US20080052847A1 - Interdental brush device and container - Google Patents

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US20080052847A1
US20080052847A1 US11802782 US80278207A US2008052847A1 US 20080052847 A1 US20080052847 A1 US 20080052847A1 US 11802782 US11802782 US 11802782 US 80278207 A US80278207 A US 80278207A US 2008052847 A1 US2008052847 A1 US 2008052847A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D44/00Other toilet or cosmetic equipment, e.g. for hairdressers' rooms
    • A45D44/18Receptacles for hair brushes or tooth brushes as travelling equipment
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B17/00Accessories for brushes
    • A46B17/04Protective covers for the bristles
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B5/00Brush bodies; Handles integral with brushware
    • A46B5/0004Additional brush head
    • A46B5/0016Brushes with heads on opposite sides or ends of a handle not intended for simultaneous use
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61CDENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE
    • A61C15/00Devices for cleaning between the teeth
    • 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
    • A46B2200/108Inter-dental toothbrush, i.e. for cleaning interdental spaces specifically

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Interdental brush device and container combination comprises a longitudinal container and an interdental brush device disposed within the container. The interdental brush device comprises a handle; a first interdental brush disposed at one end of the handle; an extension removably secured to the other end of the handle; a second interdental brush disposed at the other end of the handle; and a second cap removably enclosing the second brush. The extension is hollow with an open end for being removably secured to the one end as a first cap.

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    RELATED APPLICATION
  • This is a nonprovisional application claiming the priority benefit of Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/808,579, filed on May 26, 2006, incorporated herein by reference.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention is directed generally to an interdental brush device and container therefor.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • U.S. Pat. No. 6,439,885 discloses an interdental brush for removing tooth stain. It is compact, portable and sized like a pen so as to conveniently fit within one's purse or pocket. However, the device will typically get wet after use. Moisture can then leak into one's purse or pocket. Additionally, the device has small outside surface area which makes it unsuitable for printing labels, descriptive text, barcode, etc.
  • OBJECTS SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • It is an object of the present invention to provide a combination interdental brush device and container suitably sized for carrying in one's pocket or purse.
  • It is another object of the present invention to provide a combination interdental brush device and container to allow for a sealed and sanitary packaging.
  • It is still another object of the present invention to provide a combination interdental brush device and container that provides a visual tamper indicator.
  • In summary, the present invention provides an interdental brush device and container combination, comprising a longitudinal container and an interdental brush device disposed within the container. The interdental brush device comprises a handle; a first interdental brush disposed at one end of the handle; an extension removably secured to the other end of the handle; a second interdental brush disposed at the other end of the handle; and a second cap removably enclosing the second brush. The extension is hollow with an open end for being removably secured to the one end as a first cap.
  • The container provides a sealed interior to keep the interdental brush clean and tamper proof prior to purchase. The container also keeps any moisture that could be retained in the brush after use from leaking and staining one's purse or pocket. The interdental brush can be of any type, shape or form, as long as it fits within the container. The container is advantageously sized to provide an outside surface for printing or affixing thereto labels, descriptive text, barcode, etc.
  • These and other objects of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a container used in the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is an assembly view showing the container of FIG. 1 and an interdental brush disposed within the container.
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective assembly view of an interdental brush sealed shown in FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view along a longitudinal axis of FIG. 1.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • A longitudinal cylindrical container 2 used in the present invention is disclosed in FIG. 1. The cylindrical container contains a cap 4 and a base 6, as best shown in FIG. 2. The cap 4 fits around a recessed portion 7 around the opening of the base 8 to provide an overlapping tight fit. A tape 11 (shown in phantom lines) may be disposed in an overlapping manner over the juncture 9 between the cap and the base to completely seal the inside of the container. The tape 11 when torn will advantageously provide a visual indicator if the container has been tampered with.
  • The container 2 includes within an interdental brush device 8, such as the one disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,439,885, incorporated herein by reference. The device 8 is substantially cylindrical to conveniently fit within the container 2. The container 2 seals the interdental brush device 8 for a sanitary packaging. The interdental brush 8 includes a longitudinal handle 10, at the end of which is disposed an interdental brush 12. Each brush 12 is protected by a cap 14 removably secured to the respective end of the handle 10. Each cap includes an opening 16 to allow moisture to escape from the brush 12 after use.
  • The interdental brush device 8 is completely enclosed within the container 2 to protect the device 8 from contamination and prevent water or moisture that escapes through the opening 16 from staining a person's purse or pocket. The container 2 is suitably sized to fit within a person's pocket or purse. The container 2 advantageously provides sufficient surface area for imprinting labels, descriptive material, barcode, etc.
  • While this invention has been described as having preferred design, it is understood that it is capable of further modification, uses and/or adaptations following in general the principle of the invention and including such departures from the present disclosure as come within known or customary practice in the art to which the invention pertains, and as may be applied to the essential features set forth, and fall within the scope of the invention or the limits of the appended claims.

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  1. 1. An interdental brush device and container combination, comprising:
    a) a longitudinal container;
    b) an interdental brush device disposed within said container;
    c) said interdental brush device comprising:
    i) a handle;
    ii) a first interdental brush disposed at one end of said handle;
    iii) an extension removably secured to the other end of said handle;
    iv) a second interdental brush disposed at the other end of said handle;
    v) a second cap removably enclosing said second interdental brush; and
    vi) said extension is hollow with an open end for being removably secured to said one end as a first cap.
  2. 2. The combination as in claim 1, wherein:
    a) said container includes a base; and
    b) a cap removably secured to said base.
  3. 3. The combination as in claim 2, wherein:
    a) said base includes a recessed portion; and
    b) said cap is configured to fit around said recessed portion.
  4. 4. The combination as in claim 1, wherein said container is cylindrical.
  5. 5. The combination as in claim 2, wherein:
    a) said container includes a juncture between said cap and said base; and
    b) a tape is disposed around said juncture to provide a tamper indicator.
  6. 6. The combination as in claim 1, wherein said interdental brush device is substantially cylindrical.
  7. 7. The combination as in claim 2, wherein said interdental brush device is longer than said base.
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US2370005A (en) * 1943-08-26 1945-02-20 Cecil F Brown Holder for toothbrush and dentifrice
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US5082702A (en) * 1990-08-20 1992-01-21 Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Company Tamper-indicating tape
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US1364557A (en) * 1920-02-25 1921-01-04 Roy F Hurley Sterilizing holder for toothbrushes
US2370005A (en) * 1943-08-26 1945-02-20 Cecil F Brown Holder for toothbrush and dentifrice
US2980119A (en) * 1958-04-25 1961-04-18 Lever Brothers Ltd Toothbrush vial
US5082702A (en) * 1990-08-20 1992-01-21 Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Company Tamper-indicating tape
US5076428A (en) * 1991-04-11 1991-12-31 John Shaw Toothbrush travel case
US5692603A (en) * 1995-03-24 1997-12-02 Stotesbury; Dean L. Toothbrush case
US5882201A (en) * 1997-01-21 1999-03-16 Salem; George Dental debridement method and tool therefor
US5865195A (en) * 1997-07-03 1999-02-02 Carter; Theresa Oral hygiene system
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