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Permanent link  Tooth whitening kiosks and Senate Bill 290


Several members have contacted CDS recently about the proliferation of tooth whitening kiosks at malls, spas and even the airport. We just wanted to pass along that Senate Bill 290, now awaiting the governor's signature, amends the dental practice act as follows.

"Provides that a person practices dentistry, within the meaning of the Act, who takes impressions of human teeth or places his or her hands in the mouth of any person for the purpose of (i) applying teeth whitening materials or (ii) assisting in the application of teeth whitening materials. Provides that a person does not practice dentistry when he or she (i) discusses the use of teeth whitening materials with a consumer purchasing these materials, (ii) provides instruction on the use of teeth whitening materials with a consumer purchasing these materials, or (iii) provides appropriate equipment on-site to the consumer for the consumer to self-apply teeth whitening materials."
You can also track the status of this bill at the Illinois General Assembly's Web site.


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Unfortunately, these individuals do no properly represent dental professionals. The quality of the treatment and safety of the patient is in question.<br /><br /><a href="" rel="nofollow">Dental Thornhill</a>

Posted by: Dr. David Cheng ( on 05/16/2011

These places will find a way around this bill. They already don&#39;t place their hands in the patient&#39;s mouth, but rather instruct the patient in how to do it. The real problem is that the poor patient thinks these people are real dental professionals. <br /><br />Who is going to police this act if it is passed? There are tanning salons and other places that are doing this that will be a lot harder to police than an open place like a mall.

Posted by: Anonymous ( on 05/16/2011