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1/5/2021 Malaysia's MOH warns against obtaining fake braces from illegal dental practitioners 1/6 Today Home / Local News Malaysia's MOH warns against obtaining fake braces from illegal dental practitioners Brenda Lau, 13 Sep 2016 No matter how 'fashionable' they are, do not obtain fake braces from illegal dentists, warns MOH Malaysia's Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah has warned against seeking illegal dental brace placement services as they will pose health risks, including HIV virus infections and hepatitis due to the lack of equipment disinfection. Braces are a common treatment to align the teeth and correct the jaw, however certain people, particularly teenagers across Southeast Asia view it as a symbol of luxury, status and fashion, according to him.
1/5/2021 Malaysia's MOH warns against obtaining fake braces from illegal dental practitioners 2/6 Wearers who practice poor hygiene routines also risk demineralisation of the tooth, tooth decay or gum diseases and if not attached properly can injure the lining of the mouth or slip into the throat. In a statement, he said that there are unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of the high demand for such services by offering fast, easy online brace placements with very low charges despite being unqualified. “It has attracted many customers (patients), thus obscuring the risks that will be faced in terms of safety and treatment complications,” he added. MOH: Malpractice will be viewed seriously On behalf of the Health Ministry, he warned that the malpractice will be viewed seriously and have regretted that many took the adverse impact of braces being illegally installed lightly. Many illegal ' orthodontists ' travel between locations and from one state to another to avoid being caught and to reap profits. “The location of their choice, include hotels, stopover homes, beauty saloons or spa and residential homes,” he said, adding that dental services in unregistered premises was an offence under Section 4(1) of the Private Healthcare Services and Facilities 1998 (Act 586). The latest case involved a 21-year-old woman Nurul Nadzirah Mohd Saidi, who was fined RM25,000 after pleading guilty in the Kuala Terengganu Sessions Court for offering illegal braces placement in a hotel on the 6th of September. She was charged under Section 27 of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 for breaching Section 4 (1) of the same law. The punishment was not severe as the judge took into account the jobless state of the offender and that she was getting married next month. The offender learned how to perform the procedure to fix braces through friends and by watching YouTube.

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