Safety Precaution for SpinBrush Battery Powered Toothbrush issued by FDA

Spinbrush products - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are cautioning consumers about dangers using some battery powered toothbrushes. The government agency said that some users of Arm & Hammer Spinbrush and Crest Spinbrush had parts fly off and chip their teeth, hit the eyes, and even have the parts get lodged in their throat.

The Spinbrush products were named this before 2009. The FDA said that consumers need to know that all electric toothbrushes have certain safety precautions when using them.

On the positive side, electric powered toothbrushes do an effective job at cleaning the teeth. However, parents should check children's battery powered toothbrushes to make sure that they are not going to come apart when used.

The FDA had received reports of consumers being injured from using the Spinbrush products. The injuries included chipped or broken teeth, lacerations in the mouth and on the gums, choking or swallowing broken pieces, and injury to the eyes and face.

Because of the injuries being reported, the FDA issued an announcement to consumers about the risk of injury for the following Spinbrush products: Spinbrush ProClean, Spinbrush ProClean Recharge, Spinbrush Pro Whitening, Spinbrush SONIC, Spinbrush SONIC Recharge, Spinbrush Swirl, Spinbrush Classic Clean, Spinbrush For Kids, and Spinbrush Replacement Heads.

The FDA said that the manufacturer Church & Dwight Co. Inc. was slow to report the injuries to the agency. Since then, the company has made steps to inform consumers on safety precautions. They will need to label that the brush head needs to be replaced every 3-months, or sooner if parts are lose or worn out. The company has added bristles that change color when it is time to replace the brush head. The company will also be advertising the safety notice so that consumers will be informed.

Consumers who use the Spinbrush should always inspect the bristles for loose connections before using it. If the brush is loose from the handle, do not use it. The FDA recommended reporting this to Church & Dwight. Also, never bite down on the brush head when using the toothbrush. Parents should supervise children when using the electric toothbrush. Replace the toothbrush or brush heads as recommend by the manufacturer.

By: Marsha Quinn

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