US20100037408A1 - Retractably Clean Toothbrush, with retractable, disposable bristles and audio/visual reminder system - Google Patents

Retractably Clean Toothbrush, with retractable, disposable bristles and audio/visual reminder system Download PDF

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US20100037408A1
US20100037408A1 US12193030 US19303008A US2010037408A1 US 20100037408 A1 US20100037408 A1 US 20100037408A1 US 12193030 US12193030 US 12193030 US 19303008 A US19303008 A US 19303008A US 2010037408 A1 US2010037408 A1 US 2010037408A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B7/00Bristle carriers arranged in the brush body
    • A46B7/04Bristle carriers arranged in the brush body interchangeably removable bristle carriers
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • A46B15/0002Arrangements for enhancing monitoring or controlling the brushing process
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • A46B15/0002Arrangements for enhancing monitoring or controlling the brushing process
    • A46B15/0004Arrangements for enhancing monitoring or controlling the brushing process with a controlling means
    • A46B15/001Arrangements for enhancing monitoring or controlling the brushing process with a controlling means with means indicating the remaining useful life of brush
    • 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
    • A46B7/00Bristle carriers arranged in the brush body
    • A46B7/02Bristle carriers arranged in the brush body in an expanding or articulating manner
    • A46B7/023Bristle carriers arranged in the brush body in an expanding or articulating manner where the bristle carrier retracts or collapses, i.e. for storage
    • 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

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This new toothbrush will have a detachable head of bristles and a storage area for new bristles, so that with just the push of a button, the old, dirty bristles drop off, and a new head of bristles slide out. It will also have a built in reminder that flashes red when it's time to replace it. An LED light (and/or a speaker with a voice recorded on a small computer chip for the more upscale consumer), along with a simple timer device, will remind people that it is time to replace the old bristles with a new set. The new bristle heads will be kept in a storage area in the handle, and additional heads can be in a separate container, much like the blades of a disposable razor. When the handle and container are empty, a refill of new bristles can be purchased at a price for everyday consumers as well as our more elite buyers. In order to shield the bristles that are in use against contamination from other sources when the toothbrush is not in use, the bristle head can be retracted back into the handle's storage area.

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    TECHNICAL FIELD AND APPLICABILITY OF THE INVENTION
  • This invention relates to the area of dental hygiene. The invention relates particularly to an improved design of toothbrush with retractable, disposable bristles and a method of notifying the user that it is time to replace the bristles.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • This invention idea for a toothbrush that has new bristles come out when you slide the old ones out and push the bottom button to make a new one release came to me during the flu season, but even more so when our daughter was washing out her toothbrush and dropped it in dirty water. She said she was bathing it to get the germs out so she could use it in the morning, but the water was too dirty, so the toothbrush had to be thrown away. This can become expensive when someone has a cold, the flu or some other illness that contaminates their toothbrush every time they use it.
  • And, for those people who may have had one too many the night before and may want to get a fresh toothbrush after they have brushed out all those germs the next day—instead of going out and buying another toothbrush, they can push the button on the bottom of the toothbrush; the old bristle head drops off in the trash, and a new set of bristles are available.
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • So, this new toothbrush will have a detachable head of bristles and a storage area for new bristles, so that with just the push of a button, the old, dirty bristles drop off, and a new head of bristles slide out.
  • It will also have a built in reminder that flashes red when it's time to replace it. An LED light (and/or a speaker with a voice recorded on a small computer chip), along with a simple timer device, will remind people that it is time to replace the old bristles with a new set.
  • The new bristle heads will be kept in a storage area in the handle, and additional heads can be in a separate container, much like the blades of a disposable razor. When the handle and container are empty, a refill of new bristles can be purchased, and the handle refilled.
  • In order to shield the bristles that are in use against contamination from other sources when the toothbrush is not in use, the bristle head can be retracted back into the handle's storage area.
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING
  • FIG. 1 is the overall view of the Retractably Clean Toothbrush.
  • FIG. 2 is the location of the release button which releases a new set of bristles and ejects the old bristles.
  • FIG. 3 is the location on the toothbrush from which the new bristles would be dispensed.
  • An un-numbered Figure below FIGS. 1-3 shows an alternate version with a clock/radio in a chrome handle.

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  1. 1. A method of replacing the bristles on a toothbrush quickly without needing to replace the entire toothbrush.
  2. 2. A method of protecting the bristles of a toothbrush against contamination when the toothbrush is not in use.
  3. 3. A method of reminding the owner of a toothbrush that the bristles on the toothbrush are old and need to be replaced by a visual signal.
  4. 4. A method of reminding the owner of a toothbrush that the bristles on the toothbrush are old and need to be replaced by an audio signal.
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US8881333B1 (en) 2013-09-20 2014-11-11 Alevtina Malakova Replaceable bristle toothbrush device
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US2774982A (en) * 1955-04-08 1956-12-25 Reed Jack Toothbrush and cover therefor
US5438726A (en) * 1994-05-09 1995-08-08 Leite; Francisca P. Tooth cleaning system with timer and signaling means
US6606755B1 (en) * 1999-05-24 2003-08-19 American Applied Technology Electronically timed toothbrush system
US20060059643A1 (en) * 2002-10-25 2006-03-23 Colgate-Palmolive Company Toothbrush with decorative protective cover
US20060037158A1 (en) * 2004-08-04 2006-02-23 Kevin Foley Toothbrush and method of brushing

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
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US8561249B1 (en) 2011-11-22 2013-10-22 Alevtina Malakova Multi-head toothbrush assembly
WO2014201211A1 (en) * 2013-06-13 2014-12-18 L'oreal Indicator system for replacement of a brush portion of a power skin brush
JP2016538892A (en) * 2013-06-13 2016-12-15 ロレアル Indicating system for the exchange of the brush part of the electric skin brush
EP3007585A4 (en) * 2013-06-13 2017-02-15 Oreal Indicator system for replacement of a brush portion of a power skin brush
EP3007856A4 (en) * 2013-06-13 2017-03-01 L'oréal Performance regulation for a skin care appliance
US8881333B1 (en) 2013-09-20 2014-11-11 Alevtina Malakova Replaceable bristle toothbrush device
US20150374115A1 (en) * 2014-06-26 2015-12-31 The Procter & Gamble Company Processes for manufacturing personal-care applicator

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