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Dental regulators work to shut down teeth whitening businesses
Fox News ^ | May 16, 2014 | Jonathan Serrie

Posted on 05/17/2014 3:55:07 PM PDT by Olog-hai

With her children grown, Trisha Eck thought it would be fun to go from being a stay-at-home mom to a small entrepreneur—so she rented a room at a medical spa, where she started her own business, Tooth Fairies Teeth Whitening.

She purchased equipment and supplies from a vendor she met at a trade show, including non-prescription strength teeth whitening gels. Customers could purchase her products as a take home kit or apply them to their own teeth while visiting the spa. Since she’s not a dentist, Eck says she never performed the treatments on customers but was there to offer instructions. […]

But state regulators weren’t smiling. This spring, Eck received a cease and desist order from the Georgia Board of Dentistry, after one of its investigators determined her business was an unlicensed dental practice.

“He comes from the dental board, and he’s telling me he can shut me down. He can fine me; I could face prison time,” Eck said. “That’s a little intimidating.” …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dentistry; nannystate; regulators; teeth; teethbrushing; teethcleaning; teethwhitening

1 posted on 05/17/2014 3:55:07 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

bureaucrats looking for problems that don’t exist


2 posted on 05/17/2014 3:58:49 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: Olog-hai

My dental hygienist recommended a commercial product as equally effective and much less expensive than treatment at the dentist’s office.


3 posted on 05/17/2014 3:59:15 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: ntnychik

My dentist told me to avoid “whitening” methods. Most of them work by breaking down the surface enamel where the stains are and can bring on or exacerbate sensitive teeth. I already have that problem, no way am I going to make it worse.


4 posted on 05/17/2014 4:01:56 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Olog-hai

ahhh dentists, about the only field as bad as used car salesman.


5 posted on 05/17/2014 4:02:03 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: AlmaKing

Nope. Dentists looking to protect their turf.


6 posted on 05/17/2014 4:02:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: driftdiver

At least with a used car, it doesn’t cost me $135 to clean it.


7 posted on 05/17/2014 4:03:43 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pets-Dental-Pick-Tools-Set-4pc-Scalers-Dentist-Tools-Pets-Veterinary-Kit-/141080315187?pt=UK_BOI_Medical_Lab_Equipment_Medical_Equipment_Instruments_ET&hash=item20d90ac533

Clean them yourself every month or so —only scary the first and second times, maybe. After five time’s you’re a pro. Now I can do it without even looking AS I DRIVE (pretty reckless, I conceed).

Scrape carefully at and a little under the gumline “sub-gingival”, if ya wanna sound all smart.

A little bleeding the first 10 or so times you do it, less and less, each time.

What is every time you had to BRUSH YOUR HAIR you had it done at a SALON? You’d spend a bundle and usually go around with messy hair.

That’s stupid.


8 posted on 05/17/2014 4:10:48 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Olog-hai

The cleanings don’t bother me so much. Its the “oh the roots dying and you need a root canal and a crown, and you really should do crowns on 4 so they all look the same” for $6,000 that bugs me.

It was nearly an emergency if I wanted to save the tooth. That was 10 years ago and I still have it and the root still tests ok. bastard probably had a BMW payment due.


9 posted on 05/17/2014 4:13:43 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: gaijin

$15 from New York:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Perio-Dentat-Scaler-15-33-Veterinary-Dental-Instrument-/130509698435?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e62fbf583

This won’t substitute for a root canal —it will only make that requirement needed MUCH less often (I’ve never needed one in the 12 years I’ve been doing my own dental cleanings and my teeth are like freaking Hollywood, and for NO CHARGE).

Don’t be a sucker and pay a creeper $100 every time you need a simple dental cleaning, something you can do yourself in 10 minutes.


10 posted on 05/17/2014 4:14:25 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Salt and baking soda.


11 posted on 05/17/2014 4:15:26 PM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Bingo.


12 posted on 05/17/2014 4:16:25 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Liberty Wins

I AGREE - salt and baking soda is DA BOMB..!

I no longer use “real” toothpaste, which I consider as something for stupid suckers.

U can also sometimes use a little essential oil of Thyme (the active ingredient of Listerine and other mouth washes).

You have to dilute it in some kind of carrier oil (take your pick which one).


13 posted on 05/17/2014 4:19:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Liberty Wins

Do you add H2O2?


14 posted on 05/17/2014 4:35:56 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: gaijin

What ratio for salt and baking soda?


15 posted on 05/17/2014 4:36:58 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: Olog-hai
The big-government/big-corporate crony-fascist complex doesn't like it when peasants get to earn a living without them getting their skim.
16 posted on 05/17/2014 4:41:34 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: BreezyDog

I usually go about 2/3 soda, 1/3 salt.

It’s very easy to use too much —u really only need a very little.

Next time you buy “real” toothpaste, turn around the box and read the ingredients —what’s in there to kill bacteria and fungus?

Basically nothing.

Many also have SOME form of sugar, which you really don’t need to be applying to your teeth, since we eat so much of it anyway.


17 posted on 05/17/2014 4:48:01 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Olog-hai; All
Given that this is a state issue, we need to look at the Georgia State Constitution to find out where the state's legislative powers are vested. From the Georgia Constitution (pdf).
ARTICLE III. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SECTION I. LEGISLATIVE POWER

Paragraph I. Power vested in General Assembly. The legislative power of the state shall be vested in a General Assembly which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

Now lets examine the context of this Georgia issue.

"This spring, Eck received a cease and desist order from the Georgia Board of Dentistry, after one of its investigators determined her business was an unlicensed dental practice [emphasis added]."

Although this provision from Georgia's Constitution is not worded the same as the federal Constitution's Section 1-3 of Article I, given that the members of the Georgia board of Dentistry are probably not elected members of Georgia's Senate and HoR, Georgia's Board of Dentistry is seemingly making decisions for citizens for which it has no legislative / regulatory power to do under Georgia's constitution.

So while I agree in principle with the action of this dentristry board from the perspective of public health, unless I'm overlooking something else in the Georgia Constitution, this legal action by the dentristy board is arguably being implemented outside the framework of Georgia's Constitution.

Corrections, insights welcome.

And since Georgia parents probably aren't making sure that their children are being taught their state's constitution any more than the federal Constitution, it doesn't surprise me to see a state ignoring its constitution.

18 posted on 05/17/2014 5:13:04 PM PDT by Amendment10
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19 posted on 05/17/2014 9:35:22 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Olog-hai

Same reason the AMA frowns on chiropractors - cash.


20 posted on 05/18/2014 3:20:42 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: gaijin

My hygienist and then periodontist gave me the best recipe ever for mouth wash. The periodontist said they sell the active ingredient rinses for about $90 a bottle. 1 teaspoon bleach in a cup of water, rinse for 60 seconds, spit, spit, spit.
It works.


21 posted on 05/18/2014 6:25:50 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Blood of Tyrants

If dentists are protecting their turf using regulators, the solution is to get rid of the regulators, the same solution implied in my first post.


22 posted on 05/19/2014 4:17:52 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

They are protecting their turf the way all businesses do, through lobbyists who control legislators who control the regulators.


23 posted on 05/19/2014 4:42:50 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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