Dental tools easy to pull off the shelves

PETALING JAYA: It’s easy for fake dentists to pass themselves off as real. After all, they have all the equipment you would see in a regular dental clinic.

And it is so easy to purchase this equipment even though some may be classified as “controlled items”.

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They can be found on the shelves of almost any hardware store.

The Dental Act of 2018 lists a slew of dental equipment that non-medical practitioners are not permitted to possess.

These include dental chairs, dental cutting units (power tools such as drills), dental forceps, syringes, dental mirrors and probes.

Yet such equipment is openly sold to the public.

The Star found that most of the items were not only sold online, but also in many hardware stores. famous hardware store.

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Cause for concern: It has been found that most dental equipment is not only sold online but also in many hardware stores. — YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

Those who want to get these tools at cheaper prices can opt for international sellers, mostly from China, in various online marketplaces.

Worryingly, some of these sellers are getting encouraging numbers of buyers.

“Express, the goods arrived so fast, I am fully satisfied. I will repeat my order,” said one of the buyers in the comments section.

Medical Mythbusters Malaysia (Dental) member Dr. Iqbal Rosali warned the public against using uncertified dental products and equipment as safety is not guaranteed.

“We have no idea what materials are used in these dental products; we also don’t know if the equipment is medical grade or if it can be sterilized,” he said.

The Ministry of Health’s senior director of oral health, Dr Noormi Othman, has expressed concern over the matter.

“I’m worried because when I go to some hardware stores, I find almost everything (dental material), even suture needles.

“Why are we allowing untrained people to take matters into their own hands and try to become ‘doctors’ at home?”

“My concern is also the possibility of infection because this equipment is not sterilized,” added Dr Noormi.

The Dental Act 2018 states that “any person, other than a practitioner, doctor or dealer in medical or dental equipment, appliances or instruments, who has in his possession one or more equipment, appliances or instruments commonly used in the practice of dentistry, shall be deemed to pretend to be registered under this Act”.

Dr Noormi said the ministry was now looking at ways to control the sale of dental equipment.

“We need to control the sale of dental equipment, especially online.

“Equipment should only be sold to those who have valid practice certificates and if they actually practice,” she said.

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