FDA Issues Warning about Spinbrush Toothbrushes

The FDA has warned that electric Spinbrush toothbrushes can break apart and cause injury. Charlotte NC Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Bevin Malley, recommends that you read the FDA’s February 16, 2012 online news release and take the following precautions recommended by the FDA. Consult with a pediatric dentist in Charlotte if your child receives an injury.

FDA Advice to Parents, Caregivers and Consumers

  • Before using the Spinbrush, inspect it for any damage or loose brush bristles. If you find any, do not use the brush. Report it to Church & Dwight, which can be reached toll-free at 1-800-352-3384 or 1-800-561-0752.
  • Make sure the brush head is connected tightly to the brush handle, and test the brush outside of your mouth before using. If the connection feels loose or the brush head easily detaches from the handle, do not use the brush. Report it to Church & Dwight.
  • Use care not to bite down on the brush head while brushing.
  • To prevent injuries, always supervise children and adults who may need assistance when using the Spinbrush.
  • Follow the instructions and recommended replacement guidelines included with the Spinbrush.
  • Report injuries or problems with the Spinbrush to MedWatch—FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail, by fax or by phone.
  • Online
  • Regular Mail: Use postage-paid, pre-addressed FDA form 3500
  • Fax: 800-FDA-0178
  • Phone: 800-332-1088