How Effective are Electric Toothbrushes?
Electric toothbrushes are quite popular. They often feature rotating brush heads that can perform dramatically more strokes per minute than manual toothbrushes, and they encourage people to brush longer. Unfortunately, the U.S. FDA is warning that some of these brushes may pose a potential hazard.
Specifically, some users have had small pieces of the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush break off during use, which can chip teeth, become lodged in the throat or fly into the eyes. This can lead to serious injury especially in children. The FDA regulates toothbrushes and has notified the manufacturer of the issues. The manufacturer has taken steps to reduce the risks by notifying the public through ads on TV and in print media, improving labeling and reminding people to change their brush heads regularly. Additionally, the manufacturer has added bristles that change colors to remind you to change the head.
You can reduce your risk by inspecting your toothbrush before each use. Look for loose parts, excessive wear, bent or damaged bristles or other signs that your brush head is aging. Any damage to the brush head indicates that it is time to change to a new one. If the brush itself is damaged, throw it away, and get a new one. Replace brush heads at least every three months even if there is no visible damage.
According to the FDA, multiple models of the Spinbrush are affected, including the ProClean, Sonic, Swirl, Classic Clean and Spinbrush for Kids. Spinbrush replacement heads may also be affected. Additional problems identified with the Spinbrush for Kids include burns from batteries and cuts on lips.
Electric toothbrushes continue to be an excellent way to clean your teeth, but you do need to take precautions. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next dental cleaning with Dr. Frame.
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