GB2464679A - Tongue scraper - Google Patents

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GB2464679A
GB2464679A GB0819231A GB0819231A GB2464679A GB 2464679 A GB2464679 A GB 2464679A GB 0819231 A GB0819231 A GB 0819231A GB 0819231 A GB0819231 A GB 0819231A GB 2464679 A GB2464679 A GB 2464679A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B17/00Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
    • A61B17/24Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for use in the oral cavity, larynx, bronchial passages or nose; Tongue scrapers
    • A61B17/244Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for use in the oral cavity, larynx, bronchial passages or nose; Tongue scrapers for cleaning of the tongue

Abstract

The scraper comprises a handle 12 and a cleaning head 11 having a plurality of cleaning ridges 15 projecting from one side. The scraper may be formed from polymeric plastic and/or elastomeric rubber materials. In use the scraper contacts the tongue whereby unwanted matter is removed to within the spaces between the ridges.

Description

Tongue Cleaning Device

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is related to a tongue cleaner scraper device constructed from plastic and rubber materials, having a plurality of cleaning ridges on the lower surface of the cleaning head suitable for hygienic human use. The tongue cleaning scraper device is configured for easy personal use and will greatly improve general and oral health by efficiently and comfortably removing harmful tongue bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, rancid food particles and cellular debris that cause bad breath, gum disease, dental decay, plaque, sore throats and colds.

2. Description of the Prior Art

It is well established that a regular practice of oral hygiene should include the removal of unhealthy and often malodorous oral deposits and exudates from the surface of the tongue. The prior art contains numerous examples of apparatus and designs for cleaning the tongue, however, currently available devices are likely to damage lingual cilium, tear the tongue, and create micro-lesions. Such damage can lead to an increased risk of bacterial, fungal, yeast or viral infections. The specifically constructed and configured cleaning scraper head with rubberized cleaning ridges of the present invention provide gentle, non-abrasive cleaning surfaces.

Some of the prior art tongue cleaners or scrapers utilize a single or two or three sharp scraping ridges to effect the desired cleaning of the tongue. Such hard scrapers having sharp edges are objectionable because they are likely to abrade the surface of the tongue or, in the event of an accident, to cut or tear the soft tissue lining of the cheeks. Thus the sharp edges damage the surface tissue of the tongue and cheeks, but it also may produce great physical discomfort for the user. There are also several toothbrushes which have multiple ridges at the back, but they are thin and take to many strokes to remove the matter from the tongue.

In addition, many of the currently available tongue cleaning devices are uncomfortable and unpleasant to use. Discomfort, such as gagging or retching, discourages regular tongue cleaning. But, the present invention overcomes this disadvantage with an angled head having cleaning ridges that are pleasant to use. Thus, the present invention encourages regular oral hygiene by encouraging tongue cleaning to become an accepted daily constitutional and morning ritual, just as taking a shower and brushing one's teeth are all part of an essential routine for commencing a new day.

Another type of cleaning surface is the brush having a number of bristles for cleaning the tongue. However, the effect of brushing also may create physical discomfort for many persons, and even gagging and retching, particularly with children. The prior art also contains numerous other examples of tongue scrapers and cleaners that discloses a stainless steel scraping device having an extremely narrow scraping edge. Such a narrow scraping device necessitates repetitive scraping motion across the surface of the tongue, which young children in particular would find exceedingly unpleasant.

Moreover, they do not include a mechanism for catching matter scraped from the tongue, other than the surfaces of the loop itself, from which such matter may readily drip off. While some of these scrapers, because of their flexibility, can be formed to the shape of the surface of the tongue, but they require two hands to use, and also do not incorporate a mechanism for trapping material accumulated during the scraping operation.

None of the prior art enables or teaches one skilled in the art to make a tongue cleaner having the broadened non-acute cleaning surfaces or the hygienic qualities of the present invention. The present invention combines unique characteristics of construction and configuration. It is constructed from plastic and elastic rubber materials and configured in an efficacious manner to permit the user to cleanse the tongue in manner that is both safe and comfortable. When the present invention is applied to the tongue, the multiple broad cleaning ribs dissipate the pressure across the surface of the tongue, rather than focusing pressure upon an acute location. The gag reflex is thus greatly reduced, or altogether eliminated. Consequently, the novel features of the present invention provide a tongue cleaner for not only cleansing the tongue and palate, but also creating a pleasant oral sensation that encourages the user to initiate and maintain a regular regime of lingual hygiene.

Although many of these prior art tongue cleaning devices were satisfactory for their intended purpose of cleaning at least some of the buildup from the tongue, still several disadvantages or problems exist in the design and use of these, and therefore there is a need for an improved tongue cleaning scraper design and its construction.

3. Summary of the Invention

The present invention is a tongue cleaning scraper device that provides the user a device that is safe and comfortable to use. A plurality of broadened sharp rubberized cleaning ridge and an overall flattened configuration reduce, if not altogether eliminate the gag reflex when the present invention is drawn across the surface of the tongue.

The oval shape covers wider surface of the tongue, this ensures comfort while cleaning and covering optimum surface area with each stroke. Importantly, the unique configuration of the present invention maximizes the physical comfort and pleasure the user will experience when cleansing the tongue.

The tongue cleaning scraper head with multiple sharp rubber ridges cuts easily into the matter and ensures a thorough dislodging of the plaque and mucus. These rubber teeth (ridges) are very safe without damaging tongue's protective layer and removes maximum waste organic matter at just one stroke. The multiple ridges made of sharp elastic rubber ensure that the surface of the tongue is not damaged and prevent bacteria from penetrating the tongue tissue.

The entire tongue cleaning scraper device is formed of a plastic material and elastic rubber cleaning sharp ridges preferably food grade plastic. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to the present invention comprises a cleaning head that is integral with an elongate handle. Preferably the handle has a first portion which is disposed for gripping by a user and a second portion integral with the first portion and connected to the cleaning head. The first portion is inclined with respect to the second portion by a suitable angle of inclination. The oval shaped cleaning head is relatively flat and broad, with a plurality of cleaning ridges projecting from the lower surface of the cleaning head thereof.

The construction and configuration of rubberized cleaning sharp ridge cuts in to unwanted matter on the tongue and in conjunction with other ridges forms a flat object on the tongue surface which doesn't damage the tongue and also ensures safe shaving of the unwanted matter. The proximal cavity portion of the ridge collects and stores the matter and ensures nasty tastes and smells don't travel through the surface of the tongue which happens with all other devices. Thus the tongue cleaning scraper device of the present invention cuts, collects and shaves surface of the tongue by leaving it maximum cleaned. The main advantage with the inventive device is that you don't have to press hard to remove the unwanted matter from the tongue.

Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention to provide a tongue cleaning scraper device that effectively removes unwanted matter, malodorous residues and unhealthy films from the surface of the tongue.

It is another object of the invention to provide a tongue cleaning scraper device that is easy and pleasant to use, which has a cavity space for containing matter scraped from the tongue of a user to prevent the matter from falling off and back to the mouth.

It is a further object of the invention to provide a device that is made from a plastic and elastic rubber material which is of a food grade quality.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a tongue cleaning scraper device having a cleaning head with a plurality of flexible sharp cleaning ridges that provide uniform pressure across the surface of the tongue during cleaning.

It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof in an apparatus for the purposes described which is dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.

These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.

4. Brief Description of the Drawings

FIG. 1 is a perspective front view (lower surface) of the tongue cleaning scraper device showing the cleaning ribs located on the lower surface of the cleaning head.

FIG. 2 is back view (upper surface) of the tongue cleaning scraper device.

FIG. 3 is side view of the tongue cleaner scraper device showing a cross section of the cleaning ridges and an elevational view of the handle, which illustrates the angle of inclination between the first and second portions of the handle.

FIG. 4 is representative view of cleaning head of the tongue cleaning scraper device, with the cleaning ridges.

FIG. 5 is side view of cleaning ridges of the tongue cleaning scraper device.

FIG. 6 is enlarged side view of cleaning ridges of the tongue cleaning scraper device, showing distal sharp edge and proximal cavity space for containing matter scraped from the tongue.

Similar reference characters denote corresponding features consistently throughout the attached drawings.

5. Detailed Description of the Invention

Referring to the figures by numerals of reference, and first to FIGS. 1-6, 10 denotes generally a tongue cleaning scraper device according to the present invention. The tongue cleaning scraper device generally comprises a cleaning head 11 that is integral with an elongate handle 12. Preferably the entire tongue cleaning scraper device 10 is formed of a plastic and rubber material that may be food grade, which is either molded or extruded to form the device. It should be apparent from the description below, however, that other polymeric materials may also be used to form the tongue cleaning device of the present invention.

The handle 12 may be linear, however, to facilitate ease of use for the tongue cleaning scraper device it is preferable for the handle to be bent. Thus, the handle 12 has a first portion 13 which is disposed for gripping by a user of the device and a second portion 14 integral with the first portion and connected to the cleaning head 11. The first portion is inclined with respect to the second portion by a suitable angle of inclination (shown in FIG. 3). The angle of inclination is adapted specifically to permit the use of the present invention without hitting or abrading the rear portion of the soft palate, which may induce serious discomfort for the user. The cleaning head 11 is shown with its longitudinal axis 18 oriented in a perpendicular relationship to the handle 12.

The cleaning head is relatively flat and broad with oval shape, having a flat upper surface and a lower surface (shown in FIG. 3), as well as a smooth, continuous rounded edge about its perimeter. The cleaning head on the lower surface has a plurality of elastic rubberized cleaning ridges 15 which are oriented in the direction of the longitudinal axis 18. As shown in the FIGS. 1-6, eighteen such ridges are present in parallel spaced relation on the lower surface of the cleaning head. Due to the shape of the cleaning head, the ridges 15 are not equal in length. Instead, the length of each ridge differs from the adjacent ridge; however, each ridge extends the length of the cleaning head without interfering with the continuous rounded edge.

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Each ridge 15 integral with the lower surface, projecting outwardly from lower surface has a cleaning surface 16 which is distal from the lower surface (FIG 6). This cleaning surface 16 which is sharp and flexible is made from elastic rubber material, which prevents the cleaning surface from irritating the tissues of the mouth or causing user discomfort when the tongue cleaning device is used. The sharp arched cleaning surface is sufficient to cut and remove debris from the surface of the tongue, however, it is even less likely to cause irritation or other damage to tissues of the mouth. This construction and configuration of rubberized cleaning sharp ridge 15, cuts in to unwanted matter on the tongue and in conjunction with other eighteen ridges forms a flat object on the tongue surface which doesn't damage the tongue and also ensures safe shaving of the unwanted matter. The main advantage with the inventive device is that you don't have to press hard to remove the unwanted matter from the tongue.

The proximal cavity portion 17, of the cleaning ridge stores and collects the matter and ensures that the nasty tastes and smells don't travel through the surface of the tongue which happens with many other devices. The corner space of proximal cavity portion 17 catches matter scraped from the tongue of a user and it has sufficient depth to contain the particular removed matter. Thus the tongue cleaning scraper device of the present invention cuts, collects and shaves surface of the tongue by leaving it maximum cleaned. Therefore, the scraped matter will not remain in the mouth and so not be swallowed by the user.

Because of the sharp flexible cleaning ridges, there is little, if any, risk of causing irritation or other damage to the tissues of the mouth. Instead, the cleaning surfaces stimulate the tissue of the tongue to cause a pleasant oral sensation. In addition, because the cleaning head is substantially flat and relatively broad, it is difficult and unlikely that insertion of the device into the mouth will cause the cleaning head to strike the back of the throat. Thus, the likelihood of discomfort (i.e., gagging or retching) is substantially reduced. Furthermore, any contact that occurs between the rounded edge of the cleaning head and tissues of the mouth (i.e., cheeks or gums) is also unlikely to result in significant trauma to the tissue.

It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the sole embodiment described above, and it is understood that numerous modifications or alterations may be made in and to the illustrated embodiments without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.

Claims (10)

  1. Claims We claim: 1. A tongue cleaning scraper device, comprising: an elongate handle; a flat broad cleaning head integrally formed with said handle, said cleaning head having rounded edges and a longitudinal axis oriented perpendicular to said handle, said cleaning head having symmetrical shape, and said cleaning head having a lower and upper surface; and a plurality of cleaning ridges projected perpendicularly from the said lower surface, said cleaning ridges being flexible, and said each cleaning ridge having a sharp cleaning edge distal from said lower surface.
  2. 2. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to claim 1, wherein said handle having first portion for user gripping and an inclined second portion integral with the said first portion which connects said handle to said cleaning head.
  3. 3. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to claim 1, wherein said handle and said cleaning head formed of a polymeric Plastic material.
  4. 4. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to claim 3, wherein said cleaning head is formed of Food Grade Plastic
  5. 5. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to claim 1, wherein said cleaning ridges formed of an elastomeric rubber material and said ridges laminated with said cleaning head.
  6. 6. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to claim 5, wherein said cleaning sharp ridges being flexible are substantially parallel to each other.
  7. 7. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to claim 5, wherein said cleaning sharp ridges are preferably food grade.
  8. 8. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to claim 1, wherein said cleaning head having at least 18 said cleaning ridges.
  9. 9. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to claim 5, wherein said cleaning sharp ridges contact the tongue to perform scraping action to cut, collect and clean unwanted matter on the tongue shave said tongue surface.
  10. 10. The tongue cleaning scraper device according to claim 5, wherein said cleaning ridge proximal portion constructed and arranged to contain scraped matter within the said cleaning ridge cavity space.
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US6083235A (en) * 1999-05-10 2000-07-04 Dental Concepts, Llc Breath system appliance with dorsal applicator and scraper
EP1034721A1 (en) * 1998-07-10 2000-09-13 Jonathan Weisberg Tongue scraping and cleaning device
US6132445A (en) * 1999-09-23 2000-10-17 Pavanelli; Gianni Device for the cleaning and hygiene of the oral cavity, in particular of the tongue
WO2001034042A1 (en) * 1999-11-11 2001-05-17 Bengt Freij An article for mouth care
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US2218072A (en) * 1939-02-25 1940-10-15 Garland D Runnels Tongue brush and scraper
US2476201A (en) * 1945-08-01 1949-07-12 Ligoure Alice Eugenia Sponge rubber insert for toothbrush heads
US2517912A (en) * 1947-03-10 1950-08-08 Steven F Nathan Tooth scrubber or cleaner
US2583750A (en) * 1947-10-09 1952-01-29 Garland D Runnels Tongue scraper
DE857128C (en) * 1951-06-07 1952-11-27 Otto Dipl-Ing Axtmann Zungenreinigungsgeraet in conjunction with toothbrush
WO1998008458A2 (en) * 1996-08-29 1998-03-05 Rimvydas Tveras Wiping element for an oral hygiene device, window wiper, or the like
EP1034721A1 (en) * 1998-07-10 2000-09-13 Jonathan Weisberg Tongue scraping and cleaning device
US6083235A (en) * 1999-05-10 2000-07-04 Dental Concepts, Llc Breath system appliance with dorsal applicator and scraper
US6132445A (en) * 1999-09-23 2000-10-17 Pavanelli; Gianni Device for the cleaning and hygiene of the oral cavity, in particular of the tongue
WO2001034042A1 (en) * 1999-11-11 2001-05-17 Bengt Freij An article for mouth care
WO2006074911A1 (en) * 2005-01-12 2006-07-20 Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare Gmbh & Co Kg Tongue cleaning device comprising tongue cleaning elements of different materials

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