Spinbrush Warning Issued

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012, 1:16 am

The Spinbrush may break during use and cause injury warned the FDA. The battery operated Arm & Hammer Spinbrush has been on the market for many years and is popular with kids and adults. Kids like it because it makes brushing fun and adults like an electric toothbrush that can be bought for such a reasonable price.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the brushes may break during use causing injury to teeth and eyes. The company that manufactures the brushes have taken steps to try to improve the product including: bristles that turn color to remind users to replace the brush, releasing statements on TV and in advertisements about product safety, and making label changes that remind consumers to replace the head or the brush every three months or if something is loose or broken.

The FDA advises parents to always supervise children when they are using the Spinbrush and to inspect the brush before using it. Children should not be allowed to bite down on the head of the brush while it is spinning and parents should follow the instructions carefully. If the brush appears damaged report the problem to Church & Dwight, the manufacturing company, at 1-800-352-3384.

Here at Wilbanks Smile Center we want kids to enjoy good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing. A fun toothbrush can help. Remember to check your child’s toothbrush regularly for wear and damage even if it is the old fashioned, non-spinning kind. Toothbrushes should be changed every three month or sooner if they are showing wear.

Not sure about the correct brushing technique or what kind of brush is right for you? Ask your dental hygienist at your next appointment. Contact our Toccoa, GA office today at 706-886-9439 to get on the schedule!

 

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