Anthony Reginato

Dentists use Botox on patients

DENTISTS are giving their patients Botox injections and lip enhancements for cosmetic purposes despite regulations stating they should use the procedures only to treat dental problems.

A dentist who heads the Australian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics, Myles Holt, says he has trained more than 150 Australian and New Zealand dentists to inject Botox and dermal fillers into a patient's lips, cheeks, forehead and gums.

Under rules set by the Dental Board of Australia, which regulates the dental profession, dentists should use Botox only to treat a condition that causes facial pain and teeth grinding.

The toxic protein, derived from the botulinum bacteria, works by weakening targeted muscles.

This can ease spasms, tension and pain, as well as reduce wrinkles and other signs of ageing.