Dentists push electric toothbrushes. They claim they are safer for your teeth. Now, an FDA warning about electric toothbrush injuries is raising concern.
Electric toothbrush injuries
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush also known as the Crest Spinbrush. According to the FDA, there are reports of chipped / broken teeth, cuts to the mouth and gums, broken pieces that have been swallowed and caused choking, and injuries to the face and eyes.
“In some cases, the brush head popped off to expose metal pieces underneath that can – and have – poked individuals in the cheek and areas near the eyes, causing injuries,” said FDA consumer safety officer Shumaya Ali.
The following models are part of the FDA warning: 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 says during an inspection at the manufacturer, Church & Dwight Co., the government found consumer complaints that were not reported to the FDA.
To prevent injury, test the brush outside of your mouth before you use it. Look for loose brush bristles and report any. Report injuries to the FDA at 800-FDA-0178. Also, call the manufacturer at 1-800-352-3384 or 1-800-561-0752.