Guidelines on how to identify the quacks

Refer to the recent reports on illegal dentistry, including orthodontics. The prime objective of the Malaysian Dental Association(MDA) is to promote the art and science of dentistry for the benefit of the public. We are always working with all stakeholders to ensure that the public is well served. To protect the public from unsafe, risky…

Sinking their teeth into fee display ban

PETALING JAYA: The cost of orthodontic treatment is not only an issue for consumers, some of whom were driven to seek the services of quack dentists, it is also a concern for qualified dentists as they are not allowed to advertise their fees to attract consumers. The Malaysian Orthodontic Practitioners’ Association president Dr Kathiravan Purmal…

Dangerous ‘dentist’: Fraudulent dentists raise alarm

RM20-PER-TOOTH SERVICE: 10 people arrested for practising dentistry without licence in past 2 years THE lure of having the perfect teeth without having to fork out much is fuelling the mushrooming supply for orthodontic services by “instant dentists”. The Health Ministry had raised the alarm bell, warning the public against such services offered by bogus…

Law allows dentists to carry out orthodontic treatment

PETALING JAYA: Any general dentist can carry out orthodontic treatment as it is allowed under the Dental Act, according to the Malaysian Orthodontic Practi­tio­ners’ Association. “Orthodontic treatment is within the scope of practice of a general dental practitioner,” said its president Dr Kathiravan Purmal. He said the role of the general dentist was to manage…

Gummed teeth and gum disease after motel dental work

PETALING JAYA: A teen girl went to have braces done and ended up with all her teeth glued together. Another in her late teens had dental work down at a motel room and ended up nearly losing a couple of teeth as they were pushed out of the gums. Unsuspecting young adults have become victims…

MDC: Fines may not be deterrent enough

PETALING JAYA: Limited fines imposed by the courts are unlikely to deter illegal dental practitioners from stopping their services, said the Malaysian Dental Council. Its president Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said fines, which did not even amount to 10% of the maximum allowed under the law, would not put off these so-called practitioners. “They…

Leave it to trained orthodontists, dentists told

PETALING JAYA: The law may be clear that dental treatment must be carried out by a trained person but that is not the case on whether dentists should carry out orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists said the highly specialised work is best left to those who were trained for it. An orthodontist in Petaling who only wanted…

Brace for bad teeth damage when you visit illegal clinics

MALACCA: Locals have been ma­­king a beeline to an orthodontist here at a block of flats in Jalan Pantai Peringgit. The clinic is on the first floor of the flats that is close to the Malacca transportation hub – Melaka Sentral – and the charges are reasonable. The only catch is: The so-called qualified orthodontist…

MAO: Quacks still operating

PETALING JAYA: Illegal operators carrying out orthodontic treatments have been going on for a number of years despite complaints brought to the attention of the authorities, said the Malaysian Association of Orthodontists (MAO). Its president Dr Noraini Alwi said the association has been raising this issue with the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC) and the Health…

Beware of illegal orthodontists

PETALING JAYA: A warning to those who go to unqualified people to fit dental braces – you risk contracting serious diseases. The younger generation might think it fashionable to get braces done. But the Health Ministry has warned that those seeking the services of unqualified orthodontists to fit braces could end up being infected with…

Be wary of quack ‘dentists’ offering cheap, fake braces

Admit it, not all of us are born with perfect teeth. Some have a set that is picture perfect for a Colgate advertisement, while others are born with teeth that point at all four directions. If we all had perfect teeth, dentists would be out of jobs. For those who fit into the “four directions” category, technology…