FDA Warns About Spinbrush Battery Powered ToothbrushesFDA is warning about serious injuries and potential hazards associated with the use of all models of the Spinbrush electric toothbrush. There have been reports of the brush head breaking off or popping off in the user's mouth while turned on. This has resulted in cuts to the mouth and gums, chipped or broken teeth, swallowing and choking on the broken pieces, and injuries to the face and eyes.
The FDA says the unexpected release of any part of the powered toothbrush occurs, there is a potential for serious injury. This FDA says the risk is higher for unattended children or adults who may need assistance while using this device. The FDA issued the following recommendations to consumers using Spinbrush toothbrushes:
- Inspect the Spinbrush for any damage or loose brush bristles prior to using. If you notice any damage or loose brush bristles, DO NOT USE.
- Check to be sure that the headpiece is connected properly to the handle of the brush and test your brush outside of the mouth prior to using. If you notice the connection feels loose or the headpiece easily detaches from the handle, DO NOT USE.
- Supervise children and adults who need assistance when using the Spinbrush. Do not bite down on the brush head while brushing.
- Do not bite down on the brush head while brushing.
There is also a safety notice here on the Spinbrush website advising consumers to replace brush heads after 3 months of use, or is brushes or damaged, or if parts have become loose.
Posted on February 18, 2012