TW201521634A - Oral care implement and oral care system - Google Patents

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TW201521634A
TW201521634A TW103136942A TW103136942A TW201521634A TW 201521634 A TW201521634 A TW 201521634A TW 103136942 A TW103136942 A TW 103136942A TW 103136942 A TW103136942 A TW 103136942A TW 201521634 A TW201521634 A TW 201521634A
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Scott Beckerman
John Clifford Crawford
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Colgate Palmolive Co
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B5/00Brush bodies; Handles integral with brushware
    • A46B5/002Brush bodies; Handles integral with brushware having articulations, joints or flexible portions
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • A46B15/0097Self supporting, e.g. brushes that stand upright or in other particular ways
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B5/00Brush bodies; Handles integral with brushware
    • A46B5/02Brush bodies; Handles integral with brushware specially shaped for holding by the hand
    • A46B5/021Grips or handles specially adapted to conform to the hand
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B9/00Arrangements of the bristles in the brush body
    • A46B9/02Position or arrangement of bristles in relation to surface of the brush body, e.g. inclined, in rows, in groups
    • A46B9/04Arranged like in or for toothbrushes
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B2200/00Brushes characterized by their functions, uses or applications
    • A46B2200/10For human or animal care
    • A46B2200/1066Toothbrush for cleaning the teeth or dentures

Abstract

Disclosed is oral care implement, comprising: a handle connected to a head at an end and an affixion device at the other end via a hinge; the handle is rotatable relative to the affixion device, when the affixion device affixes the oral care implement to a horizontal surface, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the surface. Another disclosed oral care implement comprises an affixion device connected to the handle via a bi-stable hinge. Further disclosed is an oral care system, comprising: a first device comprising a handle connected to a head at an end; and a second device comprising an affixion device for affixing the second device to a horizontal surface, a connector detachably connectable to the first device, and a hinge connecting the affixion device to the connector. The head in any of the foregoing configurations comprises at least one oral care element.

Description

Oral health equipment and oral health care system

The present invention relates to an oral health care appliance and an oral health care system.

It is known to provide a dentifrice, such as a toothpaste, in a tube having an opening through which the dentifrice can be dispensed. In order to dispense a dentifrice from the tube, such as a toothpaste, onto the head of the oral care implement, the user must align the head of the oral care implement with the opening of the tube and maintain the oral care implement securely Squeeze the tube at the same time. For some users, such as children, people with disabilities, and others who are low-intensity, reconciling, or pushing the fingers, hands, or arms to challenge, it is difficult or impossible to implement these processes at the same time.

There is a need for an oral care implement that assists a user in dispensing tooth powder onto the head of the oral care implement. There is also a need for an oral care system that assists a user in dispensing tooth powder onto the head of the oral care implement.

An embodiment of the present invention provides a first oral health care device comprising: a handle; a head on an end of the handle, the head comprising at least one oral care element; and an additional device Attached to the handle via a hinge, wherein the attachment is for attaching the oral care implement to a horizontal surface; wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position, the position being When the attachment device attaches the oral care implement to a horizontal surface, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to the horizontal surface The hinge causes a longitudinal axis of the handle to stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface at a predetermined angle from the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position that causes the handle to be attached when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to the horizontal surface The longitudinal axis is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface and stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position that causes the handle to be attached when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to the horizontal surface The longitudinal axis is substantially parallel to the horizontal surface and stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, when the handle is tied to the position relative to the attachment, wherein the hinge causes the longitudinal axis of the handle to be substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface to stably support the head relative to the level a predetermined position of the surface, the handle being tied in a first position relative to the attachment, and when the handle is in the position relative to the attachment, wherein the hinge would allow the handle The longitudinal axis is substantially parallel to the horizontal surface and stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface, the handle being tied to a second position relative to the attachment, wherein the longitudinal position The hinge system is configured to allow the handle to rotate relative to the attachment device only at a predetermined limited angle. Further optionally, the predetermined limited angle is between 40 and 140 degrees. Still further selectively, the predetermined limited angle is between 80 and 100 degrees.

Optionally, the attachment device includes a suction cover defining a chamber and including a rim defining an opening of the chamber, and the hinge is configured such that the handle is relative to the suction cover Rotating to a position that, when the rim is attached to the horizontal surface by providing a lower pressure outside the chamber, the hinge stably supports the head relative to the horizontal surface On a predetermined location.

Optionally, the head has a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the at least one oral care element is placed on the first side of the head, and the hinge is configured such that The handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position that, when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to a horizontal surface, the hinge causes the second side of the head to stabilize against the horizontal surface The head is supported to be at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the handle is in position and another position relative to the attachment Rotate freely between sets.

Optionally, a first force required to rotate the handle from the position to the other position relative to the attachment means is required to rotate the handle from the other position relative to the attachment to the position The second force is even bigger.

Optionally, the hinge is a double stable hinge.

Optionally, the predetermined location is above the horizontal surface and away from the horizontal surface.

Another embodiment of the present invention provides a second oral health care device comprising: a handle; a head on an end of the handle, the head comprising at least one oral care element; and an additional device Attached to the handle via a pair of stabilizing hinges, wherein the attachment is for attaching the oral care implement to a horizontal surface.

Optionally, the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position that is stably supported when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to a horizontal surface The head is at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a first position, the first position being when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to the horizontal surface A longitudinal axis of the handle is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface to stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface, and the handle is rotatable relative to the additional device to a first position a second position, when the attachment device attaches the oral health care device to the horizontal surface, the hinge causes the longitudinal axis of the handle to be substantially parallel with the horizontal surface to stably support the head relative to The predetermined position of the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the head has a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the at least one oral care implement is placed on the first side of the head, and the hinge is configured Having the handle pivotable relative to the suction cover to a position that causes the second side of the head to face the horizontal surface when the additional device attaches the oral care implement to the horizontal surface The head is stably supported at a predetermined position with respect to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the predetermined location is above the horizontal surface and away from the horizontal surface.

Optionally, in any of the first and second oral care implements, the hinge The configuration is such that the handle and the attachment are relatively rotated at a predetermined limited angle between 40 and 140 degrees. Further optionally, the predetermined limited angle is between 80 and 100 degrees.

Optionally, in either of the first and second oral care implements, the handle is integral with all of the hinges. Alternatively, the hinge comprises separate components that are assembled together.

Optionally, in either of the first and second oral care implements, the handle has a longitudinal axis, the hinge is on a first longitudinal end of the handle, and the head is at the handle On the second longitudinal end point.

Optionally, in either of the first and second oral care implements, a first distance between the hinge and the attachment is less than a second distance between the hinge and the head 50%. Further optionally, the first distance is less than 25% of the second distance.

Optionally, in any of the first and second oral care implements, the oral care implement is a toothbrush.

Optionally, in any of the first and second oral care implements, the attachment comprises a suction cover. Further optionally, the suction cap defines a chamber and includes a rim defining an opening of the chamber, and the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the suction cover to a position, the position being When the rim is completely positioned on the horizontal surface, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface. Alternatively or additionally, the attachment means comprises an adhesive pad.

Another embodiment of the present invention provides an oral care system comprising: a first device comprising a handle and a head on an end of the handle, the head comprising at least one oral care element; And a second device comprising an additional device for attaching the second device to a horizontal surface, a connector detachably coupled to the first device, and a hinge connecting the additional device to the connector.

Optionally, the handle has a longitudinal axis, the connector is detachably coupled to a first longitudinal end of the handle, and the head is attached to a second longitudinal end of the handle.

Optionally, the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to At a horizontal surface, the hinge will stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the hinge is configured such that when the connector is connected to the first device The handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position that causes the longitudinal axis of the handle to be at a level when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to a horizontal surface The head is stably supported at a predetermined angle of the surface at a predetermined position with respect to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to In the horizontal surface, the hinge causes the longitudinal axis of the shank to be substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface to stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to The horizontal surface, the hinge, allows the longitudinal axis of the handle to be substantially parallel with the horizontal surface to stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the attachment device includes a suction cover defining a chamber and including a rim defining an opening of the chamber, and the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, The handle is rotatable relative to the suction cover to a position that is stabilized when the rim is attached to the horizontal surface via the providing lower pressure outside the chamber The head is supported to be at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the head has a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the at least one oral care implement is placed on the first side of the head, and the hinge is configured such that When the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position that causes the head to be attached when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to a horizontal surface The second side faces the horizontal surface to stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.

Optionally, the predetermined location is above the horizontal surface and away from the horizontal surface.

Optionally, when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is free to rotate between the position and the other position relative to the attachment.

Optionally, when the connector is connected to the first device, the handle is opposite to A first force required by the attachment to rotate from the position to the second position is greater than a second force required to rotate the handle from the second position to the position relative to the attachment.

Optionally, the hinge is a double stable hinge.

Optionally, when the connector is coupled to the first device, the hinge is configured to allow the handle to rotate relative to the attachment at a predetermined limited angle between 40 and 140 degrees. Further optionally, the predetermined limited angle is between 80 and 100 degrees.

Optionally, the first device is a toothbrush.

Further areas of applicability of the present invention will become apparent from the Detailed Description. It should be understood that the detailed description and specific examples are intended to illustrate

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The invention will be more fully understood from the following detailed description and drawings, wherein: FIG. 1 shows a side cross-sectional view of an oral health care device in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, with a handle attached to one of the handles Figure 1 shows a side cross-sectional view of the oral care implement of Figure 1, the handle being in a second position relative to the suction cover; Figure 3 showing one of the oral health care implement of Figure 2 Figure 4 shows a side cross-sectional view of an oral care implement in accordance with another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, with a handle attached to a first position relative to a suction cover thereof; Figure 5 shows Figure 4 A side cross-sectional view of the oral care implement, the handle being in a second position relative to the suction cap; and Figure 6 showing a perspective view of the oral care implement of Figure 5.

The following description of the preferred embodiments is merely illustrative in nature and is not intended to restrict

As used herein, the scope is intended to serve as a shorthand for describing each value within the range. Any value within this range can be selected as the end of the range. In addition, all of the references cited herein are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety. In the case where the definition of the present disclosure conflicts with the cited reference, the disclosure is mainly based on the disclosure.

In the following description, each of the exemplary embodiments of the oral health care implement of the present invention comprises a manually operated oral care implement, and more particularly, a manually operated toothbrush. However, in variations of these embodiments, the oral care implement includes instead an electric toothbrush, wherein one or more oral care implements provided to the appliance head are drivable to be movable relative to the handle of the implement . In still further embodiments, the oral care implements instead comprise other forms of oral care implements, such as soft tissue cleaners, tooth sharpeners, interdental brushes, tongue scrapers, or another appliance designed for oral care. It is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized, and structural and functional modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the invention.

1 through 3 illustrate an oral health care implement, in this case a toothbrush, generally designated by the reference numeral 1, in accordance with an illustrative embodiment of the present invention. The toothbrush 1 generally includes a head 180, a handle 150, a hinge 300, and an attachment 400, including a suction cover 400 for attaching the oral care implement 1 to a horizontal surface, each of which is described in more detail below.

The toothbrush 1 has a body portion 110 that includes a handle portion 120, a head portion 140, and a neck portion 130 that connects the handle portion 120 to the head portion 140. The head portion 140 is an end portion of the body portion 110 that is and has an oral care element 200 for cleaning or polishing the surface of the user's mouth, such as the surface of their teeth. In Figures 1 through 3, the oral care implement 200 is shown in simple squares for clarity. However, it is to be understood that the oral care element 200 actually comprises a plurality of individually recognizable oral care elements.

In this embodiment, the oral care element comprises a plurality of tooth cleaning elements, preferably a plurality of bendable nylon bristles arranged in the tuft. However, in a variation of this embodiment, the oral care element additionally or alternatively comprises at least one of any one or more of the following, and is not limited to: bristles, hard bristles, bendable bristles, filament bristles, fiber bristles, nylon Bristles, spiral bristles, rubber bristles, elastomeric protruding structures, elastomeric elements, flexible polymer protruding structures, co-extruded filaments, flag bristles, crimped bristles, antibacterial bristles and combinations thereof and/or structures comprising such materials or combinations .

The head 180 of the toothbrush 1 includes a head portion 140 of the body 110, an oral care element 200, and an elastic material 160, each of which is described in greater detail below. As discussed below, the handle 150 of the toothbrush 1 includes the handle and neck portions 120, 130 of the body 110 and the thumb and rear handles 125, 127. Variations in omitting the thumb and rear handles 125, 127 and/or providing additional handles in. The toothbrush 1 further has a neck 135 that is part of the handle 150 and that includes the neck portion 130 of the body 110.

The head portion 140 has a first proximal end 141 and a second distal end 142. The proximal and distal ends 141, 142 of the head portion 140 form respective proximal and distal ends 181, 182 of the head portion 180. The handle portion 120 has a first proximal end 121 and a second distal end 122. The neck portion 130 connects the distal end 120 of the handle portion 120 to the proximal end 141 of the head portion 140. The neck portion 130 has a cross-sectional area that is generally at least narrower than the distal end 122 of the handle portion 120, and in some embodiments, the neck portion 130 generally has a cross-sectional area that is generally greater than the entire handle portion 120. narrow. The neck portion 130 has a first proximal end 131 and a second distal end 132. The proximal end 121 of the handle portion 120 and the distal end 132 of the neck portion 130 form respective proximal and distal ends 151, 152 of the handle 150.

The handle 150 provides mechanical access to the user whereby he/she can easily grasp and operate the toothbrush 1, including providing height control to the user while maintaining comfort and ergonomics that can be formed from many different shapes and have various configurations Characteristics. In general, the toothbrush 1 extends from the proximal end 101 (which is also the proximal end 121 of the handle portion 120) to the distal end 102 (which is also the distal end 142 of the head portion 140). Likewise, in general, the handle 150 extends from its proximal end 151 to its distal end 152 along the longitudinal axis A-A. The proximal and distal ends 151, 152 of the handle 150 are also referred to herein collectively as first and second longitudinal ends 151, 152 of the handle 150. The head 180 is located at the second longitudinal end 152 of the handle 150 while the hinge 300 is attached to the first longitudinal end 151 of the handle 150, as described in more detail below.

Although the handle 150 is a non-linear configuration in the illustrated embodiment, in the illustrated embodiment, the longitudinal axis A-A of the handle 150 is linear. However, the invention is not so limited, in a particular embodiment, the toothbrush 1 has a simple linear handle 150 that is longitudinally aligned along a linear longitudinal axis A-A.

The head portion 140 is coupled to the handle portion 120 via the neck portion 130. In the present embodiment, the head portion 140, the neck portion 130 and the handle portion 120 are formed in a unitary structure using an injection molding process. The head portion 140, the handle portion 120 and the neck portion 130 together are a single unitary structure. That is, the body 110 is a unitary body. However, in other embodiments, the head portion 140 is formed with the neck portion 130 together with a separate component from the handle portion 120, the separate components being operatively known in the art. Any suitable technique is attached at a later stage in the manufacturing process, including but not limited to heat welding, sonic welding, tight Close-fitting assembly, connecting sleeve, adhesive, fasteners, and snap-fit connections. Regardless of the configuration of the head and neck portions 140, 130 and the handle portion 120 in a single one or more components (including joining techniques), it is not a limitation of the invention in all embodiments. Furthermore, other manufacturing techniques may be used in place of and/or in addition to injection molding to create handle portion 120 and/or head portion 140 (or components thereof) and/or neck portion 130, such as grinding and/or Or mechanized and / or laminated manufacturing.

In the present embodiment, the body 110 including each of the head portion 140, the neck portion 130, and the handle portion 120 is made of polypropylene (PP). However, in variations of this embodiment, the body 110 is instead or additionally composed of one or more of the following materials: polyethylene, polyamide, polyester, cellulose, styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), acrylic , acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and thermoplastics. Preferably, body 110 is a harder material than elastomeric material 160. An optional thumb handle 125 is provided on the front side of the handle portion 120, and an optional rear handle 127 is provided on the rear side of the handle portion 120 opposite the front side of the handle portion 120. The thumb and rear handles 125, 127 are not integral with the body 110 and are formed by any of the materials discussed below for the elastomeric material 160.

The head 180 generally includes a first side 183 and a second side 184 opposite the first side 183. The first side 183 and the second side 184 of the head 180 exhibit a wide variety of shapes and contours, none of which is a limitation of the present invention. For example, the first and second sides 183, 184 are planar, wavy, or a combination thereof. The first side 183 and the second side 184 are joined by the perimeter or lateral side 146 of the head portion 140, which is the perimeter or lateral side 185 of the head 180. The oral care element 200 is placed on and extends outwardly from the first side 183 of the head 180 for contact with the oral surface, preferably the teeth.

While the oral care element 200 is particularly suitable for cleaning teeth, oral care elements can be used to clean oral soft tissue, such as the tongue, gums or cheeks, rather than or in addition to teeth. As used herein, the term 〝 oral care element 〞 is used in a generic sense to mean any structure that can be used to clean, massage or polish an oral surface, such as a tooth or soft tissue, via contact with a relevant surface.

Indeed, in variations of the embodiment shown in Figures 1 to 3, there are no plurality of tooth cleaning elements 200, but rather a tooth cleaning element, at least one tooth polishing element, or at least one soft tissue cleaning element.

A soft tissue cleaner 170 is placed on the second side 184 of the head 180. In Figure 1 In the embodiment to 3, the soft tissue cleaner 170 comprises an elastic material 160. The elastomeric material 160 includes a liner 162 and a plurality of protruding formations 164 that are integral with the liner 162. The pad 162 is attached to the head portion 140 of the body 110 and has a surface. A plurality of protruding formations 164 extend from the surface of the liner 162 such that the distal end of the protruding formation 164 can be spaced from the surface of the liner 162. The elastomeric material 160 is an elastomeric material such as an elastomer, a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), or styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene (SEBS).

As described above, a hinge 300 is provided on the first longitudinal end point 151 of the handle 150. The hinge 300 includes first and second rotatable hinge assemblies 301, 302 and pins 303. The first and second hinge assemblies 301, 302 have respective apertures therethrough. The pin 303 is located in the aperture of the first and second hinge assemblies 301, 302, and one or both of the first and second hinge assemblies 301, 302 are rotatable relative to the pin 303. In the illustrated embodiment, the pin 303 is fixed relative to the second hinge assembly 302 and the first hinge assembly 301 is rotatable relative to the pin 303 and relative to the second hinge assembly 302.

The first hinge assembly 301 is integral with the body 110, i.e., integrally formed, however, the second hinge assembly 302 is separate from and integral with the first hinge assembly 301 and is assembled with the first hinge assembly 301. Thus, the handle 150 is attached to the first end 301a of the first hinge assembly 301 and the pin 303 is attached to the second end 301b of the first hinge assembly 301.

The suction cover 400 is coupled to the handle 150 via a hinge 300. Suction cover 400 is attached to first end 302a of second hinge assembly 302, and pin 303 is attached to second end 302b of second hinge assembly 302. The handle 150 and the suction cover 400 are separate components that are assembled with the hinge 300. It will be understood from Figures 1 to 3 that the first distance between the hinge 300 and the suction cover 400 is significantly less than 50% of the second distance between the hinge 300 and the head 180. Or, the first distance is less than 25% of the second distance. Or indeed, the first distance is less than 10% of the second distance.

The suction cover 400 is coupled to the handle 150 via a hinge 300 such that the handle 150, along with the head 180, is rotatable relative to the suction cover 400, which can be understood by comparison of Figures 1 and 3. In FIG. 1, the handle 150 is in a first position relative to the suction cover 400, whereas in Figures 2 and 3, the handle 150 is in a second position relative to the suction cover 400, the second position thereof A different location.

The suction cap 400 defines a chamber 402 and includes a rim 404 that defines an opening 403 of the chamber 402. When the rim 404 of the suction cap 400 is completely at a horizontal surface 5, the rim is horizontal and lies in a horizontal plane. For example, by providing a lower pressure than chamber 402 to the chamber 402 This is the case when the rim 404 is attached to the horizontal surface 5. The suction cover 400 is preferably made of a bendable material and is more preferably made of an elastic material such as an elastomer material, an elastomer, a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), or a polystyrene-polyethylene-polybutene- Polystyrene (SEBS). As understood by those of ordinary skill in the art, the suction cap 400 allows the toothbrush 1 to be attached to the horizontal surface 5, at least temporarily. The toothbrush 1 can be attached to the horizontal surface 5 by applying a force sufficient to deform the suction cap 400 to the toothbrush 1 in one of the directions toward the horizontal surface 5. The above deformation will expel air from the chamber 402 through the gap between the suction cover 400 and the surface 5. When the force is removed, there is a natural tendency for the suction cap 400 to return to its non-deformed state, which causes the suction cap 400 to move slightly relative to the horizontal surface 5, then seal the gap and slightly increase the volume of the chamber 402, To create a part of the vacuum in it. This partial vacuum creates a holding force that attaches the suction cap 400 to the remaining surface of the toothbrush 1 to the horizontal surface 5. When the user wants to detach the toothbrush 1 from the horizontal surface 5, they only need to apply a force sufficient to overcome the holding force to the toothbrush 1 in a direction away from the horizontal surface 5. This will cause at least a portion of the rim 404 to be raised from the horizontal surface 5, which removes some of the vacuum in the chamber 402 and thus removes the holding force so that the toothbrush 1 can be removed without further obstacles. The horizontal surface 5 is removed.

When the rim 404 is completely on the horizontal surface 5 and the handle 150 is in the first position relative to the suction cover 400, the longitudinal axis A-A of the handle 150 is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface 5 and the horizontal plane, as shown in FIG. On the other hand, when the rim 404 is completely on the horizontal surface 5 and the handle 150 is in the second position relative to the suction cover 400, the longitudinal axis AA of the handle 150 is substantially parallel to the horizontal surface 5 and the horizontal plane, and the head 180 The second side 184 faces the horizontal surface 5 as shown in Figures 2 and 3.

The hinge 300 is specifically configured such that when the rim 404 is completely on the horizontal surface 5 and the handle 150 is in the first position relative to the suction cover 400, the hinge 300 stably supports the head 180 at a position relative to the horizontal surface 5 The first predetermined position is above the horizontal surface 5 and away from, and away from the horizontal plane, the longitudinal axis AA of the handle 150 is at a first predetermined angle from the horizontal surface 5. The hinge 300 is also specifically configured such that when the rim 404 is completely on the horizontal surface 5 and the handle 150 is in the second position relative to the suction cover 400, the hinge 300 stably supports the head 180 relative to the horizontal surface At a second predetermined position of 5, which is above the horizontal surface 5 and away from the horizontal surface 5, and away from the horizontal plane, the longitudinal axis AA of the handle 150 is at a second predetermined angle from the horizontal surface 5. More specifically, when the hinge 150 is in the first position relative to the suction cover 400, the predetermined angle is approximately 90 degrees from the horizontal surface 5, and when the hinge 150 is in the second position relative to the suction cover 400 The predetermined angle is approximately zero degrees from the horizontal surface 5.

While an alternative configuration of the hinge 300 for providing stable support of the head 180, particularly the hinge 300, will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art, the stable support of the head 180 of the hinge 300, In particular, the hinge 300 can be achieved by the shape of the assembly of the hinge 300.

The configuration of the hinge 300 of the illustrated embodiment is such that when the handle 150 is in either of the first and second positions relative to the suction cover 400, the handle 150 is at another position relative to the suction cover 400. At this time, the handle 150 and the suction cover 400 are in a more stable relative state, and the entire toothbrush 1 is in a more stable state.

More specifically, the first hinge assembly 301 includes first and second stops 301c, 301d, and the second hinge assembly 302 includes first and second stops 302c, 302d. When the handle 150 is in the first position relative to the suction cover 400, the first stops 301c, 302c of the first and second hinge assemblies 301, 302 are in contact with each other to avoid the handle 150 moving away from the first position toward the second The direction of the position moves. Likewise, when the handle 150 is in the second position relative to the suction cover 400, the second stops 301d, 302d of the first and second hinge assemblies 301, 302 are in contact with each other to avoid the handle 150 from the second position toward Move away from the first position.

The first and second rotatable hinge assemblies 301, 302 are configured by their relative dimensions to allow the handle 150 and the suction cover 400 to be at a predetermined limited angle of only about 90 degrees, in the first and the first The relative rotation between the two positions. In a variation of the illustrated embodiment, the predetermined limited angle is between 40 and 140 degrees, or between 80 and 100 degrees, and the associated arrangement of the stops 301c, 301d, 302c, 302d can thus be adjusted.

In some embodiments, although not seen in the drawings, the pin 303 has a circular cross-sectional shape in the radial plane, while the shape of the aperture in the first hinge assembly 301 is not circular. In such an embodiment, the shape of the aperture in the first hinge assembly 301 is such that although the handle 150 is free to rotate between the first and second positions relative to the suction cover 400, and ignoring the effects of gravity, The first force required to rotate the handle 150 and the first hinge assembly 301 from the first position to the third position between the first and second positions relative to the pin 303, the second hinge assembly 302, and the suction cover 400, It is greater than the second force required to rotate the handle 150 and the first hinge assembly 301 from the third position to the first position relative to the pin 303, the second hinge assembly 302, and the suction cover 400. In some such embodiments, the shape of the aperture in the first hinge assembly 301 is such that the effect of gravity is ignored. The third force required to rotate the handle 150 and the first hinge assembly 301 from the second position to the third position relative to the pin 303, the second hinge assembly 302, and the suction cover 400 is proportional to the pin 303, The second hinge assembly 302 and the suction cover 400 are larger than the fourth force required to rotate the handle 150 and the first hinge assembly 301 from the third position to the second position.

Comparing the architecture of the illustrated embodiment to a (not shown) comparative oral care implement, wherein although the implement includes a handle having a suction coupled to a first longitudinal end of one of the handles via a hinge The cover, when the handle is attached to a specific position relative to the suction cover, the handle and the suction cover are not in a more stable relative state than when the handle is in another position relative to the suction cover, and the entire The appliance is not in a more stable state. In a comparative example, for example, the hinge does not consider a head configured to stably support the appliance on a second longitudinal end of the handle, at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface, such as above the horizontal surface And away from the horizontal surface, the rim of the suction cover is completely located thereon, when the longitudinal axis of the handle is at a certain angle from the horizontal surface, such as vertical. In this comparative example, when the appliance is tapped slightly in such a configuration, it will more easily cause the handle and thus the head to be removed from that configuration via the operating hinge, as compared to when This display embodiment of the present invention in the state shown in Fig. 1.

The oral care toothbrush 1 of the illustrated embodiment assists the user in dispensing the tooth powder onto the head 180 of the toothbrush 1. When the toothbrush 1 of the illustrated embodiment is in the state shown in Figure 1, the toothbrush 1 occupies a minimum space of the horizontal surface 5, which may be the surface of the bathroom table, and which is in a substantially stable position on the table. When the rim 404 is attached to the horizontal surface 5 by providing a lower pressure into the chamber 402 than outside the chamber 402, the toothbrush 1 is in a more stable position on the table. The suction cover 400 can be placed on the surface 5 at a position relative to a slot such that when the handle 150 is rotated relative to the suction cover 400 by operation of the hinge 300, the head 180 is attached to the slot and the toothbrush 1 remains in a position that is not in close proximity to the table and is in a substantially stable position. The user then focuses on aligning the opening of the powder tube with the head 180 and then dispensing the tooth powder from the tube onto the head 180 without the need to simultaneously stabilize the toothbrush. Any excess tooth powder can be allowed to fall into the tank, from which it can be easily removed. Once the desired amount of tooth powder has been dispensed, the toothbrush 1 can be easily pulled away from the surface 5 to counteract the holding force of the suction cover 400 and the remaining portion of the toothbrush 1 to the horizontal surface 5 for use in the oral cavity. Health care time.

4 through 6 show an oral care implement 2 in accordance with another exemplary embodiment of the present invention. The same reference numerals as used in FIGS. 1 to 3 and FIGS. 4 to 6 mean the same components.

The oral care implement 2 of the present embodiment is the same as the oral care implement 1 shown in Figs. 1 to 3, and is different from the hinge 300 of the oral care implement 1 except for the structure of the hinge 500. The oral care implement 2 can be changed according to the above-described possible changes of the oral care implement 1.

The oral care implement 1 of Figures 1 to 3, the oral care implement 2 of Figures 4 to 6 is a toothbrush, which generally comprises a head 180, a handle 150, a hinge 500 and an attachment 400, which comprises The suction cap 400 is attached to the horizontal surface of the oral health care device 2. 4 to 6, the head 180 of the oral care implement 2, the handle 150 and the suction cover 400 are the same as the head 180, the handle 150 and the suction cover 400 of the oral health care implement 1 of FIGS. 1 to 3, Moreover, these components of the oral health care appliance 2 will not be described in detail for the sake of brevity.

The hinge 500 of the oral health care toothbrush 2 of Figures 4 to 6 is a double stable hinge 500 compared to the hinge 300 of the oral health care implement 1 of Figures 1 to 3. A hinge 500 is provided at a first longitudinal end point 151 of the hinge 150. The hinges 500 are all integral with the body 110 of the appliance, i.e., integrally formed. The handle 150 is attached to the first end 501 of the hinge 500 and the suction cover 400 is attached to the second end 502 of the hinge 500. Thus, the suction cover 400 is coupled to the handle 150 via the hinge 500. Suction cover 400 is an assembly that is separate from the combination of body 110 and hinge 500. As can be appreciated from Figures 4 to 6, the first distance between the hinge 500 and the suction cover 400 is significantly less than 50% of the second distance between the hinge 500 and the head 180. Or, the first distance is less than 25% of the second distance. Or indeed, the first distance is less than 10% of the second distance.

The suction cap 400 is coupled to the handle 150 via a hinge 500 such that the handle 150, along with the head 180, is rotatable relative to the suction cap 400, which can be understood by comparing Figures 4 and 6. In FIG. 4, the handle 150 is in a first position relative to the suction cover 400, whereas in Figures 5 and 6, the handle 150 is in a second position relative to the suction cover 400, the second position and the first position different.

The hinge 500 is configured to allow relative rotation of the handle 150 and the suction cover 400 between the first and second positions at a predetermined limited angle of only about 90 degrees. In variations of the illustrated embodiment, the predetermined limited angle is between 40 and 140 degrees, or between 80 and 100 degrees.

When the rim 404 is completely on the horizontal surface 5 and the handle 150 is in the first position relative to the suction cover 400, the longitudinal axis A-A of the handle 150 is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface 5 and the horizontal plane, as shown in FIG. On the other hand, when the rim 404 is completely on the horizontal surface 5 and the handle 150 is in the second position relative to the suction cover 400, the longitudinal axis AA of the handle 150 is substantially parallel to the horizontal surface 5 and the horizontal plane, and the head 180 The second side 184 faces the horizontal surface 5 as shown in Figures 5 and 6.

The hinge 500 is specifically configured such that when the rim 404 is completely on the horizontal surface 5 and the handle 150 is in the first position relative to the suction cover 400, the hinge 500 stably supports the head 180 relative to the horizontal surface At a first predetermined position of 5, which is above the horizontal surface 5 and away from the horizontal surface 5, and away from the horizontal plane, the longitudinal axis AA of the handle 150 is at a first predetermined angle from the horizontal surface 5. The hinge 500 is also specifically configured such that when the rim 404 is completely on the horizontal surface 5 and the handle 150 is in the second position relative to the suction cover 400, the hinge 500 stably supports the head 180 relative to the horizontal surface. At a second predetermined position of 5, which is above the horizontal surface 5 and away from the horizontal surface 5, and away from the horizontal plane, the longitudinal axis AA of the handle 150 is at a second predetermined angle from the horizontal surface 5. More specifically, when the handle 150 is in the first position relative to the suction cover 400, the predetermined angle is approximately 90 degrees from the horizontal surface 5, and when the handle 150 is in the second position relative to the suction cover 400, predetermined The angle is approximately zero degrees from the horizontal surface 5.

This is achieved by the stable support of the head 180 of the hinge 500 via the bistable nature of the hinge 500. The configuration of the hinge 500 of the illustrated embodiment is such that when the handle 150 is in either the first and second positions relative to the suction cover 400, it will be more when the handle 150 is in another position relative to the suction cover 400. The handle 150 and the suction cover 400 are in a more stable relative state, and the entire toothbrush 1 is in a more stable state.

While the handle 150 is free to rotate between the first and second positions relative to the suction cover 400 and ignores the effects of gravity, the handle 150 is rotated from the first position to the first with respect to the suction cover 400. The first force required for the third position between the second positions is greater than the second force required to rotate the handle 150 from the third position to the first position relative to the suction cover 400. Similarly, under the influence of gravity, the third force required to rotate the handle 150 from the second position to the third position relative to the suction cover 400 is proportional to the handle 150 from the suction cover 400. The fourth force required to rotate the third position to the second position is greater.

Comparing the architecture of the illustrated embodiment to a (not shown) comparative oral care implement, wherein the implement includes a handle having a suction coupled to a first longitudinal end of one of the handles via a hinge a cover, when the handle is attached to a specific position relative to the suction cover, the handle and the suction cover are not in a more stable relative state than when the handle is in another position relative to the suction cover, and the entire device Not in a more stable state. In a comparative example, for example, the hinge is not considered to be configured to stably support a head of the implement on a second longitudinal end of the handle at a predetermined position relative to a horizontal surface, such as a horizontal surface. Above and away The horizontal surface, while the rim of the suction cap is completely positioned thereon, when the longitudinal axis of the handle is at a particular angle from the horizontal surface, such as perpendicular. In this comparative example, when the appliance is tapped slightly in such a configuration, it will more easily cause the handle and thus the head to be removed from that configuration via the operating hinge, as compared to The display embodiment of the present invention when in the state shown in FIG.

As with the oral health care implement 1 of Figs. 1 to 3, the oral health care implement 2 of Figs. 4 to 6 assists the user in dispensing the tooth powder onto the head 180 of the toothbrush 2. When the toothbrush 2 of the illustrated embodiment is in the state shown in Figure 4, the toothbrush 2 occupies a minimum space of the horizontal surface 5, which may be the surface of the bathroom table, and is in a substantially stable position on the table. When the rim 404 is attached to the horizontal surface 5 by providing a lower pressure outside the chamber 402 into the chamber 402, the toothbrush 2 is positioned in a more stable position on the table, as discussed above. The suction cover 400 can be placed on the surface 5 at a position relative to a slot such that when the handle 150 is rotated relative to the suction cover 400 by operation of the hinge 500, the head 180 is attached to the slot and the toothbrush 2 Still remain in a position that is not close to the physical stability of the table. The user then concentrates on aligning the opening of the powder tube with the head 180 and then dispensing the tooth powder from the tube onto the head 180 without simultaneously having to stabilize the toothbrush 2. Any excess tooth powder can be allowed to fall into the tank so it can be easily removed. Once the desired amount of tooth powder has been dispensed, the toothbrush 2 can be easily pulled away from the surface 5 to resist the holding force of the suction cover 400 and the remaining portion of the toothbrush 2 to the horizontal surface 5 for use in the oral cavity. Health care time.

In the above embodiments, the attachment comprises a suction cap, and in each of the variations of the embodiments, the attachment comprises an alternative means for attaching the oral care implement to a horizontal surface, preferably repeating For example, an adhesive pad, such as a pad with an adhesive applied thereto. A layer of removable material or film can cover the adhesive on the liner to protect the adhesive prior to use.

In each of the embodiments shown in FIGS. 1 through 3 and FIGS. 4 through 6, the suction cover 400 and the hinges 300, 500 are non-detachably coupled to the handle 150. In a variation of these embodiments, and in accordance with another aspect of the present invention, an oral care system including first and second devices is provided. The first device includes a handle and a head on one end of the handle, and is a manually operated oral health device, such as a manually operated toothbrush, or an electric oral health device, such as an electric toothbrush. . The second device includes an attachment, such as a suction cover, detachably coupled to a connector of the first device, and a hinge connecting the attachment to the connector.

The handle and head of the first device are attached to the two oral health care devices 1, 2 The handle 150 is identical to the head 180. Furthermore, the suction cap is identical to the suction cap 400 of the two oral health appliances 1, 2 shown. Furthermore, the hinges are identical to any of the hinges 300, 500 of the two oral health appliances 1, 2 shown, except that the hinge of the second device is not non-removably attached to the handle 150. The connector of the second device is detachably coupled to any portion of the handle 150, but preferably, the connector of the second device is detachably coupled to the first longitudinal end 151 of the handle 150.

In an embodiment of the oral care system, the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the suction cover to a position when the rim is fully positioned When a horizontal surface, such as when the rim of the suction cover is attached to the horizontal surface by providing a lower pressure outside the chamber than the chamber of the suction cover, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface. Position, for example above the horizontal surface and away from the horizontal surface. In some embodiments, the hinge is a double stable hinge, like the hinge 500 of the oral health care toothbrush 2 of Figures 4-6. In other embodiments, the hinge is in the form illustrated with reference to Figures 1 to 3, except that the first hinge assembly is integral with the connector, i.e., integrally formed, while the second hinge assembly is separate from the connector, and first The hinge assemblies are assembled together and connect the suction cover to the first hinge assembly.

In an embodiment of the oral care system, the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the suction cover to a position that is When the rim is completely at the horizontal surface, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface, such as above and away from the horizontal surface, and a longitudinal axis of the handle is at a distance from the A predetermined angle of the horizontal surface. For example, the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the suction cover to a position that is when the rim is fully positioned on the horizontal surface The head is stably supported at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface, such as above and away from the horizontal surface, the longitudinal axis of the handle being substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface. The hinge may alternatively or additionally be configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the suction cover to a second position in which the rim is completely When the horizontal surface is located, the hinge firmly supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface, such as above and away from the horizontal surface, the longitudinal axis of the handle being substantially parallel to the horizontal surface And the second side of the head is facing the horizontal surface. In some embodiments, the hinge is configured to allow relative rotation of the handle with the attachment at only a predetermined limited angle, such as at the first and second positions between. The predetermined limited angle is between 40 and 140 degrees, between 80 and 100 degrees or about 90 degrees.

In some embodiments of the oral care system, when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle 150 is free to rotate between the first position and the second position relative to the suction cover, such as in the previous section. The first and second positions discussed. In some such embodiments, when the effect of gravity is ignored and when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotated from the first position to the third position relative to the suction cover, between the first and second positions The first force required is greater than the second force required to rotate the handle from the third position to the first position relative to the suction cover. Similarly, when the influence of gravity is ignored and when the connector is connected to the first device, the third force required to rotate the handle from the second position to the third position relative to the suction cover is proportional to the suction cover The fourth force required to rotate the handle from the third position to the second position is greater.

The oral care system can be used to assist the user in dispensing the dentifrice onto the head of the first device in much the same manner as the oral care implement of Figures 1-6. The rim of the suction cap can still be attached to a horizontal surface, which can be the surface of a bathroom table, by providing a lower pressure outside the chamber to the chamber during the period in which the system is not used. Moreover, the connector of the second device can be connected to the first device during the period when the system is not in use, or the first and second devices can be disconnected. In either case, the connector is guaranteed to be connectable to the first device when the above system is required. The handle is then rotated relative to the suction cover by operation of the hinge, such as by placing the handle on the longitudinal axis of the shank parallel to the horizontal surface. The user then focuses on aligning the opening of the powder tube with the head and then dispensing the tooth powder from the tube onto the head without the need to simultaneously stabilize the first device. Once the desired amount of dentifrice has been dispensed, the first device and the second device can be disassembled for use in the oral care session by disassembling the connector from the first device.

Although in the above embodiments the attachment means comprises a suction cover, in each of the variations of the embodiments, the attachment means comprises an alternative means for attaching the second means to a horizontal surface, preferably Repeat, such as an adhesive pad, such as a pad with an adhesive applied thereto. A layer of removable material or film can cover the adhesive on the liner to protect the adhesive prior to use.

In variations of the various embodiments illustrated, the suction cover can take a different form than that illustrated, preferably as long as the suction cover defines a chamber and includes a rim defining an opening of the chamber.

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301‧‧‧First hinge assembly

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Claims (38)

  1. An oral health care device comprising: a handle; a head on an end of the handle, the head comprising at least one oral care element; and an attachment coupled to the handle via a hinge, wherein The attachment is for attaching the oral care implement to a horizontal surface; wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment is to treat the oral care When the appliance is attached to a horizontal surface, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.
  2. The oral health care device of claim 1, wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to the In the case of a horizontal surface, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface at a predetermined angle to the horizontal surface of the shank.
  3. The oral health care device of claim 1 or 2, wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment is to treat the oral care When the appliance is attached to the horizontal surface, the hinge will stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface such that the longitudinal axis of the handle is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface.
  4. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment When the oral care implement is attached to the horizontal surface, the hinge will stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface such that the longitudinal axis of the handle is substantially parallel to the horizontal surface.
  5. For example, the oral health care device of the fourth application patent scope is attached to the third patent application scope. In the case where the handle is positioned relative to the attachment means at the hinge such that the longitudinal axis of the handle is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface to stably support the head relative to the horizontal surface The position of the handle is in a first position relative to the attachment, and when the handle is positioned relative to the attachment, the hinge is positioned to allow the handle The longitudinal axis is substantially parallel to the horizontal surface to stably support the head at a position relative to the predetermined position of the horizontal surface, the handle being tied to a second relative to the attachment Positioned wherein the hinge is configured to allow the handle to rotate relative to the attachment device only at a predetermined limited angle, optionally wherein the predetermined limited angle is between 40 and 140 degrees, further selective Ground, wherein the predetermined limited angle is between 80 and 100 degrees.
  6. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the attachment comprises a suction cover defining a chamber and including a rim defining an opening of the chamber, and wherein the hinge Configuring to enable the handle to be rotated relative to the suction cover to a position that is attached to the horizontal surface by providing a lower pressure outside the chamber than the chamber is such that the rim is attached to the horizontal surface The hinge will stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.
  7. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein the head has a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein the at least one oral care element is placed The first side of the head, and wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to a horizontal surface The hinge will stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface such that the second side of the head faces the horizontal surface.
  8. The oral health care device according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein the handle is relatively The attachment is free to rotate between the position and the other position.
  9. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein a first force required to rotate the handle from the position to another position relative to the attachment is opposite to the handle A second force required to rotate from the other position to the position of the attachment is greater.
  10. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein the hinge is a pair of stable hinges.
  11. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 10, wherein the predetermined position is above the horizontal surface and away from the horizontal surface.
  12. An oral health care appliance comprising: a handle; a head on one end of the handle, the head comprising at least one oral care element; and an attachment coupled to the handle via a pair of stable hinges Wherein the attachment is for attaching the oral care implement to a horizontal surface.
  13. The oral health care device of claim 12, wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to a level At the surface, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.
  14. The oral health care device of claim 13, wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a first position, the first position being when the attachment is the oral care implement When attached to the horizontal surface, the hinge will stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface such that a longitudinal axis of the handle is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface, and the handle is made The part can be rotated to a second position with respect to the attachment Positioning, the second position is when the attachment device attaches the oral health care implement to the horizontal surface, the hinge stably supports the head such that the longitudinal axis of the handle is substantially parallel to the horizontal surface At a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.
  15. The oral health care device of any one of claims 12 to 14, wherein the head has a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein the at least one oral health device is placed The first side of the head, and wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is rotatable relative to a suction cover to a position that is attached to the level by the attachment device In the case of the surface, the hinge will stably support the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface with the second side of the head facing the horizontal surface.
  16. The oral health care device of any one of claims 13 to 15, wherein the predetermined position is above the horizontal surface and away from the horizontal surface.
  17. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 16, wherein the hinge is configured to allow the handle and the attachment to rotate relative to each other within a predetermined limited angle between 40 and 140 degrees. Optionally, wherein the predetermined limited angle is between 80 and 100 degrees.
  18. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 17, wherein the handle is integral with all of the hinges.
  19. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 17, wherein the hinge comprises separate components that are assembled together.
  20. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 19, wherein the handle has a longitudinal axis, the hinge is fastened to a first longitudinal end of the handle, and the head is tied On a second longitudinal end of the handle.
  21. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 20, wherein the hinge is A first distance between the attachments is less than 50% of a second distance between the hinge and the head, and wherein the first distance is less than 25% of the second distance.
  22. The oral health care device according to any one of claims 1 to 21, wherein the oral health care device is a toothbrush.
  23. The oral health care device of any one of claims 1 to 22, wherein the attachment comprises a suction cover.
  24. The oral care implement of claim 23, wherein the suction cover defines a chamber and includes a rim defining an opening of the chamber, and wherein the hinge is configured such that the handle is relative to the suction cover And rotating to a position which, when the rim is completely at the horizontal surface, supports the head stably at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.
  25. An oral care system comprising: a first device comprising a handle and a head on an end of the handle, the head comprising at least one oral care element; and a second device comprising Attaching the second device to a horizontal surface, an attachment detachably coupled to the first device, and a hinge connecting the attachment to the connector.
  26. The oral care system of claim 25, wherein the handle has a longitudinal axis, the connector is detachably coupled to a first longitudinal end of the handle, and the head is attached to the handle On a second longitudinal end point.
  27. The oral care system of claim 25 or 26, wherein the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the additional device to a position The position is that when the attachment device attaches the oral health care implement to a horizontal surface, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface on.
  28. The oral care system of claim 27, wherein the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position that is When the attachment device attaches the oral health care implement to the horizontal surface, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined angle from the horizontal surface of the handle at a predetermined angle relative to the A predetermined position of the horizontal surface.
  29. The oral care system of claim 28, wherein the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position that is When the attachment device attaches the oral care implement to the horizontal surface, the hinge will stably support the head relative to the horizontal surface such that the longitudinal axis of the handle is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal surface At a predetermined location.
  30. The oral care system of claim 28 or 29, wherein the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the additional device to a position The position is when the attachment device attaches the oral health care implement to the horizontal surface, the hinge is substantially parallel to the horizontal surface of the handle and the head is stably supported relative to the A predetermined position of the horizontal surface.
  31. The oral care system of any one of claims 25 to 30, wherein the attachment comprises a suction cover defining a chamber and including a rim defining an opening of the chamber, and wherein The hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the suction cover to a position that is provided through the chamber at a lower pressure than the chamber When the rim is attached to the horizontal surface indoors, the hinge stably supports the head at a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface.
  32. The oral care system of any one of claims 25 to 31, wherein the head has a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein the at least one oral health care device is placed On the first side of the head, and Wherein the hinge is configured such that when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is rotatable relative to the attachment to a position when the attachment attaches the oral care implement to the In the case of a horizontal surface, the hinge will stably support the head to a predetermined position relative to the horizontal surface with the second side of the head facing the horizontal surface.
  33. The oral care system of any one of claims 27 to 32, wherein the predetermined location is above the horizontal surface and away from the horizontal surface.
  34. The oral care system of any one of claims 27 to 33, wherein when the connector is coupled to the first device, the handle is between the position and the other position relative to the additional device Rotate freely.
  35. The oral care system of any one of claims 27 to 34, wherein the handle is rotated from the position to the second position relative to the attachment when the connector is coupled to the first device A first force force is required to be greater than a second force required to rotate the handle from the second position to the position relative to the attachment.
  36. The oral care system of any one of claims 25 to 35, wherein the hinge is a pair of stable hinges.
  37. The oral care system of any one of claims 25 to 36, wherein the hinge is configured to allow the handle and the attachment to be only 40 and 140 when the connector is coupled to the first device The plurality of degrees are relatively rotated at a predetermined limited angle, and wherein the predetermined limited angle is between 80 and 100 degrees.
  38. The oral care system of any one of claims 25 to 37, wherein the first device is a toothbrush.
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