Electric toothbrushes are not a new product. The electric toothbrush was invented way back in 1954, and it was first available on the market in 1959. Since then we have made vast strides in adjustments to the electric toothbrush, making them safer and safer for use through research over the past five decades. So, with such a long history behind the electric toothbrush and the level of advancement in modern technology today most people would assume that an electric toothbrush is easily just as safe as any other toothbrush.
But sadly this is not the case. Very recently the FDA has issued a statement claiming a safety problem with the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush, which was previously marketed as the Crest Spinbrush. Consumers have reported that pieces of the Spinbrush may break which may cause pieces of the toothbrush to fly into the eyeball and injure it, as well as potentially injuring teeth and causing a choking hazard.
A consumer safety officer for the Food and Drug Administration, Ali Shumaya, issued this statement:
“It’s important that consumers know how to avoid the risks associated with using the Spinbrush. 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.”
According to the FDA only certain models of the Spinbrush have indicated that they pose any risk. Those models are the Spinbrush SONIC, Spinbrush SONIC Recharge, Spinbrush Swirl, Spinbrush ProClean, Spinbrush ProClean Recharge, Spinbrush Pro Whitening, Spinbrush Classic Clean, Spinbrush For Kids, and the Spinbrush Replacement Heads.
The FDA has claimed that the Spinbrush could still be safe to use as long as precautions are taken. You should inspect the brush for damage or loose bristles before every single use to ensure that the brush is structurally sound and will not pose a risk.
Shumaya went on to say that “The head should not pop off during normal use. 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.”
In response to the injury complaints from use of the toothbrush, the manufacturer has developed new models of the Spinbrush with features intended to reduce injury from use of the toothbrushes. The company has now manufactured new bristles for the Spinbrush which will change colors with the toothbrush has been in use for too long. The makers of the Spinbrush have also released a statement warning consumers about the safety of their products through their advertisements as well as on the labels of the packaging for certain models of the Spinbrush which reminds users to change the head of the toothbrush every three months or if part of the Sprinbrush becomes loose or broken.
The statement released by the manufacturers is as follows “Please remember to replace your brush head after 3 months of use, or if the brush is damaged, or if parts become loose. Extended usage, loose parts, or excessive wear could lead to brush head breakage, generation of small parts and possible choking hazard. Inspect brush for loose parts before use.”
The FDA would also like parents to know that they should always supervise children when they are using the Spinbrush. The FDA also advises consumers to inspect the Spinbrush for defects, to not bite the head of the Spinbrush during use, to not use the brush if any of the parts feel loose or broken, and to always follow the instructions carefully.
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