments and that would truly be a shame for any patient or consumerÂ who experiences it.
The home teeth whitening industry has existed for a long time without these challenges.Â Therefore, I am curious as to why the ‘public interest’ card is being played now.Â Any thoughts?Â Please comment below.
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