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FDA Warns Spinbrush Toothbrush Can Injure Your Face

FDA warns of toothbrush that injures your face and mouth

Spinbrush Toothbrush

According to news sources, FDA has put out a warning about a toothbrush that badly injures your mouth.  The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) reports that all models of the Spinbrush toothbrush sold by 2 popular brands can potentially mess up your face.

The battery-powered Spinbrush toothbrush is sold by Arm & Hammer, and also Crest (before 2009). MSNBC reports that a FDA consumer safety officer reported that there were instance where some parts of the Spinbrush have came loose during use, separating from the toothbrush and then “released into the mouth with great speed, causing broken teeth and presenting a choking hazard.”

According to reports, broken parts on Spinbrush have caused numerous injuries that include cuts to the gums and mouth, broken or chipped teeth, and choking hazards.  There were also some reports of the toothbrush causing injuries to the face and eyes.

Spinbrush is manufactured by the Church & Dwight Co., Inc., and it comes in both children and adult models.  The toothbrush is sold under the following model names:

  • Spinbrush ProClean
  • Spinbrush ProClean Recharge
  • Spinbrush Pro Whitening
  • Spinbrush SONIC
  • Spinbrush SONIC Recharge
  • Spinbrush Swirl
  • Spinbrush Classic Clean
  • Spinbrush for Kids (Spiderman and Thomas & Friends)

According to FDA all Spinbrush models can potentially cause injuries.

The adult version of the Spinbrush come with a removable head that in some instances the head had broken off pocking people in the face and eye.  Also in some other reports after the loose piece separated from the toothbrush during brushing, the exposed metallic parts of the Spinbrush caused injuries to teeth, gums and other parts of the mouth.

The Kids version of the Spinbrush does not have a removable head, but it causes its own share of problems.  Apparently there were reports of burns caused by the batteries, cut lips, and falling bristles getting logged inside children’s tonsils.

According to MSNBC, FDA issued warning today asking parents, caregivers and all consumers to very carefully inspect the Spinbrush for loose heads, bristles and other parts, prior to use.  Do not bite on the toothbrush head, and take extreme caution while using the toothbrush.  Do not use the Spinbrush if you notice any loose or broken parts, and report issues to the manufacturer at 1-800-352-3384 or 1-800-561-0752.

FDA is also asking consumers to contact their Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program by calling 1-800-332-1080, if they suffer any injuries or encounter any problems with the Spinbrush.  Consumers can also visit their website to report their case.

MSNBC reports that the branch chief for Dental Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Dr. Susan Runner said:

“We are particularly concerned about the problems with these toothbrushes as they appear to be geared towards children. The hazards that have been reported are potentially very serious, and parents should be aware of helping young children with tooth brushing both for safety reasons and for assuring adequacy of brushing.”

Just wondering where the parts are really made and assembled! Can you guess?

 

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