1/5/2021Malaysia's MOH warns against obtaining fake braces from illegal dental practitioners1/6TodayHome / Local NewsMalaysia's MOH warns against obtaining fake braces fromillegal dental practitionersBrenda Lau, 13 Sep 2016No matter how 'fashionable' they are, do not obtain fake braces from illegal dentists, warns MOHMalaysia's Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah has warned againstseeking illegal dental brace placement services as they will pose health risks, including HIVvirus infections and hepatitis due to the lack of equipment disinfection. Braces are a common treatment to align the teeth and correct the jaw, however certainpeople, particularly teenagers across Southeast Asia view it as a symbol of luxury, status andfashion, according to him.
1/5/2021Malaysia's MOH warns against obtaining fake braces from illegal dental practitioners2/6Wearers who practice poor hygiene routines also risk demineralisation of the tooth, toothdecay or gum diseases and if not attached properly can injure the lining of the mouth or slipinto the throat. In a statement, he said that there are unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of thehigh demand for such services by offering fast, easy online brace placements with very lowcharges despite being unqualified. “It has attracted many customers (patients), thus obscuring the risks that will be faced interms of safety and treatment complications,” he added. MOH: Malpractice will be viewed seriouslyOn behalf of the Health Ministry, he warned that the malpractice will be viewed seriouslyand have regretted that many took the adverse impact of braces being illegally installedlightly. Many illegal 'orthodontists' travel between locations and from one state to another to avoidbeing caught and to reap profits. “The location of their choice, include hotels, stopover homes, beauty saloons or spa andresidential homes,” he said, adding that dental services in unregistered premises was anoffence 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 finedRM25,000 after pleading guilty in the Kuala Terengganu Sessions Court for offering illegalbraces placement in a hotel on the 6th of September. She was charged under Section 27 of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998for breaching Section 4 (1) of the same law. The punishment was not severe as the judge took into account the jobless state of theoffender and that she was getting married next month. The offender learned how toperform the procedure to fix braces through friends and by watching YouTube.