CN104026860B - Mouth caring system - Google Patents

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CN104026860B
CN104026860B CN201410237063.9A CN201410237063A CN104026860B CN 104026860 B CN104026860 B CN 104026860B CN 201410237063 A CN201410237063 A CN 201410237063A CN 104026860 B CN104026860 B CN 104026860B
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E.希门尼斯
S.肯尼迪
R.莫斯科维奇
J.加策迈尔
J.施托尔斯
R.克劳泽格
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The invention relates to a mouth caring system and method. The mouth caring system comprises a mouth caring tool such as a toothbrush. The mouth caring tool comprises a plurality of tooth joint elements and a cavity suitable for detachably containing a distributor for containing mouth caring agents. In an embodiment, the distributor can be structured to be a distributing pen with an applying device at one end. A user can disassemble the distributor from the toothbrush, apply the mouth caring agents to the surface of the mouth, and assemble the distributor in the toothbrush again to bring convenience to storage.

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Oral care systems

The application is the divisional application of the application for a patent for invention of the Application No. 200980163157.3 of December 23 submission in 2009, invention entitled " oral care systems ".

Technical field

The invention mainly relates to oral care systems, external member and method, and more particularly to including having the system of the toothbrush of unlimited cavity, external member and method, this cavity keeps the removable allotter accommodating oral cavity nursing agent.

Background technology

Oral care product or agent apply by different way.For example, without limitation, the common technology for tooth whitening products is to cast the die of people's tooth and provide the plate mat of this kind of die shape.Then, whitening ingredients only need to be added to plate mat and apply plate mat to his/her tooth by people.This plate mat is lodged into place to be continued for some time and is then removed.After treatment several times, tooth little by little bleaches.Another technology is to use a kind of bar, and this has whitening ingredients on a surface.This kind of bar is applied in the tooth of the pure man and lodged into place continues about 30 minutes.After applying several times, tooth little by little bleaches.Another technology is to use little brush to apply whitening ingredients to tooth.This kind of brush returns to dip in container in the period that teeth whitening composition applies the pure man tooth repeatedly.After treatment several times, tooth little by little bleaches.

Problem for existing toothbrushing technique is that the saliva in face accommodates catalatic enzyme.This kind of enzyme is by the decomposition of catalysis peroxide.Brush can pick up some catalases applying some whitening products period to tooth and be taken back in bottle by this catalase.Now, this kind of catalase in bottle can make the peroxide degradation in bottle.This latter technique be another problem is that it is not suitable for combining anhydrous whitening ingredients and uses.In the case, brush can will be taken back in bottle from the moisture in face saliva.Whitening ingredients will be had adverse effect by this due to likely peroxynitrite decomposition compound active component.If additionally, people clean brush the most every time, then from the moisture of wet brushing all possibly in bottle.

Although system based on plate mat is applicable, but many people often cause uncomfortable and/or uncomfortable reality not use them due to this system.Additionally, brighten plate mat to use, plate mat and required composition must be maintained on hand by user.This not only need to have extra storage area in the narrowest bathroom cabinet, but also requires that user remembers to use whitening system.Additionally, these systems based on plate mat are not readily portable in transport and/or travelling.

Except in addition to having any problem in terms of applying some oral care products, the most pretty troublesome and inconvenient when storing.Oral care product generally has to separate storage with oral care tooth cleaning appliance such as toothbrush, because oral care product packaging and toothbrush are the most always the independent and different parts regarding oral care regimen as.

Desirably use more portable, compact and easily mode to store oral care product and distribution and these oral care products of applying to oral surfaces.

Summary of the invention

The embodiment provides effective, compact and portable oral care systems, the oral care implement of such as toothbrush is combined in highly portable housing by this system with oral care product or agent allotter.Advantageously, this type of embodiment is particularly well-suited to conveniently transport and/or travel.

The preferred embodiments of the present invention relate to the toothbrush in its handle with unlimited cavity, and this cavity keeps the removable allotter accommodating oral cavity nursing agent reservoir.In some one exemplary embodiment, oral care systems includes that for active or inactive oral cavity nursing agent, it may include but be not limited to brightening agent, enamel protective agent, sensitive agent, fluorochemical agent, tartar protective agent, or other agent.Allotter removably docks and is stored at least partially in the handle of toothbrush so that the grip of allotter is prominent to allow user remove easily and use allotter from toothbrush.Allotter fully can remove from toothbrush so that user can apply oral cavity nursing agent easily to his/her tooth, and is then reinserted by allotter in toothbrush to facilitate storage.In a preferred embodiment, allotter can be lip pencil component.Toothbrush removedly and and fluidly allotter is fastened in handle so that allotter can remove repeatedly and reinsert wherein.In certain embodiments, allotter is applicable to user and refills to reuse.

According to an one exemplary embodiment, including the toothbrush with handle according to a kind of oral care systems of the present invention, this handle has restriction and forms the removable portion being suitable to accommodate and distribute the hand-held dispenser of oral cavity nursing agent.The removable portion of handle can include the major part of handle, includes lateral side and the part of bottom of handle in certain embodiments.Allotter includes the applicator on the target surface in oral cavity nursing agent distribution to user oral cavity.

According to another embodiment, alternative oral care systems includes toothbrush, and this toothbrush includes: handle, and it limits longitudinal axis and has near-end, far-end and top section;It is connected to the head of distal handle;And allotter, comprising: longitudinally elongated housing, it has far-end and relative near-end with applicator wherein;With setting in the housing for preserving the reservoir of oral cavity nursing agent, this reservoir and allotter communication.Allotter is removably attachable to the top section of toothbrush handle and detachably with the target surface applying to user oral cavity by oral cavity nursing agent.

According to another embodiment, a kind of oral care systems includes: toothbrush, and it includes the handle for grasping, and this handle limits longitudinal axis and has near-end, far-end and be securely attached to distal handle and extand rearward to the top section of near-end;It is attached to the cervical region of distal handle;It is connected to cervical region and there is the head of multiple tooth joint element;And the user's removable portion limiting oral cavity nursing agent allotter of handle.Allotter includes: longitudinally elongated housing, and it has far-end and near-end with applicator wherein;Arrange in the housing for preserving the reservoir of oral cavity nursing agent, this reservoir and allotter communication.Allotter is removably attachable to the top section of toothbrush handle and can move to the applying state fully dismantled from handle to be assigned to the oral cavity of user by oral cavity nursing agent from the storing state installed in the handle.

A kind of method is provided for distribution and applies oral cavity nursing agent to the surface in user oral cavity.In one embodiment, the method includes: providing toothbrush, this toothbrush has handle and by the detachable oral cavity nursing agent allotter of handle supporting, and this allotter includes accommodating the reservoir of oral cavity nursing agent and is positioned at far-end with reservoir communication applicator;The portions of proximal relative with applicator of allotter it is pivoted out in transverse direction from handle;Applicator is made to exit vertically from the encapsulating jacket portions of handle;Allotter is fully removed from handle;And use allotter to apply oral cavity nursing agent to oral surfaces.

In preferred one exemplary embodiment, any applicable oral cavity nursing agent all can use according to embodiments and methods of the present invention in conjunction with in literary composition.Therefore, mouth care treatment system can be any kind of system, includes but not limited to the protection of teeth whitening, enamel, antiallergic, fluoride, tartar protection/control etc..Protecting unless it is particularly commanded, the present invention is not limited to any certain types of oral care systems or oral cavity nursing agent clearly.

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With reference to the following drawings, will describe the feature of preferred embodiment, element similar in accompanying drawing is marked similarly.

Fig. 1 is the rear view of the oral care systems including toothbrush and oral cavity nursing agent allotter according to an embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 2 is the front perspective view of the oral care systems in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is the front perspective view of the oral care systems in Fig. 1, and wherein allotter removes from toothbrush.

Fig. 4 is the perspective view of the allotter of the oral care systems in Fig. 1.

Fig. 5 is the longitudinal cross-section view of the allotter in Fig. 4.

Fig. 6 is the longitudinal cross-section view of the handle of the toothbrush of the oral care systems in Fig. 1.

Fig. 7 A is the longitudinal cross-section view that the oral care systems in Fig. 1 is in storing state.

Fig. 7 B is the close up view of the region VII in Fig. 7 A.

Fig. 8 is the longitudinal cross-section view of the allotter of the cap with encapsulating applicator according to alternative of the present invention.

Fig. 9 is the longitudinal cross-section view with the toothbrush storing cavity, and this cavity design becomes in order to receive according to the allotter (having cap) in Fig. 8 of the present invention.

Figure 10 is the longitudinal cross-section view of the toothbrush in Fig. 9, and wherein, the allotter (having cap) in Fig. 8 is not fixedly secured in storage chamber body.

Figure 11 is the longitudinal cross-section view with the toothbrush storing cavity, and this cavity design becomes in order to receive according to the allotter (without cap) in Fig. 8 of the present invention.

Figure 12 is the longitudinal cross-section view of the toothbrush in Figure 11, and wherein, the allotter (without cap) in Fig. 8 is not fixedly secured in storage chamber body.

Figure 13 is the close up view of the region XIII in Figure 12.

Figure 14 is the side view of the prehension end of the allotter prominent from toothbrush handle according to an embodiment, and wherein, prehension end is shaped to facilitate to grasp.

Figure 15 is the side view of the prehension end of the allotter prominent from toothbrush handle according to another embodiment, and wherein prehension end is shaped to facilitate to grasp.

Figure 16 is the lateral elevational view of the second alternative of the oral care systems including toothbrush and oral cavity nursing agent allotter according to embodiments of the present invention.

Figure 17 is its exploded side elevation view, and wherein allotter is shown as and dismantles from toothbrush.

Figure 18 is the rear view of the oral care systems in Figure 16, and wherein, allotter is arranged in toothbrush.

Figure 19 is its front perspective view.

Figure 20 is its rear view, and wherein allotter fully removes from toothbrush.

Figure 21 is the rear end view of the oral care systems in Figure 16, during wherein allotter is arranged on toothbrush.

Figure 22 is the rear end view of the oral care systems in Figure 16, and wherein allotter fully removes from toothbrush.

Figure 23-25 is the top view of the allotter of the oral care systems in Figure 16, lateral elevational view and bottom view respectively.

Figure 26 is its side sectional view.

Figure 27 is the amplification partial side section view of the proximal part of the allotter in Figure 26.

Figure 28 is the amplification partial side section view of the distal guide part of the toothbrush handle that allotter has removed.

Figure 29 is that it amplifies partial side section view, during wherein allotter is arranged on jacket portions.

Figure 30 is the complete side sectional view that allotter has been arranged on the handle portion of interior toothbrush.

Figure 31 shows rear end or the enlarged perspective of near-end of the top section installing the toothbrush handle that protuberance (tab) is disposed thereon.

Figure 32 shows mounting recess and the rear end locking the allotter that protuberance is disposed therein or the enlarged perspective of near-end.

Figure 33 shows rear end or the amplification lateral elevational view of near-end of the allotter of mounting recess and locking protuberance.

Figure 34 shows the rear end of the distributor body that end cap cover partly removes or the enlarged perspective of near-end from allotter.

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The description of the explanatory embodiment of the principle according to the present invention is intended to read in conjunction with the accompanying, and this accompanying drawing will be recognized as a part for whole written description.In the text in the description of the embodiment of present invention disclosed, direction or orientation any is mentioned and is only intended to describe for convenience and is not intended to limit by any way the scope of the present invention.Relative property term such as " under relatively ", " relatively go up ", " level ", " vertically ", " top ", " lower section ", " going up ", " under ", " top " and " end " and derivative thereof (such as, " flatly ", " down ", " up " etc.) expression orientation as described later or as shown in the drawing should be regarded as.These relative property term descriptions merely for convenience and be not required for equipment with certain orientation structure or operation, but clear and definite so point out except.Term such as " attachment ", " attaching ", " connection ", " connection ", " interconnection " refers to that with similar term structure is directly or through getting involved the relation that structure is the most secured to one another or is attached wherein, and the movable or attachment of rigidity or relation, but clearly it is further noted that except.Additionally, inventive feature and benefit exemplify by referring to being preferable to carry out.Therefore, be substantially not limited to illustrate can some possible non-limiting combinations of feature of individualism or this type of preferred embodiment of further feature combination for the present invention;The scope of the present invention is limited by the claim being invested this.

In the text in the description of the embodiment of present invention disclosed, direction or orientation any is mentioned and is only intended to describe for convenience and is not intended to limit by any way the scope of the present invention.Additionally, inventive feature and benefit exemplify by referring to being preferable to carry out.Therefore, the present invention be substantially not limited to illustrate some of the feature that can be provided separately possible but non-limiting combination or this type of preferred embodiment of further feature combination;The scope of the present invention is limited by the claim being invested this.

About a kind of possible mouth care or treatment system, the preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described now.The embodiment of this oral care systems may include but be not limited to following dose: brightener for tooth, antibacterial, enamel protective agent, anti-allergic agent, antiinflammatory, antitack agent, fluoride, tartar control/protective agent, spice, can perception thing, coloring agent etc..But, other embodiments of the invention can also be used for storing and distribute the oral cavity nursing agent of any applicable type and the present invention is substantially not limited solely to any specific oral care systems or agent.

Referring to Fig. 1-3, it is shown that oral care systems 100 according to an embodiment of the invention.Oral care systems 100 for compact, be easily carried, system self-contained, user-friendly, it includes that user performs the component being necessary needed for desired mouth care treatment procedure and chemical property.As hereafter will be described in greater detail, oral care systems 100 the most generally uses the form of improved toothbrush, and this improved toothbrush has the removable allotter being at least partially disposed in its handle.Owing to allotter is positioned at the handle of toothbrush self, therefore oral care systems 100 is easy to carry in travelling, easily uses, and decreases required storage area amount.Additionally, due to together with toothbrush is accommodated in allotter, therefore the unlikely misplaced allotter of user and be more likely to utilize allotter to maintain dental care program, user will be reminded to dismantle allotter simply and apply the inclusions of allotter because brushing teeth.

Oral care systems 100 generallys include toothbrush 200 and allotter 300.Although literary composition describes the present invention about be used as in two main members of oral care systems 100 by toothbrush one, but it is to be understood that, other alternative oral care implement also can use within the scope of the invention, including tongue cleaner, tooth burnisher and there is the specially designed of tooth joint element have handle utensil, wherein, this tooth joint element is specifically designed to the effect improving the activating agent in allotter to tooth.Although additionally, toothbrush 200 is preferably manual toothbrush, but toothbrush can be electric toothbrush in other embodiments of the invention.It should be appreciated that the system of the present invention can be used for the oral care need of various expected by making allotter 300 be filled with any oral care materials (such as realizing the oral cavity nursing agent of desired oral cavity effect).In one embodiment, oral cavity nursing agent, preferably without (namely not having) toothpaste, because allotter is intended to strengthen and non-proxy toothbrushing regimen.Oral cavity nursing agent and/or its medium may be selected to be in order to supplementary formulation of tooth-paste, such as by adjusting taste, color, aesthetic property or active component.

Toothbrush 200 generallys include handle portion 210, neck portion 220 and head portion 230.Handle 210 provides a user with a kind of mechanism, and by this mechanism, he/her can easily grasp and handle toothbrush 100.Handle 210 can be formed, as long as allotter 300 can be accommodated in wherein as being described in more detail below by it by the various manufacture methods that many difformities, size, material and those skilled in the art are widely known.If desired, handle 210 can include the grip part 211 of the applicable quality being made up of soft elastomer material.Handle 210 can be unibody construction or multi-piece construction.Handle 210 proximally 212 extends to far-end 213 along longitudinal axis A-A.As will be described in more detail about Fig. 6 below, cavity 240 be formed in handle 210.Opening 215 is arranged on the near-end 212 of handle 210 and provides the path of entrance cavity 240, and via this path, allotter 300 can be inserted into and regains.Although being positioned at the near-end 212 of handle at embodiment illustrated split shed 215, but this opening may be alternatively located at other position on handle 210 in other embodiments of the invention.Such as, opening 215 can be located on the vertical surface of handle 210 and for elongated to provide the enough entrances leading to cavity 240, further described about the alternative as shown in Figure 16 in the text.

Handle 210 is transitioned into cervical region 220 at far-end 213.Although cervical region 220 generally has less cross-sectional area compared to handle 220, but the invention is not restricted to this.Cervical region 220 is only in the transitional region between handle 210 and head 230, and conceptually can be recognized as a part for handle 210.In this way, head 230 is connected to the far-end 213 (via cervical region 220) of handle 210.

The head 230 of toothbrush 200 and handle 220 are preferably used molding, milling, cutting or other applicable technique and are formed as single monolithic construction.But, in other embodiments, handle 210 and head 230 are formed as single component, these components are operably connected by any applicable technology as known in the art at the subsequent stage of manufacture process, include but not limited to heat or ultrasonic welding, tight fit assembling, coupling sleeve, bonding or securing member.No matter whether head 230 and handle 210 are monoblock type or multi-section can all be not intended to the present invention by part structure (including interconnection technique), but especially except statement.In some embodiments of the invention, head 230 can use technology well known in the art to dismantle (with replaceable) from handle 210.

Head 230 generallys include front surface 231, rear surface 232 and periphery surface 233.The front surface 231 of head 230 and rear surface 232 can use various shape and profile, and wherein none limits the present invention.Such as, front surface 231 and rear surface 232 can be smooth, wavy or combinations thereof.Additionally, if desired, rear surface 232 may also include the additional structure engaged for oral cavity cleaning or tooth, such as soft tissue cleanser or tooth polishing structure.One example of soft tissue cleanser is to include multiple umbo and or the elastomer liner of convex ridge.One example of tooth polishing structure can be elastomer element, such as prophy cup (multiple) or elastomer brushing device.Although additionally, the cervical region 220 that head 230 is commonly angled relative to handle 210 is widened, but it may be only continuous extension or the narrowed portion of handle 210 in some constructions.

Front surface 231 includes extending from so that the set of the oral cleaning elements such as tooth joint element 235 cleaning contiguously and/or polishing with oral surfaces and/or interdental spaces.Although the set of tooth joint element 235 is preferably applied to brushing teeth, but replacement cleans tooth or in addition to cleaning tooth, the set of this cleaning element 235 can be additionally used in polishing tooth.As used herein, term " tooth joint element " is used for representing that tooth and/or any structure of soft oral cavity tissue (such as tongue, buccal, gums etc.) are cleaned, polish or clean in the surface contact that can be used for by relevant on common meaning.The typical examples of " tooth joint element " includes but not limited to brushing cluster, filament bristle, fiber bristles, nylon brush hair, covered with spiral brush, rubber bristles, elastomer excrescence, flexible polymer excrescence, combinations thereof and/or comprise the structure of this type of material or combination.The elastomeric material being suitable for includes any biocompatible elastomeric material being applicable to oral hygiene apparatuses.In order to provide optimal comfort level and cleaning benefit, elastomeric material preferably has the scope hardness property in A8 to A25 Shore hardness.A kind of preferred elastomeric material is the styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene block copolymer (SEBS) manufactured by GLS Corp..But, may be used without with other outer material in the SEBS material or described hardness range of other manufacturer.

The tooth joint element 235 of the present invention can be connected on head 120 in any manner well-known in the art.Such as, in bail/anchor log, mould bunch planting (IFT) or without grappling bunch planting (AFT) can be used for install cleaning element/tooth joint element.In AFT, plate or diaphragm are such as fixed in brushhead by ultrasonic bonding.Bristle extends through this plate or diaphragm.Bristle free end on the side of plate or diaphragm performs cleaning function.Together and grappling is in place by heat fused for brush end on the opposite side of plate or diaphragm.The cleaning element of any applicable form all can use in the broad practice of the present invention.Alternately, bristle can be installed on bunch block or section by extend through the applicable opening in bunch block so that in the base portion of bristle is installed to bunch block or below bunch block.

Toothbrush 200 and the independent structure that allotter 300 is non-integral, they be specifically designed in order to be not fixedly secured when being in assembled state (referred to herein as storing state) together when be in disassembly status (referred to herein as apply state) time the most completely separated from each other.Toothbrush 200 and allotter 300 show in fig. 1 and 2 and are in storing state and show in figure 3 and be in applying state.Allotter 300 can be handled slidably and move between storing state (Fig. 1 and Fig. 2) and applying state (Fig. 3), wherein in storing state, (Fig. 1 and Fig. 2) allotter is docked in toothbrush handle part 210, and (Fig. 3) allotter is removed from handle portion 210 as desired by user in applying state.Will be described in greater detail now for the nesting of allotter 300 and the allotter docking system of disengaging and toothbrush 200 and the associated structural elements of allotter 300 including this docking system.

Referring now to Fig. 4 and Fig. 5, show schematically show allotter 300.Allotter 300 is elongated tubular type lip pencil structure.Allotter 300 has the housing 301 extended between prehension end 302 (it conceptually can be recognized as near-end) and distribution end 303 (it conceptually can be recognized as far-end).Annular groove 304 is formed in the outer surface 305 of housing 301.Although groove 304 is positioned near the midpoint of housing 301 length, but groove 304 can be positioned at desired any position on housing 301.Although additionally, groove 304 is shown as the conduit concisely limited, but this groove can be formed by the curvature gradually tilted of housing 301 and/or profile in other embodiments.

Housing 301 includes internal layer 306 and outer layer 307.Internal layer 306 is preferably made up of the firmest material to provide for structural intergrity necessary to allotter 300.Such as, internal layer can be made up of moldable rigid plastics.Moldable thermoplastic plastics are preferred.The plastics being suitable for include polymer and the copolymer of ethylene, propylene, butadiene, vinyl compound and polyester such as polyethylene terephthalate.But, selected plastics (multiple) must with by compatible for the oral cavity nursing agent being stored in allotter 300 and should not suffer erosion because of oral cavity nursing agent or degrade.

Outer layer 307 is preferably made up of soft elastic material such as elastomeric material.The elastomeric material being suitable for includes thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) (TPE) or other similar material for oral care product.The elastomeric material of outer layer 307 can have scope Scar sclerometer between A13 to A50 Shore hardness and measure, but this extraneous material may be used without.The preferred scope of Scar sclerometer grade is between A25 to A40 Shore hardness.Although cladding molding construction is preferred for outer layer 307, but the deformable thermoplastic material such as TPE being suitable for also can be formed thin layer and utilizes suitable binding agent or be attached on internal layer 306 by other means.It should be noted, however, that in some embodiments of the invention, housing 301 can be made up of homogenous material layer.

Referring to Fig. 5 and Fig. 7 A, housing 301 forms internal chamber, and this chamber limits reservoir 308 and is used for preserving desired oral care materials or product, and it can be any active or inactive oral cavity nursing agent.Oral cavity nursing agent and/or its carrier can include but not limited to viscosity paste/gel or the less liquid component of viscosity in any form such as solid or flowable materials.Preferably, oral cavity nursing agent is flowable material in a preferred embodiment.Any applicable oral cavity nursing agent can be used in the present invention.Such as, oral cavity nursing agent includes brightening agent, includes but not limited to accommodate the peroxide of teeth whitening composition.In United States Patent (USP) sequence No.11/403 transferring this assignee that on April 13rd, 2006 submits to, disclosing the applicable peroxide accommodating teeth whitening composition in 372, the full content of this proprietary sequence is herein incorporated by reference.Although brightener for tooth is the one in the present invention in preferred activating agent, but other other nursing agent being suitable for any all can use in conjunction with embodiments of the invention, and is therefore stored in reservoir 308.The oral cavity nursing agent envisioned can be active or inactive component, include but not limited to that antibacterial, oxidant or brightening agent, enamel strengthening or healant, tooth resist, antiallergic component, gums health active agent, nutrition composition, tartar control or anti-stain component, enzyme, perception thing component, fragrance or taste component, breath freshening component, antozostomatic, antitack agent or sealant, diagnostic solutions, occlusive agent, antiinflammatory, xerostomia are alleviated component, improved catalyst, coloring agent or the aesthetic property component of the activity of these agent arbitrary, and combinations thereof.Oral cavity nursing agent is preferably in one embodiment without (namely not having) toothpaste.Instead, the additional oral care benefit in addition to activating agent aims to provide the tooth except only scrubbing people.Other be suitable for oral cavity nursing agent can include lip pomade or generally with semisolid can other material.

Reservoir 308 is fluidly coupled in applicator 309, and applicator 309 is highlighted from the distribution end 303 of housing 301 by transmission channel 310.Oral cavity nursing agent is delivered to applicator 309 from reservoir 308 by transmission channel 310.Certainly, in certain embodiments, transmission channel may be not necessarily required to or the extension that can be only reservoir or connect reservoir and the space of applicator (or the opening in distribution end).Then user makes applicator 309 against his/her tooth pressing and/or crumple with applying oral cavity nursing agent to his/her tooth, and this is preferably after brushing teeth.This applying process is like using the pen of standard and/or marker.

Applicator 309 can be by bristle, porous or sponge material or there is the material of fibril tissue to constitute.The bristle being suitable for includes any commonly employed bristle material, such as nylon or PBT.Spongy material can be any commonly employed foamed materials, such as amine fat vacuole foam.The surface having fibril tissue can include various thermoplastic.In the use of bristle, transmission channel 310 will be delivered to composition near bristle ends.Generally, single transmission channel will be there is.For sponge and the surface having fibril tissue, there typically will be the passage of multiple small diameter to be more evenly distributed on the tooth of user by composition.In one embodiment, having the material of fibril tissue will have substantially flat surface, this surface has a plurality of prominent fibril up to about 3 millimeters.This kind has the surface of fibril tissue to provide micro-brush surface.But, the invention is not restricted to this and applicator 309 can be any kind of surface and/or structure that can be applied to by stickum on tooth hard surface, but include the openings/apertures mouth not covered.

Transmission channel 310 can be the tubular conduit of the applicable size with hollow passage, or it can be made up of porous material.Activating agent can strictly be passed through from the mechanism that reservoir 308 transmits to applicator 309 (or the aperture distribution end) compression/extruding, gravity and/or the combinations thereof of capillarity, mechanically or chemically pump action, allotter 300.In one embodiment, housing 301 be configured at least partially laterally deform, in order to enable users to extrude allotter 300, thus increase the pressure in reservoir 308 and push out oral cavity nursing agent from reservoir 308 via applicator 309.In this kind of embodiment, check valve may make up in allotter to allow that air returns in reservoir so that distributor body 301 recovers the state that it is uncompressed/the most deformed after usage.In other embodiments, piston-like mechanism can be used for from reservoir 308, brightening agent is delivered to applicator 309.Certainly, other mechanism and effect can also be used for realizing distribution purpose.In the illustrated embodiment of allotter 300, near distribution end 303, produce overflow chamber 311 by adding cross wall 312.Cross wall 312 makes reservoir 308 separate and sufficiently sealed with overflow chamber 311.Transmission channel 310 extends through cross wall 312 and through overflow chamber 311, thus reservoir 308 is fluidly coupled to applicator 309.In in sleeve, the porous material of 313 forms can be positioned on overflow chamber 311.Overflow chamber 311 can reduce the excessive oral cavity nursing agent arriving applicator 309 or leaking from allotter 300 to greatest extent.Overflow chamber 311 not will need in all embodiments of allotter, and this depends on transmission mechanism used.

The details of above-mentioned allotter 300 is not recognized as limiting the present invention, but except recording the most in the claims.It should be appreciated that the CONSTRUCTED SPECIFICATION of distributor body and fluid delivery system thereof can greatly change.

But, in one embodiment, friendly convenient in order to make oral care systems 100 travel for user, the activating agent volume in reservoir 308 and/or reservoir may be selected to be so that oral care systems 100 can be boarded a plane by band.Owing to about in 2002, the liquid volume that energy band is boarded a plane in single container is restricted in the U.S. and other country, typically about 3 ounces.Activating agent volume in reservoir 308 and/or reservoir 308 is chosen as in order to meet applicable statutory standard, and this may change with country and country and/or passage in time.The volume of the activating agent in reservoir 308 and/or reservoir 308 can be at least 8 ounces or enough be used at least two weeks by domestic consumer.

Additionally, in some embodiments of the invention, applicator 309 can be omitted from allotter 300.In this kind of embodiment, desired oral care materials will carry via the aperture that only has in distribution end 303 from the reservoir 308 of allotter 300.According to the type of oral care materials used, this kind of aperture can be used as nozzle or port liquid or pasty state oral care materials being distributed and/or spraying to the most desired oral surfaces.This kind is arranged particularly when useful when compressible/squeezable distributor body is combined.In the embodiment using semi-solid oral care material such as lip pomade, aperture can be merely provided to the path from reservoir, via this path, semi-solid oral care material maybe by prominent can be extended slidably by any applicable conventional axial or rotation extension mechanism and be regained.

Referring now to Fig. 6, Fig. 7 A and Fig. 7 B, the details of the toothbrush 200 that the nested volume being used for allotter 300 is provided in docking or storing state will be described in.The handle 210 of toothbrush 200 includes that size and shape is formed as receiving the internal cavity 240 of allotter 300.Cavity 240 is the generic tubular cavity extended along the longitudinal axis A-A of handle 210 and limited by internal surfaces/walls 241.Opening 215, it the most substantially transversely orients and is positioned at the near-end 212 of handle 210, it is provided that from the outside path to internal cavity 240 of toothbrush 200.Its size and shape of opening 215 is formed as allowing that allotter 300 slides and passes in and out internal cavity 240.The size and shape of cavity 240 is corresponding generally to the size and shape of allotter 300, and below about make as described in Fig. 7 A allotter 300 and fluidly but be fastened on removedly in handle 210.

Cavity 240 includes vertical section B and vertical section C.Its size and shape of section B of cavity 240 is formed as receiving the housing 301 of allotter 300, and its size and shape of section C of cavity 240 is formed as receiving the distally distribution end 303 of applicator 309 and allotter 300.More specifically, section B has cross-sectional profiles and Xray films, and they are corresponding generally to cross-sectional profiles and the Xray films of the part being nested in cavity 240 of the housing 301 of allotter 300.Similarly, section C has cross-sectional profiles and Xray films, and they are corresponding generally to cross-sectional profiles and the Xray films of the distally distribution end 303 being nested in cavity 240 of the housing 301 of applicator 309 and allotter 300.Certainly, the present invention is not limited to this kind of correspondence in all embodiments.

With continued reference to Fig. 6, Fig. 7 A and Fig. 7 B, cavity 240 has the most tapered cross section for the most of longitudinal length including the cavity of section A and section B, wherein, this cross section along with its forward/move towards the far-end 213 of handle portion 210 away from opening 215 and reduce.In docking or storing state, the tapered cross section of cavity 240 helps routes distribution device 300 and makes allotter 300 be centered to appropriate location to be placed in cavity 240.The cross-sectional area that the cross-sectional area of section C is preferably significantly less than section B is consistent with the respective tapered shape with allotter 300.As best shown in figure 6, in one embodiment the plane of opening 215 preferably about longitudinal axis degree angled transversally to help further to remove allotter and by allotter again insertable into cavity 240 from cavity 240.

With continued reference to Fig. 6, Fig. 7 A and Fig. 7 B, the inwall 241 of cavity 240 includes circular ridge 242, this circular ridge 242 be designed in order to when being in storing state with the annular groove 304 of allotter 300 fluidly mating.Circular ridge 242 and groove 304 provide for allotter 300 is fastened on locking system in the handle portion 210 of toothbrush 200 removedly.In a possible embodiment, circular ridge 242 is preferably protrusion shape on cross section and groove 304 can have the recessed cross section of complementation to promote smoothing but the joint (seeing Fig. 6 and Fig. 7 A) of locking between convex ridge and groove.Certainly, other matched shape and/or feature can be also used on allotter 300 and wall 241, replace the groove/ridge arrangement for being fastened on removedly in the handle portion 210 of toothbrush 200 by allotter 300.Circular ridge 242 can form the transition part between the section B and section C of cavity 240 as shown.

With continued reference to Fig. 6, Fig. 7 A and Fig. 7 B, the inwall 241 of cavity 240 also can farther include annular shoulder 243, and this shoulder 243 is preferably placed near the far-end 213 of handle portion 210 as shown.Annular shoulder 243 provides the prominent structure of the less distally cross-sectional area producing section C near the far-end 213 of handle portion 210 with the form of applicator end bearing (receptacle) 400.Although annular shoulder 243 is shown as rectangle corner or edge, but it can use various shape and cross section profile or profile, including angled edge, bending radius or arcuate edge etc..Annular shoulder 243 is configured to and is suitable to engage mutually the distally distribution end 303 of allotter 300 when allotter 300 is completely inserted in cavity 240.This provide the retainer for allotter 300 housing 301 distribution end 303 in case prevent cavity inner wall 241 the most front laterally/vertical being excessively inserting and contacting between distal end wall 401 and the free end of applicator 309, this free end may result in oral cavity nursing agent and from allotter " drainage " or leaks into cavity, this confusion that can produce oral cavity nursing agent and loss.Therefore, annular shoulder 243 preferably produces little spacing (seeing Fig. 7 B) between the distal end wall 401 of the free end of applicator 309 and cavity 241.Bearing 400 further preferably constructs and is formed as with size in order to applicator 309 to be received in wherein and can be substantially consistent with the shapes and sizes of applicator, provides applicable circumferential spacing between also to prevent lateral joint the between applicator and end bearing 400 from preventing leakage simultaneously.Certainly, in some embodiments of the invention, annular shoulder can omit, and wherein cavity 241 and allotter 300 are preferably for being configured so that when allotter 300 fully disposes and is docked in the cavity 241 of toothbrush 200 handle portion 210 to keep between the distal end wall 401 of the end of applicator 309 and cavity little spacing mutually.Annular shoulder 243 and the structure with allotter 300 thereof cooperate and will be described in greater detail below.

Referring also to Fig. 7 A and Fig. 7 B now, will be explained in greater detail the structure cooperation between allotter 300 and toothbrush 200 in storing state.As it can be seen, oral care systems 100 is in storing state.When being in storing state, allotter 300 is slidably located in the cavity 240 of toothbrush 200 handle 210 as shown.Most of length of allotter 300 is nested in the cavity 240 of toothbrush, and more preferably allotter 300 at least 75% length be nested in the cavity 240 of toothbrush 200.

When being in docking or storing state, the circular ridge 242 of the annular groove 304 of allotter 300 receiving cavity 240 inwall 241 matchingly, thus allotter 300 is not fixedly secured on its position.The coupling of groove 304 and convex ridge 242 makes allotter fastening in place, until user applies enough power to overcome the coupling reciprocal action between groove 304 and convex ridge 242, thus is removed to use from toothbrush 200 by allotter 300.Needed for overcoming coupling to engage, shear force will be controlled by respective size and the tolerance of groove 304 and convex ridge 242 really.

The elastic outer layer 307 of allotter also promotes that the free-standing between allotter 300 and toothbrush 200 fastens, because outer layer 307 is by the convex ridge 242 of inwall 241 and/or compressing of other parts.Additionally, the compression of elastic outer layer 307 adds the size of power needed for the CONTACT WITH FRICTION overcome between the outer surface 305 of inwall 241 and allotter 300 housing 301.

Coupling between groove 304 and convex ridge 242 also performs another function, namely coupling reciprocal action forms gas-tight seal between the outer surface 305 of wall 242 and allotter 300.This kind of gas-tight seal prevents water and may damage other fluid entrance cavity 240 of the integrity of applicator 309 and/or the behavior of oral cavity nursing agent.The compression of elastic outer layer 307 also enhances this kind of effect.Except when allotter stops water and other unnecessary fluid to enter outside cavity 240 when being in storing state, gas-tight seal also prevents applicator from becoming dry during non-use periods.

When being in docking or storing state, annular shoulder 243 additionally aids to play and maintains integrity and the oral cavity nursing agent of applicator 309 during non-use periods and/or utilize toothbrush 200 to carry out the effect scrubbed.More specifically, when being in storing state, annular shoulder 243 contacts the outer surface 305 of (and compression slightly) housing 301, thus forms the second gas-tight seal and/or barrier being isolated by the section C of internal cavity and the section B of cavity 240.Therefore, storing state exists two gas-tight seals from external environment condition of protection section C and applicator 309.Certainly, can use only one or another.And, gas-tight seal is formed also by only contact between the outer surface 305 and inwall 241 of allotter 300.

The gas-tight seal formed by annular shoulder be may be particularly helpful for preventing leakage that applicator 309 is unnecessary and/or is dried, because can obtain little free volume in the section C of cavity 240.In other embodiments, allotter 300 not can be fixedly secured in the cavity 240 of toothbrush 200 by compressed fit only between allotter and inwall 241 and/or f pictional surface contacts.

Referring now to Fig. 8, according to the alternative that present invention show allotter 300A.In addition to distribution end 303A is suitable to have and is fastened to cap 330A thereon and is made up of homogenous material layer 306A, the allotter 300 in allotter 300A with Fig. 4 and Fig. 5 is identical.In order to avoid redundancy, eliminate the detailed description to those components roughly the same with allotter 100 in allotter 300A.But, for the sake of reference and understanding, label identical in addition to adding letter suffix " A " is for identifying identical part.

Distribution end 303A of the housing 301A of allotter 300A includes the surface character (groove 315A form ringwise) for mating with corresponding construction (convex ridge 331A form ringwise).Cap 330A is not fixedly secured to housing 301A by mating between the annular groove 215A and circular ridge 331A of cap 330A of housing 301A, thus encapsulates applicator 309A to prevent spilling and/or becoming dry of activating agent.Although groove/convex ridge matching component is illustrated as being held in place cap 330A, but may be used without other surface character and the structure that can engage with matching each other and/or cooperate.The structures and methods that cap is attached to tubular body are well known in the art.

The housing 301A of allotter 300A is also monolayer 306A structure.The material of monolayer 306A should provide the necessary rigidity of structure compatible with oral cavity nursing agent.

Referring now to Fig. 9, it is shown that be specifically designed to receive the toothbrush 200A on it with the allotter 300A maintaining cap 330A.In addition to internal cavity 240A is shaped differently and has the allotter 300A of cap 330A for storage, the toothbrush 200 in toothbrush 200A and Fig. 1-7B is identical.In order to avoid redundancy, eliminate the detailed description to those components roughly the same with toothbrush 200 in toothbrush 200A.But, for the sake of reference and understanding, label identical in addition to adding letter suffix " A " is for identifying identical part.

The internal cavity 240A of toothbrush 200A has features designed to receive the section C of the cap 330A of allotter 300A.Due to cavity 240A storage allotter 300 and attached cap 330A thereof, therefore it is not required in wall 241A constitute shoulder, because cap 330A forms the second gas-tight seal for applicator 309A.Allotter 300A (having cap 330A) is shown as in Fig. 10 and is in storage location in toothbrush 200A.

Referring also to Figure 11-13 now, it is shown that be specifically designed to receive the toothbrush 200B of the allotter 300A that there is no cap 330A on it.In addition to the section C of internal cavity 240B is shaped differently as in order to receive without the allotter 300A of cap 330A, the toothbrush 200 in toothbrush 200B and Fig. 1-7B is identical.In order to avoid redundancy, eliminate the detailed description to those components roughly the same with toothbrush 200 in toothbrush 200B.But, for the sake of reference and understanding, label identical in addition to adding letter suffix " B " is for identifying identical part.

The section C of cavity 240B is designed to receive applicator 309A of the allotter 300A not with its cap.The fact that special concern it is that the section C of cavity 240B is specifically designed to mate the annular groove 315 at distribution end 303A being positioned at allotter 300A.Specifically, inwall 241B also includes circular ridge 244B being positioned in the section C of cavity 240B.When allotter 300A is in storing state (without cap) in toothbrush 200B, circular ridge 244B matches with the annular groove 315B of allotter 300B, thus seals and encapsulating applicator 309A.

Conceptually, the inwall 240B profiling of the section C of cavity 240B is identical with the structure of cap 330A.Therefore, even if cap 330A removes, still achieve protection and the preservation of phase same level to applicator 309A (and activating agent).Therefore if desired, groove 304A can omit.The similar face feature (being illustrated as groove 315A) of allotter 300A can be used for: (1) fastening cap 330A is with during transporting and/or when being offered for sale protection applicator 309A;(2) help not to be fixedly secured in cavity 240B by allotter 300A in storing state;(3) seal in storing state and protect applicator 309A.

Due to the above-mentioned transmutability between the section C of cap 330A and cavity 240A, oral care systems 100B is particularly well suited as external member and sells.Once cap 330A has removed and has combined toothbrush 200B use, then can be at the allotter 300A without selling displacement in the case of noticing cap 330A.

The oral care systems 100 of Fig. 1-7B also can be sold as external member.Arbitrary external member may each comprise at least one toothbrush 200 and preserves an allotter 300 of oral cavity nursing agent.In other embodiments, external member can include at least one toothbrush 200 and multiple allotter 300;Each allotter 300 all preserve different oral cavity nursing agent dosage form (such as brighten, enamel protection, antiallergic, fluoride, tartar protection etc.).Allotter 300 is also with encoded labelling and/or color is indicated with mark with corresponding to being contained in the concrete mouth care dosage form of inside.In the another embodiment of external member, toothbrush 200 can have a replaceable head of user 230 and external member can include one or preferably several this kind different types of head and/or cleaning of teeth/joint element 235 and/or the structure of tongue cleaner.

Referring also to Figure 14 and Figure 15 now, it is shown that oral care systems 100C and 100D.Except prehension end 302B, the 302C of allotter 300B, 300C are shaped so that user can easily catch allotter 300B, 300C so that from toothbrush 200 removes, and the oral care systems 100 of oral care systems 100C with 100D and Fig. 1-7B is identical.Allotter 300B has expanding end and allotter 300C has bulbous end portion.

Figure 16-34 shows the alternative of the oral care systems according to the present invention, and it can be oral care systems 500 in certain embodiments.In this kind of embodiment, as described in further below, toothbrush handle has longitudinally elongated opening, and it leads to the cavity being applicable to receive allotter the most removedly.In this kind of alternative toothbrush handle, this opening is formed along the major lengthwise portion of handle, and is located substantially in near-end 212 part of handle previously with regard to the opening 215 in the handle portion 210 of the toothbrush 200 described in system 100 (for example, see Fig. 6) and is axially directed at longitudinal axis.In addition, although oral cavity nursing agent allotter 300 substantially axially inserts handle 210 and internal cavity 240 thereof and removes from handle 210 and internal cavity 240 thereof, but allotter can insert in handle to lateral/transverse to place and installing at least in part in this kind of alternative oral care systems embodiment 500.Additionally, as in literary composition for this kind of alternative it is further described that allotter self can be formed toothbrush handle grasped by user thus advantageously provide to allotter rapidly close to and the convenient major part used.

Referring initially to Figure 16-19, the alternative of oral care systems 500 generallys include toothbrush 600 and is removably disposed allotter 700 therein.In addition to the difference that it should be particularly mentioned in the description of oral care systems 500 the most below, toothbrush 600 and allotter 700 for the most already described oral care systems 100 and component thereof can structure, manufacture and functional in terms of be substantially similar to toothbrush 200 and allotter 300.

Allotter 700 can in figure 16 shown in storing state and Figure 17 shown in applying state between move, in storing state, allotter docks or is arranged in toothbrush handle 610, and in applying state, allotter 700 is then dismantled or removed from handle 610 and prepare for oral care regimen.

With continued reference to Figure 16-20, toothbrush 600 generally includes handle portion 610, neck portion 620 and head portion 630.Handle 610 can be unibody construction or multi-piece construction.Handle 610 proximally 612 extends to far-end 613 along longitudinal axis A-A.Handle 610 includes limiting top surface or the top section 660 of top side 652, limiting basal surface or the base section 661 of bottom side 653, and the periphery of a pair spaced opposite extended between top side and bottom side or lateral surface or side 650,651.The top section 660 of handle 610 is securely attached to far-end 613 part (namely in one embodiment for distal sheath part 661) of handle and longitudinally extands rearward to the near-end 612 of handle 610.Therefore, as explained the most further, top section 660 forms the cantilever part being releasably coupled and supporting allotter 700 of handle 610.Handle 610 is transitioned into cervical region 620 at the far-end 613 of handle, and this cervical region 620 is via handle 610 supports head 630.Although cervical region 620 is commonly angled relative to handle 620 can have less cross-sectional area, but the invention is not restricted to this.

With continued reference to Figure 16-20, the toothbrush head 630 of toothbrush 600, cervical region 620 and handle 610 are formed as single monolithic construction, or these components are formed as the independent structure fixedly or detachably fitted together in other embodiments.In certain embodiments, head 630 is removably attachable to cervical region 620 thus forms the replaceable head of user, and this kind of replaceable head of user allows that the worn-out head of custom replaceable cleaning of teeth/joint element or exchange have the head of alternative types cleaning element.Head 630 generally includes front surface 631, rear surface 632 and lateral or periphery surface 633.Front surface 631 includes extending to contact multiple oral cleaning elements of oral surfaces and/or interdental spaces, such as tooth joint element 635.Tooth joint element 635 generally can be formed by those described about tooth joint element 235 in various types of cleaning elements such as literary composition.

Referring to Figure 16-22, in preferred one exemplary embodiment, handle 610 includes limiting and the removable portion of composition hand-held dispenser 700, and this allotter 700 is suitable to accommodate oral cavity nursing agent and be assigned to by oral cavity nursing agent on the target surface in user oral cavity.Therefore, major part and the preferably major part of toothbrush handle 610 circumferentially cut with both longitudinal directions to form the elongated cavity 640 of the longitudinal extension largely opened wide, this cavity 640 has entrance opening 615 to receive removedly and supporting allotter 700 along lateral side 650,651 and the bottom 653 of handle 610.Opening 615 is relative to longitudinal axis A-A the two extension axially and transverse directions of toothbrush handle 610, make the near-end 612 of toothbrush handle, lateral side 650,651 and bottom side 653 be structurally notable opening wide, the most only top side 652 be the structure of closing, as best shown in Figure 20 and Figure 22.When allotter 700 is arranged in toothbrush handle 610, allotter 700 and more specifically housing 701 include the major part of toothbrush handle 610 as shown at this kind of alternate exemplary oral care systems 500.In one embodiment, the housing 701 of allotter 700 essentially forms section below or the major part in lower section half portion of toothbrush handle 610.Therefore toothbrush handle 610 only has top section 660 and partial side 652 in the region of neighbouring cavity 640, thus exposes the downside of handle top side 652.Therefore the top side 652 of handle 610 provide only for allotter 700 is arranged on the supporting core below toothbrush 600 or framework, wherein in addition to the handle farthest side part near the transition part in neck portion 620, allotter 700 substitutes and is formed lateral side 650,651 and the major part of bottom side 653 of toothbrush handle.Advantageously, compared to the embodiment shown in Fig. 1-3, the maximum cross section size of the housing 701 of allotter 700 or diameter are not limited to widthwise size or the diameter of toothbrush handle, and this is different from and size must be formed as receiving wherein the handle 210 (seeing Fig. 1-3 and Fig. 7 A) of the major part of allotter 300 as shown.In some cases, when desired, the related volume capacity of this size allowing allotter 700 and reservoir 708 is made for big as much as possible, is mainly limited solely by the expection size of population selected by toothbrush 600 for comfortably fitting in user's hands.

Mainly referring to Figure 17, Figure 20 and Figure 31, toothbrush handle 610 and more specifically top side 652 limit lateral, the rear and front installation edge 655 of periphery, and these edges 655 structure and size are formed as the corresponding periphery in order to mate when allotter is attached to toothbrush 600 and engage on distributor body 701 and install edge 763 (best shown in Figure 23-24 and Figure 34).Preferably, the edge 655 of handle 610 and the edge 763 of distributor body 701 are directed to form relatively uniform combination peripheral surface when linking the most mutually, seamlessly transit so that the comfortable purpose of user to maintain between handle 610 and distributor body 701.In certain embodiments, all or part of periphery on allotter 700 is installed edge 763 and be may be formed at the elastomeric flexible grip part 753 further described in other place in literary composition.The basal surface 753 further preferably profiling of allotter 700 is the corresponding surface 653 smoothly transitioning from into coupling handle 610.

Referring now to Figure 17, Figure 20, Figure 22 and Figure 28, in toothbrush handle 610, the one exemplary embodiment with the cavity 640 entering opening 615 has axial length L (Figure 20), this length L preferably extends up at least half of handle 610 axial length measured between far-end 613 and near-end 612, and the preferred major part of decreased food that is up to is to increase the storage volumetric capacity of the reservoir 708 of allotter 700 to greatest extent and in order to promote grasping allotter.In preferred one exemplary embodiment, as shown in Figure 22, opening 615 and respective cavities 640 extend up to the height H approximately exceeding handle 610 and the half of girth.

The forefront part of cavity 640 preferably is circumferentially encapsulated to form structure by the far-end 613 of toothbrush handle 610 as best shown in Figure 20, Figure 22 and Figure 28 and is applicable to receive wherein the distally distribution end 703 of allotter 700 and the generic tubular jacket portions 656 of applicator 709.This jacket portions 656 finishing total incapsulation promotes to make when allotter is in docking or the storing state being attached to toothbrush 600 allotter 700 securely be docked in handle 610 and protect applicator 709 from damage.The far-end of jacket portions 656 or front end are to close, and the rear end of jacket portions is then the unlimited distally distributor tip 703 to receive allotter wherein.In certain embodiments, holder 654 may be provided in the jacket portions 656 in cavity 640 foremost, and it constructs and is arranged on applicator 709 (seeing Figure 29) with the further axially projecting connector 750 helping fastening distally distribution end 703 be applicable to reception.

The rear section of allotter 700 is removably secured to toothbrush handle 610 via the locking mechanism arranged towards handle proximate end 612.Referring to Figure 20, Figure 23, Figure 24 and Figure 31-33, allotter locking mechanism 800 can be locked layout by the protuberance cooperated and recess in an exemplary embodiment and constitute.Distributor body 701 with including a pair lateral/transverse spaced apart mounting recess 800, mounting recess 800 is constructed and is applicable to receive the installation protuberance 801 that a pair be arranged on toothbrush handle 610 is laterally spaced apart from by this.In one embodiment, install on the downside of protuberance 801 top side 652 that is arranged on toothbrush body 610 and inwardly projecting and include the narrower section of front enlarged section 802 and rear 803, as best shown in Figure 31 towards longitudinal axis A-A.Mounting recess 800 correspondingly includes the narrower section of front enlarged section 804 and rear 805, as best shown in Figure 32 and Figure 33.Locking recess 800 also includes the locking protuberance 806 being arranged in rear section 805, and it is from allotter 700 lateral/transverse ground outwardly.When allotter 700 is installed to toothbrush handle 610, the enlarged section 802 installing protuberance 801 becomes the corresponding enlarged section 804 being positioned in the corresponding enlarged section 804 of mounting recess 800 and engaging mounting recess 800, and the narrower section 803 installing protuberance 801 becomes the corresponding narrower section 805 being positioned in the corresponding narrower section 805 of mounting recess 800 and engaging mounting recess 800.The locking protuberance 806 of mounting recess frictionally engages the rear section of the narrower section 803 installing protuberance 801 removedly but securely allotter 700 is attached to toothbrush handle 610 via distinctive " occlusion " action.Due to neighbouring cavity 640 toothbrush handle 610 upside 652 preferably on thickness relatively thin with to a certain extent for elastic at least in part, therefore toothbrush handle is inserted in response to allotter 700 and wherein can bend relative to longitudinal axis A-A lateral/transverse when installation protuberance 801 engages mounting recess 800.The enlarged section 802 installing protuberance 801 will be tended to first engage distributor body before narrower section 803.At locking protuberance 806 received down, in the lock part 807 of recess 800 and they bullets (or occlusion) back towards interior in place to complete to install section 803.Figure 29 and Figure 30 is to show that allotter 700 is fully placed or is arranged on the cross sectional view in toothbrush handle 610.

Will be described with now allotter 700.Figure 23-26 shows the various views of alternative allotter 700, and wherein Figure 26 is the longitudinal cross-section view of allotter 700.In one embodiment, allotter 700 is elongated and the most tubular lip pencil structure, and it may look like allotter 300 (seeing Fig. 5, Fig. 7 A and Fig. 7 B) the most described about functional and total structure.But, some features of allotter 700, including the most improved, as will be described with now for being detachably mounted to the attachment means of handle 610, structure, and further feature.

With continued reference to Figure 23-26, allotter 700 is included between near-end 702 and distally distribution end 703 housing 701 extended.Having been noted that as in literary composition, housing 701 can take the removable portion for essentially forming toothbrush handle 610 as.In certain embodiments, housing 701 can include internal layer and outer layer, is similar to internal layer 306 and the outer layer 307 of the housing 301 shown in Fig. 5.Alternately, in embodiment best shown in such as Figure 26, housing 701 has the relative single layer enclosure structure formed by the firmest material, this firm material can be relatively rigid rigid plastics/polymer, such as, be similar to the most in the text about the thermoplastic of material described in the internal layer 306 of housing 301.This provides the rigidity of structure for allotter 700.In certain embodiments, housing 701 can include flexibly deformable flex section at least partially, with allow user extrude and the allotter that pressurizes inclusions in case conveying active oral care agents.

It is optional that, in certain embodiments, the soft non-slippage elastomeric grip portion 752 (such as, the most in the text about as described in the outer layer 307 of housing 301) formed by the material of such as elastomer can include at least partially outside housing 701 is to provide a user with anti-slip and comfortable grasping surface.Owing in the embodiment of oral care systems 500 alternative at this, allotter 700 substitutes and formed the main functional parts of toothbrush handle 610, therefore elastomeric grip portion 752 the most preferably covers at least some of and the most most of of the allotter 700 exposed portion when being arranged in handle 710.By user, this allows that allotter 700 is prone to catch, particularly catch with wet hands after brushing teeth and promote allotter 700 to remove and again insertable in toothbrush handle 610.In at least one embodiment, grip part 752 can cover the major part in lower section half portion of allotter 700 and housing 701, including the basal surface of housing or bottom side 753 and lateral surface or the part (see for example Figure 21, Figure 23-26 and Figure 34) of lateral side 754,755.Grip part 752 is without covering the top surface of allotter or top side 766 or distally distributor tip 703, because in when allotter is placed in handle, these parts will be nested in toothbrush handle 610.Elastomeric grip portion 752 can be attached to housing 701 by any applicable conventional means (including but not limited to co-molded and binding agent) that is used in this area and that describe the most in the text.

With continued reference to Figure 23-26, housing 701 forms internal chamber, and this internal chamber limits the reservoir 708 for preserving desired oral cavity nursing agent.Available oral cavity nursing agent describes in detail the most in the text.Reservoir 708 is fluidly coupled in applicator 709, and this applicator 709 highlights forward from the distribution end 703 of housing 701.In this kind of embodiment of allotter 700, eliminate transmission channel 310 and the coordinate of overflow chamber 311 (description that see for example in Fig. 4 and Wen).Instead, the oral cavity nursing agent comprising fluid directly contacts with applicator 709, as best shown in Figure 26 and Figure 29.Applicator 709 can include internal flow conduit 756, and this conduit 756 fluidly connects with reservoir 708 to promote to utilize oral cavity nursing agent moistening applicator equably.

Referring to Figure 23-26 and Figure 29, applicator 709 can be by bristle, porous or sponge material, or the material having fibril tissue of applicator 309 being similar to have described that in literary composition is constituted.Applicator 709 includes mast part 757, and this mast part 757 receives in distally distribution end 703 and frictionally engage this distally distribution end 703 applicator to be maintained in housing 701 in one embodiment.Applicator 709 also includes the connector 750 receiving and being removably retained in applicator.In one embodiment, connector 750 can be formed by polypropylene or elastomeric material (their example describes the most in the text).In a possible one exemplary embodiment, connector 750 is included in fore head 762 and adjacent in rear extension mast part 760, should be in rear extension mast part 760 is removably received in the such as path 758 of the axial aperture in front end being formed at applicator 709.

Path 758 fluidly connects with the flow-catheter 756 of applicator 709 and provides the aperture for distributing flowable oral cavity nursing agent or other oral cavity nursing agent from allotter 700.Preferably, path 758 has less cross section internal diameter and flow area with constraint and the regulation oral cavity nursing agent flowing from allotter 700 compared to adjacent flow-catheter 756.Viscosity based on the flowable oral cavity nursing agent carried by allotter, those skilled in the art are readily determined the suitable internal diameter (namely aperture size) for path 758 and lead to the expectation distribution flow rate of user to set up product.Applicator 309 compared to the cellular type shown in Fig. 4, it does not have the flowing transmitting catheter opened wide or path extending completely through applicator and leading to outside, aperture distribution system used in applicator 709 is the most preferably applicable to distribute oral cavity nursing agent or the product of more viscosity, such as gel and paste.

With continued reference to Figure 23-26 and Figure 29, the connector 750 including head 762 and mast 760 can be substantial cylindrical in shape.Connector 750 may also include annular flange flange 761 and (sees Figure 26 and Figure 29) preventing connector to be excessively inserting in path 758.

Referring now additionally to Figure 28 and Figure 29, removable connector 750 may also include multiple radially prominent flexible annular rib 751 of some functions.Rib 751 is configured to and is applicable to make the cylindrical shaped receptacle 654 of complementary structure to be resiliently deformed and frictionally engage with it, and this cylindrical shaped receptacle 654 is arranged at the forefront part of internal cavity 640 at the internal close far-end 613 of toothbrush handle 610.Distally distribution end 703 is detachably fastened in toothbrush handle 701 by rib 751.Connector 750 additionally provides additional benefits, including preventing the spilling of oral cavity nursing agent when filling allotter 700 during manufacture, reducing the chance that oral cavity nursing agent leaked after the fabrication stage, and applicator 709 end that chien shih exposes in being used by user keeps cleaning.

Referring to Figure 26, Figure 27 and Figure 34, the rear end of allotter 700 or near-end 702 part include the be attached cap 900 of sealed distributor near-end 702.Cap 900 can be formed and be used as button in certain embodiments to advance inner shaft 904 mechanism of allotter 700 and thus via applicator 709 delivering oral care agent by elastic elastomeric material.Cap 900 compresses perform propulsion functions and be then return to its original shape.When allotter 700 be entirely disposed in toothbrush 600 therein for the pattern of scrubbing and when allotter 700 from toothbrush dismounting in case apply oral cavity nursing agent to both teeth time, cap also provides a user with comfort level.In one embodiment, cap 900 preferably includes annular flange flange 901, and this annular flange flange 901 engages the groove being formed on the proximal end of allotter 700 or rear end.Flange 901 preferably is made up to be advantageously provided for pressing cap on allotter 700 surface in place during manufacture process after allotter is filled with oral cavity nursing agent of the material the firmest compared to cap 900.The proximal part 702 of distributor body 701 can include the convex ridge 765 being arranged on the one or more liftings near ring edge 764, and this convex ridge 765 engages the corresponding one or more annular grooves 902 (seeing Figure 27) on cap 900 so that fastening cap seals for the anti-leakage in rear portion of allotter with offer.In certain embodiments, as shown, extension rod 904 may be installed on cap 900 so that cap is fastened to distributor body 701 further the most forward.As best shown in Figure 27, bar 904 can include multiple serration being axially spaced, and these serrations are configured to the maintaining body 905 engaging in the near-end 702 being arranged on allotter 700.

There will be briefly described now use toothbrush 600 and the exemplary method of allotter 700.Allotter 700 with connector 650 is filled with oral care materials and is inserted in toothbrush 600.Be supplied to user be as shown in Figure 16 in storing state with the toothbrush 600 of allotter 700.Allotter 700 is the most fully placed and is fastened in toothbrush handle 610, wherein, the rear section near near-end 702 of housing 701 engages (via the installation protuberance 801 shown in Figure 31-33 and locking protuberance 806) the distally distribution end 703 jacket portions 656 then with handle and is frictionally engaged (seeing Figure 29) slidably with the cantilevered top section 660 of handle 610 with locking.After user utilizes toothbrush 600 to complete to scrub his/her tooth, or alternately before scrubbing his/her tooth, user catch distributor body 701 (if provided that preferably at grip 752) and by initial along the direction being substantially transverse to longitudinal axis A-A apply power F and at near-end 702 or near be outwardly and away from toothbrush handle 610 and pull the portions of proximal of allotter 700.Owing to distally distributor tip 703 is still placed in (for example, see Figure 29) in the jacket portions 656 of toothbrush handle 610, therefore this initial action applied by user is the pivotal action utilizing distributor tip to be used as pivoting point.First the latter half of or proximal half of allotter will pivot away from toothbrush handle 610 (for example, see Figure 16 and applying power F) with the angle about toothbrush handle and longitudinal axis A-A in bow-shaped route.The locking protuberance 806 of distributor body 701 discharges the installation protuberance 801 (seeing Figure 31-33) on toothbrush handle 610 and installation protuberance exits from the mounting recess 800 of distributor body.This makes the near-end 702 of allotter 700 couple with toothbrush handle 610 disengagement.Next user can be made allotter 700 slide backward by rear end or near-end 612 towards handle in the generally axial direction along longitudinal axis A-A and extracted from the jacket portions 656 of toothbrush handle 610 or exit distally distributor tip 703.Allotter 700 connector 750 of neighbouring applicator 709 is maintained in the holder 654 in toothbrush handle 610, thus exposes applicator.Then user can fully exit allotter 700 from toothbrush 600, and as shown in Figure 17, allotter 700 is now arranged in applying state and fully disengages with toothbrush and couple.Then user utilizes applicator to apply oral cavity nursing agent to tooth and/or the other parts in oral cavity as desired.

In order to allotter 700 is turned back in toothbrush handle 610 again, user's simple repeat the above steps on the contrary.Allotter 700 then returnes to the storing state shown in Figure 16.Although it should be noted that allotter 300 remove from toothbrush 200 by only allotter being applied axial force and motion and from toothbrush 200 again insertable into, but allotter 700 is then removed from toothbrush 600 by laterally and axially both power as described above and the combination of motion.

According to a further aspect in the invention, toothbrush handle 610 may also include window 657, as best shown in Figure 19.In preferred one exemplary embodiment, window 657 can be made up of the limpidest and transparent insert 658, and what this insert 658 was arranged in handle 610 has in the perforate 659 of complementary shape relative to this insert.Window insert 658 is formed as single parts and is welded by any applicable means such as binding agent, heat or ultrasonic used in this area and be attached to handle 610, or can be co-molded with handle.Preferably, window 657 is positioned on toothbrush handle 610 so that when allotter 700 is arranged in handle 710, the applicator 709 of allotter 700 is at least some of visible through window.Window 657 informs that consumer/user exists another product and is combined in toothbrush 600.In the embodiment that some are possible, accommodate different oral cavity nursing agent or dosage form (such as brighten, enamel protection, antiallergic, taste etc.) different allotters 700 all can use.The distally distribution end 703 of applicator 709 and/or distributor body 701 can be color coded and/or include that labelling is corresponding with the oral cavity nursing agent dosage form with particular type contained therein.This will allow for user and identifies which dosage form is contained in the allotter 700 being placed in toothbrush 600 at present rapidly.This kind of different types of allotter 700 may be included in as the most in the text with reference in the external member described in toothbrush 200 and allotter 300.

Although foregoing description and accompanying drawing depict the preferred embodiments of the present invention, it is to be understood that various increase, modification and replacement can be made in the case of without departing substantially from the spirit and scope of the invention limited the most in the following claims.Specifically, for it will be apparent to one skilled in the art that the present invention can use other form, structure, layout, ratio, size and utilize other element, material and component to implement without deviating from its essence or fundamental characteristics.It would be recognized by those skilled in the art that is, the present invention may be incorporated in the multiple modification of structure, layout, ratio, size, material and component etc. used in the enforcement of the present invention and uses, and these modification are particularly well-suited to specific environment and operation requires the principle without deviating from the present invention.Therefore presently disclosed embodiment is regarded as the most all being illustrative and be not restrictive, and the scope of the present invention is defined by the following claims and is not limited to foregoing description or embodiment.

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1. distribute the method to oral surfaces for non-treatment purpose by oral cavity nursing agent, including:
Toothbrush is provided, described toothbrush has handle and by the detachable oral cavity nursing agent allotter of described handle supporting, described allotter includes the reservoir accommodating oral cavity nursing agent and the applicator with described reservoir communication being positioned on far-end, wherein, described applicator by bristle, porous material or has the material of fibril tissue to constitute;
The portions of proximal relative with described applicator of described allotter is pulled out from described handle so that the portions of proximal of described allotter pivots in bow-shaped route away from described handle transverse to the direction of longitudinal axis of described handle;
Described applicator is exited from the encapsulating jacket portions of described handle vertically with from allotter described in described handle release;With
Described allotter is used to apply described oral cavity nursing agent to oral surfaces.
Method the most according to claim 1, it is characterised in that described pivoting step makes the locking protuberance being formed on described toothbrush handle be disengaged with described allotter.
Method the most according to claim 1, it is characterised in that the described step holder form from handle that exits vertically removes described applicator.
Method the most according to claim 1, it is characterised in that described in exit step and remove the connector extended from described applicator.
Method the most according to claim 1, it is characterised in that described pivoting step makes the locking protuberance being formed on described allotter be disengaged with the installation protuberance on described handle.
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