Man fined for dental website claim

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Caucasian dentist examining woman's teeth in office

A man who claims to have made the terrifying metal teeth of 1970s James Bond villain Jaws has been fined for claiming to be a dental technician.

Luis Fairman, 58, admitted a charge brought by regulator the General Dental Council (GDC) relating to a statement made in a company YouTube video.

The website of his firm, Precision Dental Technology, says "his laboratory shot to fame in 1977 when it was chosen to manufacture the famous metal teeth worn by the American actor Richard Kiel in the 1970s James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker".

Fairman, who also runs Bodmin Dental Labs in Bodmin, Cornwall, said today that he had made a slip of the tongue after having previously legitimately been a dental technician for many years.

He said: "It was a very small charge, I'm surprised they (the GDC) even decided to bring it.

"It was a slip of the tongue in a video we made about the NHS."

He added: "We posted it on the internet, which was a big mistake. We pleaded guilty because we couldn't defend it."

He said he had been a dental technician between 1972 and 2008, ceasing when the rules changed to require registration.

"I would not register with the GDC even if they threatened me with prison," he added.

Jaws' appearances in the Bond franchise saw him battle 007 on land, at sea and in space. He is last seen at the end of 1979's Roger Moore film Moonraker, hurtling to Earth in the wreckage of a destroyed space station with his diminutive girlfriend Dolly.

Fairman, of Church Gate Cottages, St Newlyn East, Cornwall, admitted unlawfully using the title dental technician, contrary to section 39 (2A) of the Dentists Act 1984, at a hearing at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on May 8, the court confirmed.

His is an "expert in dental precision materials" and his firm, which he started in 1973, now supplies labs in the UK, Germany, Japan and the US, according to its website.

He developed StopSnore, an anti-snoring device taken into the jungle by darts legend Eric Bristow when he appeared on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here in 2012.

The GDC said Fairman unlawfully used the title on a YouTube video entitled "NHS Dentistry - Ed's Story".

A GDC spokeswoman said: "By law all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK.

"This is to ensure only appropriately qualified and skilled dental professionals are part of the dental team looking after patients."

As well as the £500 fine Fairman was ordered to pay £500 costs and a £50 victim surcharge, the court said.

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