Toothbrush Can Chip Teeth and Cause Choking

As usual, you’re trusted Columbia SC Dentist is staying up with the times related to dentistry and would like to share a warning by the FDA about the Spinbrush – and the warning is – be very careful because it’s not safe.

According to a recent consumer report by the FDA, the electric Spinbrush can come apart during brushing. Across North America there have been a high number of incidents where the pieces of the brush have flew off, hit children and adults in the eyes, chipped their teeth, or get stuck in one’s throat and cause choking. There have been no reports of any deaths but the injuries were enough for the FDA to declare a warning to the public.

Consumer Safety Officer Shumaya Ali, M.P.H., says they’ve  had several reports by users who have said that parts of the toothbrush broke off at a great speed while brushing and caused broken teeth while presenting a serious “choking hazard.”

Shumaya Ali went on to say,

“Electric toothbrushes can be very effective in removing dental plaque, and so they can help prevent dental decay and gum disease,” says Susan Runner, D.D.S., chief of FDA’s dental devices branch. At the same time, it’s important to supervise children when they use these brushes, and to look out for any malfunctions of the toothbrush that might cause an injury.”

The FDA advised that although spinning tooth brushes are extremely effective at fighting off tarter and preventing tooth decay it is of the utmost importance that you monitor your children’s brushing and to inspect the tooth brush before and after each use.

Here are some injuries that were reported:

  • chipped teeth
  • broken teeth
  • cuts to the mouth
  • cuts around the gums
  • swallowing broken pieces
  • choking on broken pieces
  • injury to the face
  • injury to the eyes

The FDA is also warned the company that makes the tooth brush of its violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which included an irresponsible failure to report the serious injuries within a reasonable time-frame.

Be Careful When Your Brushing Your Teeth

Well, along with the warning from the FDA, and the information about the problems when brushing with the electronic tooth brush, I’d like to say that if you’ve had any negative experiences while brushing with these products feel free to make an appointment for an oral exam. Obviously choking on shards of the equipment is something of an emergency and you should see a doctor, but if you now have cracks and chips in your teeth do not wait until they get worse. We’ll also ensure that your incident gets reported to the FDA as well.

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