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FDA issues warning about battery-powered toothbrushes


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers that certain electric toothbrushes can break during use and cause serious injuries. The alert specifies the battery-powered Arm & Hammer Spinbrush, known as the Crest Spinbrush prior to 2009, according to a consumer update from FDA Consumer Health Information. "It's important that consumers know how to avoid the risks associated with using the Spinbrush," said Shumaya Ali, MPH, a consumer safety officer at the FDA. "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." (May require free registration to view article.) more

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