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US2464321A
US2464321A US56010344A US2464321A US 2464321 A US2464321 A US 2464321A US 56010344 A US56010344 A US 56010344A US 2464321 A US2464321 A US 2464321A
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    • A46B9/02Position or arrangement of bristles in relation to surface of the brush body, e.g. inclined, in rows, in groups
    • A46B9/026Position or arrangement of bristles in relation to surface of the brush body, e.g. inclined, in rows, in groups where the surface of the brush body or carrier is not in one plane, e.g. not flat
    • 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
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    • A46B2200/1066Toothbrush for cleaning the teeth or dentures
    • A46B2200/1073Denture toothbrush, i.e. used for dentures specifically

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March 15, 1949. v, KQNCZAL 2,464,321

DENTAL PLATE BRUSH Filed 001:. 24, 1944 My. 6% ig d;

HTTORN EY- Patented Mar. 15, 1949 UNITED STATES ATENT QFFICE DENTAL PLATE BRUSH Harry V. iionczal, Detroit, Mich.

Application October 24, 1944, Serial No. 560,103

2 Claims.

This invention relates to a brush for the cleaning of dental plates and has for its object to provide such a device capable of easy manipulation in a natural manner by the user, more particularly with regard to the brushing of the inner concave surfaces of dental plates which are more or less difficult to reach with brushes as, ordinarily constructed for that purpose, especially in view of the manner in which such brushes are usually required to be held.

The present invention contemplates a brush of a semi-circular character capable of being so held that the fingers of the operator will grasp in a natural manner a handle extending radially from the brush, while the thumb of the operator will be accommodated at or near the axis of the semi-circular brush to act as a pivot about which the said handle is moved to provide for the oscillation of the brush about such pivotal point and the cleaning of the inner surfaces of a dental plate thereby facilitated with firm and untiring control of the movements of the brush.

Still further, the said invention provides for hooked or looped means at the extremity of the handle for engaging the outer edge of the hand of the operator whereby leverage of the hand in oscillating the brush about the pivotal point is efiectively applied in both directions of rotation of the brush and with a minimum of effort on the part of the user, the said hook or loop further serving to prevent tilting of the brush about the longitudinal axis of the handle from its desired plane of operation.

Still further objects or advantages additional or subsidiary to the aforesaid objects, or resulting from the construction or operation of the invention as it may be carried into effect, will become apparent as the said invention is hereinafter further disclosed.

In carrying the said invention into effect, I may provide a handle with a semi-circular portion extending downwardly from one end thereof and equipped with radially disposed bristles forming a brush, said semi-circular portion having a depression in its face for the accommodation of the ball of the thumb of the user, and a looped or hooked portion at the opposite end of the handle to receive the outer edge of the hand of the user grasping the said handle. All of which is more particularly described and ascertained hereinafter, by way of example, having reference to the accompanying drawing, wherein:

Figure 1 is an elevation of a dental plate brush embodying the said invention;

Eigure 2 is a plan of under side of the same; an-

Figure 3 is a cross section taken on a, plane indicated by the line 3-3 in Figure 1.

Similar characters of reference indicate several parts in the several figures of thedrawing,

An elongated handle i0 is shown terminating; at one end in a downwardly projecting semi,- circular thumb piece H which I prefer to recess, as at [2, for the easy resting'of the ball of a users thumb therein. Accordingly the thumb of a user grasping the handle ll) of the device would rest in the proximity of the center of the said semi-circular thumb piece H.

At the other end of the said handle i0 an upwardly bent hooked portion 13 is shown which, it will be obvious, may receive and form a rest for the outer edge of the hand grasping the said handle, operate to prevent the turning of the handle in the hand, and also operate to facilitate movement of the handle by the hand about the pivotal point of the thumb resting on the said thumb piece H.

Attached in any suitable manner to the arcuate periphery of the said thumb piece H are bristles M forming a semi-circular brush, well adapted to the cleaning of the inner surfaces of a dental plate by the oscillation of such brush within the plate and about the focal point of the said bristles. While such arcuate brushes have long been utilized for similar cleaning purposes, the method of holding and operating them has been awkward and more or less inefficient, thus placing an unnatural strain on the muscles of the hand and fingers of the operator and also in many cases having a tendency to tilt the brush one way or the other from the desired plane of oscillation.

Such undesirable features are entirely avoided with a brush embodying the invention of applicant, wherein the engagement of the thumb of the user with the thumb piece at a point proximate to the focal point of the bristles permits the said brush to be readily operated about the ball of the thumb as a pivot by the hand grasping the handle it. Firm control of this operation is insured by the engagement of the outer edge of the hand in the loop 13 of the handle, resulting in effective leverage being applied in both directions of movement of the hand in oscillating the brush as desired; and, as this engagement of the loop 5 with the hand also prevents any tendency of a handle to twist within the hand, the grasp of the fingers on the handle need be quite light and therefore much less tiresome than would otherwise be the case.

It will be readily recognized that by suitably forming the surfaces of the thumb piece H as by providing thumb recesses 12 on both sides thereof the device will be equally applicable for use by both right-handed and left-handed persons with equal efliciency.

['5 illustrates bristles forming a substantially straight brush on the upper side of that end of the handle provided with the thumb piece II, the provision of this brush being for use in cleaning the outer portions of the plate and simply constitutes a refinement and is not an essential part of the present invention; and I6 indicates a pointed portion formed on the end of the looped portion l3 of the handle, which pointed portion may be used for the purpose of dislodging stubborn foreign material from the crevices between the teeth when this is considered necessary or desirable.

This invention may be developed within the scope of the following claims without departing from the essential features of the said invention, and it is desired that the specification and drawing be read as being merely illustrative of a practical embodiment of the said invention and not in a strictly limiting sense.

What I claim is:

1. In a device of the class described, an elongated handle to be grasped solely by the fingers of the user, a thumb rest at one end of said handle, a bent over portion at the other end of said handle to receive and embrace the outer edge of the hand of a user, and bristles extending radially from said thumb rest to form an arcuate brush, as and for the purposes specified.

2. In a device of the class described, an elongated handle to be grasped solely by the fingers of the user, a semi-circular thumb piece extending laterally from one end of said handle to provide a fulcrum point for the thumb, bristles extending from the periphery of said thumb piece to form an arcuate brush, the other end of said handle being bent in an opposite direction to said thumb piece to receive and embrace the outer edge of the hand of a user, as and for the purposes specified.

HARRY V. KONCZAL.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,476,579 Barnes Dec. 4, 1923 2,129,306 Mitton Aug. 6, 1938

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US2762074A (en) * 1950-12-16 1956-09-11 Peter Fries Jr Twin head toothbrush and custom covers
US3935611A (en) * 1973-03-13 1976-02-03 Lorenz Locher Brush for the care and cleaning of things and the body
US4757571A (en) * 1986-04-18 1988-07-19 Young Sidney F Finger and nail brush
US4840478A (en) * 1986-04-18 1989-06-20 Young Sidney F Method and article of manufacture for inserting contact lens
US4912801A (en) * 1988-12-22 1990-04-03 Hammill Buster C Can cleaning brush
US5442829A (en) * 1994-09-29 1995-08-22 Summers; Andre D. Personal hand and nail brush
US5465449A (en) * 1994-09-14 1995-11-14 Ranir/Dcp Corporation Denture brush
US5564148A (en) * 1995-09-11 1996-10-15 Pr+E,Acu E+Ee Vost; Solange Dental prosthesis cleaning instrument
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US6308364B1 (en) * 2000-03-27 2001-10-30 Pamela M. Arone Denture toothbrush
US6438783B1 (en) * 1999-07-12 2002-08-27 Steven Gary Reder Multi-purpose computer monitor accessory
US20030209210A1 (en) * 2002-05-07 2003-11-13 Robin Plante Animal brushes
US20040117930A1 (en) * 2002-12-19 2004-06-24 3M Innovative Properties Company Toothbrush
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US1476579A (en) * 1918-05-27 1923-12-04 Barnes Henry Toothbrush
US2129306A (en) * 1938-01-03 1938-09-06 Glenn T Mitton Denture brush

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US1476579A (en) * 1918-05-27 1923-12-04 Barnes Henry Toothbrush
US2129306A (en) * 1938-01-03 1938-09-06 Glenn T Mitton Denture brush

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US2569276A (en) * 1947-10-28 1951-09-25 Wilbur B Baptist Fountain hairbrush
US2762074A (en) * 1950-12-16 1956-09-11 Peter Fries Jr Twin head toothbrush and custom covers
US3935611A (en) * 1973-03-13 1976-02-03 Lorenz Locher Brush for the care and cleaning of things and the body
US4757571A (en) * 1986-04-18 1988-07-19 Young Sidney F Finger and nail brush
US4840478A (en) * 1986-04-18 1989-06-20 Young Sidney F Method and article of manufacture for inserting contact lens
US4912801A (en) * 1988-12-22 1990-04-03 Hammill Buster C Can cleaning brush
US5465449A (en) * 1994-09-14 1995-11-14 Ranir/Dcp Corporation Denture brush
US5442829A (en) * 1994-09-29 1995-08-22 Summers; Andre D. Personal hand and nail brush
US5564148A (en) * 1995-09-11 1996-10-15 Pr+E,Acu E+Ee Vost; Solange Dental prosthesis cleaning instrument
EP0880917A3 (en) * 1997-05-28 2000-11-02 Stephan Fislage Brush for dentures and removable orthodontic devices
US5960745A (en) * 1998-10-01 1999-10-05 Boyland; Leslie J. Horse grooming device
US6438783B1 (en) * 1999-07-12 2002-08-27 Steven Gary Reder Multi-purpose computer monitor accessory
US6308364B1 (en) * 2000-03-27 2001-10-30 Pamela M. Arone Denture toothbrush
US20030209210A1 (en) * 2002-05-07 2003-11-13 Robin Plante Animal brushes
US6874446B2 (en) * 2002-05-07 2005-04-05 Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. Animal brushes
US20040117930A1 (en) * 2002-12-19 2004-06-24 3M Innovative Properties Company Toothbrush
US6779219B1 (en) * 2003-03-12 2004-08-24 Edward B. Young Sliding window cleaning tool
US20070056128A1 (en) * 2005-09-09 2007-03-15 Hohlbein Douglas J Toothbrush
US7480955B2 (en) * 2005-09-09 2009-01-27 Colgate-Palmolive Company Toothbrush
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