Federal regulators have issued a warning about a brand of electronic toothbrush – the battery-powered Arm & Hammer Spinbrush – after reports that parts of the device can pop off, chip a tooth, cause eye damage or pose a choking hazard.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the consumer safety update after receiving reports of injuries from people who used the toothbrush, also known as the Crest Spinbrush.
“It’s important that consumers know how to avoid the risks associated with using the Spinbrush,” said Shumaya Ali, an FDA a consumer safety officer, in an alert posted on the agency’s Website. “We’ve had reports in which parts of the toothbrush broke off during use and were released into the mouth with great speed, causing broken teeth and presenting a choking hazard.”
FDA regulates toothbrushes — both manual and electric — as medical devices that are intended to help prevent tooth decay. Safety precautions should be taken with all kinds of electric toothbrushes.
Spinbrush models covered in the FDA advisory: the Spinbrush ProClean, ProClean Recharge, Pro Whitening, SONIC, SONIC Recharge, Swirl, Classic Clean, For Kids and Replacement Heads.
If you have suffered an injury or problem with the Spinbrush, officials recommend contacting the FDA's Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program by calling 1-800-332-1088.