Worry over dentists offering anti-wrinkle jabs
Dentists are being urged to steer clear of offering anti-wrinkle jabs such as botox to their patients as a way of expanding their business.
The Dental Council said their use for cosmetic purposes was "not the practice of dentistry", according to a report in the 'Journal of the Irish Dental Association'.
The report highlighted the case of 33-year-old man who came to the Cork University Dental School and Hospital complaining of a swelling on the inside of his lower lip.
He told dentists he had undergone an extensive course of dental treatment two years before for cosmetic reasons because he was unhappy with the colour of his teeth.
The report - led by Elaine Kehily, a senior house officer in oral surgery at University College Cork - said he had facial fillers to improve the appearance of lines around his mouth.
He was asked to come back for a three-month review.
It recommended that dentists question patients about derma-fillers in cases of painless swelling where other reasons cannot be found. Asked to comment Fintan Hourihan, chief executive of the Irish Dental Association, said he believed a relatively small number of dentists were offering botox treatments here.
"But botox treatments have become regular treatments in many parts of the world - and as a result more dentists here in Ireland are seeking training and competence in the use of facial botox, chemical peels and fillers.
"However postgraduate training is required, as it is not taught as part of the present undergraduate dental curriculum in this country. Dentists providing facial botox treatment require to be covered by their indemnity protection for it, and this is essential for both the patient and dentists' insurer." A code of practice is in place.