FDA Consumer Update: Toothbrush Can Cause Chipped Teeth and Choking

Users of electronic toothbrushes beware. The FDA released a consumer update warning users of the Arm & Hammer Spin Brush, also known as the Crest Spinbrush, of unexpected dangers. The FDA alerts consumers that parts of the device may pop off and could chip your tooth, fly into your eye, or get stuck in your throat.
According to a consumer safety officer at the FDA, “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.”
Toothbrushes, both manual and electric, are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as medical devices used to help prevent tooth decay. The FDA states that safety precautions should be taken with electric toothbrushes.

Spinbrush Injuries

The following injuries have been reported regarding the use of the Spinbrush electric toothbrush:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Cuts to the mouth and gums
  • Swallowing and choking on broken pieces
  • Injury to the face and eyes


Spinbrush Models

The following Spinbrush models are under alert according to the FDA

  • Spinbrush ProClean
  • Spinbrush ProClean Recharge
  • Spinbrush Pro Whitening
  • Spinbrush SONIC
  • Spinbrush SONIC Recharge
  • Spinbrush Swirl
  • Spinbrush Classic Clean
  • Spinbrush For Kids
  • Spinbrush Replacement Heads

The battery powered Spinbrush is made up of a handle that contains the batteries, a motor that operates the brushes, and a brush head. In some models, the brush head is detachable. The problem occurs when the brush head pops off during norman use. When this happens, pieces of metal may become exposed and injure the user.
While the Spinbrush model designed for kids does not have a detachable head, battery burns and tonsil injury due to loose bristles have been reported.
For FDA actions and advice to parents, caregives and consumers, visit the FDA website.