A tooth fairy certificate that costs almost £200,000 to obtain has been revealed to have been forged, costing an average of more than £100,000 in counterfeit sales.
In April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) banned the use of counterfeit dental certificate for adults.
“If you go to the dentist, you can’t say, ‘My tooth is fake’,” said Dr Nick Williams, a professor of dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London, who analysed the fake certificate.
“It’s just so hard to say, and it is hard to verify.”
“The tooth fairy’s job is to give you a good impression of the quality of your teeth, and then you can actually buy the tooth and you get the certificate.”
The fake certificate, which was issued by an authorised dental clinic in the UK, is an example of a fraudulently issued dental certificate, according to the WHO.
The tooth certificate was issued to the Royal Academy of Dental Medicine, which is a not-for-profit organisation.
Dr Williams said it is not unusual for the fake dental certificate to be bought by people who have no idea they are using a forged certificate.
But he said this particular fake certificate is different from other fake certificates in that it has an expiration date.
“[The fake dentist] says, ‘You have to pay me to have your teeth checked’,” Dr Williams said.
“If you look at the expiration date, you’re looking at four or five years.
That is not a reasonable expectation.”
In January, the Royal Society of Medicine (RSOM) called for the creation of a global register of dentists who practise in areas where there are large numbers of dental students.
It also called for greater oversight of the practice of denture and dentistry, and for the establishment of a registry for dentists operating in areas with large numbers, such as Australia and New Zealand.
At present, only a few jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom, have adopted this proposal.
A draft registry for dental practitioners operating in the United States, for example, has not yet been adopted.
There is no national register of dental practitioners, however, so it is difficult to say whether there are enough dentists in the country to create such a register.
Some dentists have suggested that dentistry is becoming more complex, and that the process of getting a certificate could be further simplified by the introduction of electronic verification systems.
Other dentists, however – such as Dr Williams – argue that the tooth fairy is a fraud and the system is not robust enough to detect fake certificates.
“The thing that’s important about the tooth Fairy is that it’s easy to get it,” Dr Williams told BBC News.
That’s the problem.””
But then they can give you the certificate without any verification.
That’s the problem.”
Dr Williams says that, in order for a person to get a fake certificate from a dentist, they must provide “a complete, complete, verifiable, verbatim record of the teeth that they have”.
“There is a whole range of things that have to be recorded, including how long you’ve been in the practice, how many teeth you have, how often you use them, and whether they’re white or black.”
He added: “It just seems to be that a lot of people have just forgotten the teeth, or they’ve been using the same teeth over and over again, and have forgotten where they’ve got them.”
Dr John Molloy, the chief executive of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), said that it was a “fundamental misunderstanding” for dentistry practitioners to believe that they could be trusted to ensure the authenticity of the dental certificate.
“Dentists are often trained to use the most up-to-date and rigorous testing, which, of course, is often conducted by dental experts,” he said.
He also questioned the value of dentures as an effective preventative measure, because many dentists had failed to provide sufficient care to patients with chronic disease.
More:Dr Mollow added: “There are a number of issues that dentists are missing that could lead to this false certificate.”
“For example, you could get an actual infection, a disease that’s really severe.
Or you could be overworked and underpaid.”