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Spinbrush Powered Toothbrush by Arm and Hammer or Crest: Safety Advisory

TO: DDS Regional Directors, STS Director, CTH Coordinators, Private Providers, CO Quality Management Personnel
FROM: Daniel A. Micari, Director, Quality Management Services
DATE: February 22, 2012
RE: Spinbrush Powered Toothbrush by Arm and Hammer or Crest: Safety Communication - Choking Hazard and Serious Injuries
Safety Product Advisory
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on 2/16/2012, notified parents, caregivers, consumers, and dental care professionals via a safety communication notice, about reports of serious injuries and potential hazards associated with the use of all models of the Spinbrush. These reports indicated that while turned on, the brush head has either “popped off” or broken off in the user’s mouth or near the face, causing cuts to the mouth and gums, chipped or broken teeth, swallowing and choking on the broken pieces, and injuries to the face and eyes. When the unexpected release of any part of the powered toothbrush occurs, there is a potential for serious injury. This risk is higher for unattended children or adults who may need assistance while using this device.
BACKGROUND: The Spinbrush line of powered toothbrushes is currently sold as the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush and until 2009 was sold as the Crest Spinbrush. The Spinbrush line is manufactured by Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
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Please ensure those responsible are aware of this important product safety alert and follow all FDA recommendations.  Please distribute this information throughout your organization and contacts.