Crest, Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Toothbrush Warning issued by FDA

According to a new warning issued by federal health regulators, users of Spinbrush powered toothbrushes sold by Crest or Arm & Hammer have suffered broken teeth, cuts and other injuries after the rotating head broke off while spinning inside a consumer’s mouth. 

The FDA issued a consumer safety alert on February 16, warning that there have been reports that the brush head of the automatic toothbrushes have popped off in their mouths or near their faces.

Marketed as a “Spinbrush”, the heads have caused cuts to mouths and gums, broken and chipped teeth, eye and face injuries and there is a risk of swallowing and choking on the broken pieces.

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The Spinbrush was sold by Crest until 2009. It is now manufactured by Church & Dwight Co. Inc. and sold under the Arm & Hammer label. According to the FDA, inspectors warned the company last May after it failed to report some of the incidents in a timely manner.

In January, the company issued a consumer safety notice, warning consumers about the risk of the electric toothbrush breaking and recommending that the head be replaced every three months. The FDA classified the action as a Class 2 recall.

The Spinbrush recall affects 22.783 million units, including the following models:

  • Spinbrush Pro Clean Soft
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean Medium
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean Replacement Head Soft 2 ct
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean Replacement Head Medium 2 ct
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean 3 ct BJs
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean 2 ct
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean Extra Soft 2 ct
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean Combo Pack
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean Value Pack
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean Soft Value Pack
  • Total Spinbrush Pro Clean
  • Spinbrush Pro Recharge
  • Spinbrush Pro Clean Recharge
  • Total Spinbrush

Consumers are not required to return the Spinbrush, but are warned that the heads can break and should be replaced every three months. The manufacturer has altered the design to include color-changing bristles to remind users when the head should be replaced.

The FDA recommends that consumers not use the Spinbrush if bristles are loose and damaged, if the connections feel loose or if the headpiece easily detaches from the handle. The FDA also notes that the brush head for the Kid’s Spinbrush is not replaceable and these should be discarded if the head is loose or bristles are damaged.

Consumers with questions can contact Church & Dwight by calling (800) 353-3384 or (800) 561-0752.

7 Comments

  • DavidApril 15, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    When brushing my teeth with the Arm & Hammer spin brush after 30 seconds saliva runs down the center shaft and drip’s down the handle causing to have to stop and clean the handle (body of spin brush) therefore not knowing when the 2 min alert to end brushing. Thank you

  • TaraFebruary 24, 2022 at 12:34 am

    I usually buy spin brush for my special needs child. The last 4 or 5 I have purchased barely spin. Once you touch the spinning head to the teeth it stops spinning. I have tried changing the batteries and still the issue is there! The price is decent but not for so many of these tooth brushes to NOT FUNCTION! I have given up on this product and will NOT be wasting anymore money purchasing them!

  • JamesAugust 16, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    I been using the spinbrush tooth brush for years never had no problems it's better than the more expensive ones and them things they call sonic toothbrushes and now for some strange reason I can not get any. on ebay there silly money.

  • AnnFebruary 25, 2021 at 6:11 am

    Arm & Hammer Kids Spinbrush -Paw Patrol is the one we have. I noticed small dark specks at the holes on the back of head & neck of toothbrush. I pop off the spinning part of the brush and reveal some type of metal looking gray erosion. The batteries are encased separately & have no signs of erosion. This worries me because that foreign substance that is underneath is the part that enters my little[Show More]Arm & Hammer Kids Spinbrush -Paw Patrol is the one we have. I noticed small dark specks at the holes on the back of head & neck of toothbrush. I pop off the spinning part of the brush and reveal some type of metal looking gray erosion. The batteries are encased separately & have no signs of erosion. This worries me because that foreign substance that is underneath is the part that enters my little ones mouth. I wish I could get the substance tested but don't know how or where.

  • GingerApril 11, 2015 at 2:48 am

    I have been using the Arm & Hammer electric Spinbrush for many years. My children also use the spinbrush and none of us have had any problems with them. They are great for the money they cost. No cuts or chiped teeth at all. Best electric toothbrush for the price I've ever had.

  • NancyJuly 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    i have used a spin toothbrush this year and before i started using it my teeth were fine now ive got fillings that has came out and constant mouth pain i have no insurance to go get my teeth looked at and i have no income. Half of one of my tooth has broken i know after long periods of time a filling can come out and that can cause tooth decaying.

  • ChristineMarch 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I purchased 4 of these Arm & Hammer Spinbrushes. Just yesterday I was at the dentist getting my 'chippedbroken tooth fixed. I couldn't figure out how it happened. Now I am most certain it is from this toothbrush!

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