Beware of traveling teeth-whiteners

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State warns citizens against unlicensed door-to-door efforts.

By Carol A. Clark

A woman walked into the Los Alamos County Community Development Department recently to find out if she was required to be licensed to open a traveling teeth whitening business.
Her intent was to go door-to-door to homes in Los Alamos and White Rock to administer chemicals into people’s mouths to whiten their teeth.
“I contacted the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department and found out that the woman not only needed to be licensed, but she also needed to be a dentist,” said Steve Bruegger, the acting director of the CDD.
Dr. Rick Posada of  Posada Dental Works at 152 Central Park Square has been practicing dentistry for 15 years and his services include teeth whitening.
“The public needs to be very wary of anyone offering teeth whitening services door-to-door,” Posada said. “These are chemicals that can be potentially hazardous.”
State regulators sent out a warning in late May of possible health risks posed by unlicensed teeth whitening operations.

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