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FDA Warning on Some Electric Toothbrushes

Some Spinbrush Toothbrush Has Consumer Risks

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some battery-powered toothbrushes can chip teeth, break teeth, cause cuts to the gums and mouth, cause eye or facial injuries, or even cause choking.

The toothbrushes noted by the FDA are the Spinbrush, the Arm & Hammer or Crest Spinbrush. Consumers should be aware of the risks, should they use these toothbrushes.

The FDA indicates that they have had reports detailing situations where parts of the toothbrush broke off in use, which were then sent into the mouth at high speeds, causing injuries and risking a choking hazard. In some cases, burns can occur from the batteries and bristles can fall off and lodge in the nostrils.

In case you weren't aware, the FDA is the agency involved in regulating toothbrushes, whether they are manual, battery-operated, or electric. They are considered to be medical devices to help prevent decay of teeth. It's also important for consumers to inspect their toothbrushes regularly for signs of malfunction or dysfunctional parts.

The FDA is contending that the parts of the toothbrush should not pop off while using, but that is what is happening according to their reports. The risk is higher in children who are not supervised during their daily brushing hygiene activities.

Therefore, the FDA is alerting consumers to the possible risks of these toothbrushes. Spinbrush Sonic and ProClean are among the list of toothbrushes on the FDAs watch list. For a complete list of toothbrushes relating to the FDA warnings, please refer to the belong link.

Pursuant to the FDA's concerns, the company is improving the labeling to caution consumers of the risks and remind customers they should change the brush head every 90 days or sooner if the brush head is showing evidence of being worn or loose parts.