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US20060048790A1
US20060048790A1 US10933640 US93364004A US2006048790A1 US 20060048790 A1 US20060048790 A1 US 20060048790A1 US 10933640 US10933640 US 10933640 US 93364004 A US93364004 A US 93364004A US 2006048790 A1 US2006048790 A1 US 2006048790A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • A46B15/0055Brushes combined with other articles normally separate from the brushing process, e.g. combs, razors, mirrors
    • A46B15/0061Brushes combined with other articles normally separate from the brushing process, e.g. combs, razors, mirrors with a container for accessories, e.g. pills, polish, condoms, cells
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B11/00Brushes with reservoir or other means for applying substances, e.g. paints, pastes, water
    • A46B11/001Brushes with reservoir or other means for applying substances, e.g. paints, pastes, water with integral reservoirs
    • A46B11/002Brushes with reservoir or other means for applying substances, e.g. paints, pastes, water with integral reservoirs pressurised at moment of use manually or by powered means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • A46B15/0055Brushes combined with other articles normally separate from the brushing process, e.g. combs, razors, mirrors
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • A46B15/0055Brushes combined with other articles normally separate from the brushing process, e.g. combs, razors, mirrors
    • A46B15/0069Brushes fitted with a interdental devices, e.g. toothpick
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61CDENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE
    • A61C15/00Devices for cleaning between the teeth
    • A61C15/02Toothpicks
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61CDENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE
    • A61C15/00Devices for cleaning between the teeth
    • A61C15/04Dental floss; Floss holders not used, see subgroups
    • A61C15/046Flossing tools
    • 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

A portable dental hygiene appliance is made up of two separable components. The first component consists of an enclosed compartment in which toothpaste, sealed within an airtight bag or in caplet form, is located. At one end of the compartment a dental element, such as a toothpick, floss support, rigid tooth cleaning element, is located for ease of use. At the other end of the component there is an accessway with an opening leading to the compartment. The second component includes a toothbrush at one end and a blade or similar piercing device at the other. During normal transport of the appliance, the two components can easily be carried adjacent each other. When the user needs to brush his or her teeth, the blade in the second component is inserted into the accessway of the first component in order to pierce or puncture the sealed bag or caplet containing the toothpaste. The compartment, which is resiliently flexible in nature, can then be squeezed, forcing the toothpaste through the accessway, out of the first component and onto the toothbrush of the second component. After use, the components are designed to be readily disposed of or reused.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    Individuals who travel away from home frequently find themselves without a toothbrush, toothpaste, or other necessary items of dental hygiene. Others may find the need to brush or floss their teeth during the workday or for social occasions, but may not have ready access to a toothbrush, floss, or other needed dental accessories. For these individuals and others in similar need, a readily transportable, easily disposable dental hygiene appliance would be of great value.
  • [0002]
    While there are a number of such devices disclosed in the prior art, see for example U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,530,129; 6,009,886; 6,347,860; 6,526,991, none of these items offer a dental appliance which is simple to use, easily and cleanly transportable, effective in operation, and readily disposal.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0003]
    It is thus an object of the present invention to provide a dental hygiene appliance which overcomes the disadvantages and limitations of the prior art.
  • [0004]
    It is an object of the present invention to provide a dental hygiene appliance which is easy to use and is readily transportable and which can be disposed of easily, quickly, and cleanly.
  • [0005]
    It is another object of the present invention to provide a dental hygiene appliance which is equipped with a toothbrush and fresh toothpaste for use while individuals are traveling or during work or for social occasions.
  • [0006]
    It is a further object of the present invention to provide a dental hygiene appliance which may be equipped with a variety of dental care elements, such as floss, toothpick, or a rigid tooth cleaning attachment.
  • [0007]
    It is still a further object of the present invention to provide a dental hygiene appliance which, while easy to use, readily transportable and easily disposable, ensures good dental hygiene.
  • [0008]
    These and other objects are accomplished by the present invention, a portable dental hygiene appliance which is made up of two separable components. The first component consists of an enclosed compartment in which toothpaste, sealed within an airtight bag or in caplet form, is located. At one end of the compartment a dental element, such as a toothpick, floss support, rigid tooth cleaning element, is located for ease of use. At the other end of the component there is an accessway with an opening leading to the compartment. The second component includes a toothbrush at one end and a blade or similar piercing device at the other. During normal transport of the appliance, the two components can easily be carried adjacent each other. When the user needs to brush his or her teeth, the blade in the second component is inserted into the accessway of the first component in order to pierce or puncture the sealed bag or caplet containing the toothpaste. The compartment, which is resiliently flexible in nature, can then be squeezed, forcing the toothpaste through the accessway, out of the first component and onto the toothbrush of the second component. After use, the components are designed to be readily disposed of or reused.
  • [0009]
    The novel features which are considered as being characteristic of the invention are set forth in particular in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, both as to its design, construction, and use, together with additional features and advantages thereof, are best understood upon a review of the following detailed description with reference to the accompanying drawings.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0010]
    FIG. 1 is an exploded, isometric view of the dental hygiene appliance of the present invention.
  • [0011]
    FIG. 2 is an exploded, isometric view of an alternate embodiment of the dental hygiene appliance of the present invention.
  • [0012]
    FIG. 3 is an isometric view of another embodiment of the dental hygiene appliance of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • [0013]
    The dental hygiene appliance of the present invention 1 comprises separate components 2 and 4. Component 2 includes enclosed compartment 6 made of flexible, squeezable plastic material, such as may be used as the tube packaging which encloses toothpaste. Attached at one end of compartment 6 is a dental tool such as toothpick 8. At the other end of compartment 6 is accessway 10, shown in FIG. 1 as being tunnular in configuration, with opening 12 at one end and the other end being opened to compartment 6. Located within compartment 6 is sealed bag 14 which encloses toothpaste 16. Toothpaste can also be located within sealed caplet 15, positioned within compartment 6, as shown in FIG. 2. Component 2 can also be equipped with dental floss element 18, as shown in FIG. 2, rigid tooth cleaning element 20, shown in FIG. 3, or any known dental tool of choice.
  • [0014]
    Component 4 is cylindrical in configuration with tube section 21 and resiliently formed wing members 22. Blade 23 is secured at one end of component 4 and toothbrush 24 is secured at the other. In storage mode, tube section 21 of component 4 is positioned within accessory 10 of component 2, such that wing members 22 are positioned within slots 25, located on either side of accessory 10. Alternatively, components 2 and 4 can be threadably connected at 32 and 34.
  • [0015]
    It can readily be seen that, in operation, component 4 is pushed such that wing members 22 move past slots 25 and into accessway 10, such that blade 23 pierces or punctures sealed bag 14 within compartment 6. The squeezable nature of compartment 6 allows the user to push compartment 6, which results in toothpaste 16 flowing through accessway 10 and opening 12, where the toothpaste can be placed on toothbrush 24 for use. Toothpick 8, floss element 18, and rigid tooth cleaner 20, also may be used in the teeth cleaning process.
  • [0016]
    It is contemplated that other cleaning elements may be located on component 4. For instance, sponge 26 or brush 28 can be positioned on component 4, in lieu of toothbrush 24.
  • [0017]
    Compartment 6 may be formed as an integrally closed unit as shown in FIG. 3, which may be disposed of after toothpaste 16 is dispensed. It also may be formed with cover 30, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, to allow refill/replacement of toothpaste bag 14 or caplet 15.
  • [0018]
    Appliance 1 can also be reused if toothpaste 16 in compartment 6 is not totally dispensed after initial or secondary use. Towards this end, component 4 is simply inserted into accessway 10 where it remains to close and seal the accessway, allowing the remaining toothpaste 16 enclosed in compartment 6 to be used once again.
  • [0019]
    Certain novel features and components of this invention are disclosed in detail in order to make the invention clear in at least one form thereof. However, it is to be clearly understood that the invention as disclosed is not necessarily limited to the exact form and details as disclosed, since it is apparent that various modifications and changes may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention.

Claims (32)

  1. 1. A dental hygiene appliance comprising:
    (a) a first unitary body comprising a closed compartment and enclosure means for storing a tooth care substance within the compartment;
    (b) a second, separable unitary body comprising a tooth care element at one end of the body and, at a second end of the body, piercing means to penetrate the enclosure means within the closed compartment; and
    (c) delivery means providing access from the compartment, whereby when the piercing means penetrates the enclosure means the tooth care substance has unrestricted travel from the compartment, through the delivery means, for use on the tooth care element.
  2. 2. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 1 wherein the first unitary body comprises a tooth care element extending from the compartment.
  3. 3. A dental hygiene appliance as in claim 1 wherein the tooth care substance is toothpaste.
  4. 4. A dental hygiene appliance as in claim 1 wherein the piercing means is a blade element.
  5. 5. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 1 wherein the delivery means is an accessway extending from the compartment.
  6. 6. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 1 wherein the tooth care element is a toothbrush.
  7. 7. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 6 wherein the first unitary body comprises a tooth care element extending from the compartment.
  8. 8. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 2 wherein the first unitary body tooth care element is a toothpick.
  9. 9. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 2 wherein the first unitary body tooth care element is a dental flosser.
  10. 10. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 2 wherein the first unitary body tooth care element is a rigid tooth cleaner.
  11. 11. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 7 wherein the first unitary body tooth care element is a toothpick.
  12. 12. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 7 wherein the first unitary body tooth care element is a dental flosser.
  13. 13. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 7 wherein the first unitary body tooth care element is a rigid tooth cleaner.
  14. 14. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 1 wherein the piercing means in the second unitary body is configured to enter the delivery means and the compartment in order to pierce the enclosure means.
  15. 15. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 1 wherein the enclosure means is a sealed bag.
  16. 16. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 1 wherein the enclosure means is a caplet member.
  17. 17. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 1 wherein the compartment is made of flexibly squeezable material.
  18. 18. A dental hygiene appliance comprising:
    (a) a first component comprising a compartment, an enclosure for the storage of a tooth care substance within the compartment, and a tooth care element extending from the compartment; and
    (b) a second component comprising a second tooth care element at one end and, at the other end, piercing means to enter the compartment and penetrate the enclosure, allowing unrestricted travel of the tooth care substance from the compartment, for use on the second tooth care element.
  19. 19. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 wherein the tooth care substance is toothpaste.
  20. 20. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 wherein the piercing means is a blade element.
  21. 21. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 further comprising an accessway extending from the compartment.
  22. 22. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 wherein the tooth care element of the second component is a toothbrush.
  23. 23. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 wherein the second tooth care element is a toothpick.
  24. 24. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 wherein the second tooth care element is a dental flosser.
  25. 25. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 wherein the second tooth care element is a rigid tooth cleaning element.
  26. 26. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 22 wherein the second tooth care element is a toothpick.
  27. 27. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 22 wherein the second tooth care element is a dental flosser.
  28. 28. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 22 wherein the second tooth care element is a rigid tooth cleaner.
  29. 29. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 21 wherein the piercing means in the second component is configured to enter the accessway in order to penetrate the enclosure.
  30. 30. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 wherein the enclosure is a sealed bag member.
  31. 31. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 wherein the enclosure is a caplet member.
  32. 32. The dental hygiene appliance as in claim 18 wherein the compartment is made of flexibly squeezable material.
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