More than 12,000 pieces of illegal dental equipment have been seized in the UK in the past six months.The products, ranging from drills to X-rays, were counterfeit copies of major brands or sub-standard with fake documentation.
Some products appeared to have official safety CE marks, but importers said it meant "Chinese export".
The regulator said that dentists could be prosecuted if they knowingly bought equipment that put patients at risk.
The items were discovered during an investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is responsible for making sure that dental equipment in the UK meets safety standards.
Among the items seized on arrival in the UK were poorly made dentist power drills and handheld X-ray machines with dangerous wiring.
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