Including Rotatably Mounted Thread Spool Patents (Class 132/325)
  • Patent number: 11284977
    Abstract: The present disclosure refers to an apparatus for flossing teeth having a handle with a fixed anchor point for holding one end of a length of dental floss that passes through an eyelet and is affixed to a breakaway anchor tab on a lever. Breaking the breakaway anchor tab releases one end of the floss so that it may be pulled through a space between teeth. An adjustment lever allows for the easy transition of the flossing loop from tight for the insertion process to slack to enable the flossing process. The guidelines for flossing require that the flossing loop should form the required “C” shape around the base of the tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Vincent Paul Jalbert
  • Patent number: 10226875
    Abstract: A cake cutting spool is provided for a user to dispense lengths of cutting thread therefrom and for cutting a cake in straight segments. The spool comprises a circular housing having a central spindle, an outer sidewall, and a securable door for retrieving and separating lengths of cutting thread. The cutting thread comprises a series of thread segments removably connected to one another and wound around the spindle, wherein each segment includes a first handled end and a second free end. The handled end includes a pull tab, which allows a user to grasp the thread segment and pull the free end thereof through the cake after a cutting procedure without lifting the thread through the cut line. This allows for straight line cutting and no sticking of the cake batter or icing to the tool after the cut is made, whereafter the utilized cutting thread is disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Cynthia Newman, Kathleen Doris
  • Patent number: 10039624
    Abstract: The present patent application relates to a dental floss device which includes a floss holder and a floss tensioner. The floss holder is used for holding a dental floss, and the floss tensioner is connected with the floss holder and is used for tensioning the dental floss held by the floss holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ID Infinity Limited
    Inventors: Wai Kwong Gordon Lam, Fung Ling Yuen
  • Patent number: 9962248
    Abstract: A flossing device includes a housing that can be gripped as a handle. The housing has a hollow interior with first pawl teeth. A spool is placed inside the hollow interior and includes second and third pawl teeth disposed on opposite ends. The second pawl teeth, when engaged with the first pawl teeth with assistance from a spring, allow the spool to rotate in a first direction relative to the housing. The flossing device also includes a tail cap that has fourth teeth that engage the third pawl teeth to urge the spool in the first direction. The flossing device also includes a fork for suspending a length of floss received from the spool and used for flossing. The length of floss is tightened by rotation of the spool in the first direction. The length of floss can be replaced by rotation of the spool in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Peng Lu
  • Patent number: 9517118
    Abstract: An orthodontic flosser comprising an elongated handle and a head coupled to the handle is disclosed. A projection extend for suspending floss is sized for insertion of floss between a wire affixed to a tooth and the tooth. A source spool of fresh floss is configured to feed fresh floss incrementally into suspension from the projection while a take-up bobbin is configured for taking up used floss and applying tension to the suspended floss. A button may be used for releasing the source spool to rotate, and for holding the source spool against rotation. The source spool and take-up bobbin may be disposed in separated chambers to reduce cross contamination. A retie flange in the take-up bobbin and a retie slot in a take-up chamber are configured for retiying broken floss around a spindle of the take-up bobbin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventors: N. Michelle Borg, John O. H. Niswonger
  • Patent number: 9301820
    Abstract: A floss dispensing toothpaste cap having a top portion connected to a bottom portion by a hinge region. An enclosure cavity encloses a removable floss spool. A floss cutter and a floss dispenser opening pass through a side of the bottom portion. A region of the top portion reversibly covers the floss dispensing opening and floss cutter. A floss-dispensing toothpaste cap includes a bottom portion having an enclosure with a connector to connect the cap onto a toothpaste tube. A nozzle is on the bottom portion opposing the connector. A floss cutter is on a side of the bottom portion. A removable floss spool is seated over the connector within the enclosure. A top portion is connected to the bottom portion by a hinge region, and has a tab that extends over a side of the bottom cap portion covering the floss cutter in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: John Karl Hintz
  • Patent number: 9044295
    Abstract: An interdental cleaning device is adapted for use with a dental floss roll and includes a main body and a floss holder. The main body defines a receiving space configured to receive the dental floss roll. The floss holder is pivotally connected to the main body and defines a guiding channel that is in spatial communication with the receiving space. The floss holder has a securing end, and an open end that is spaced apart from the securing end and that is formed with an opening to spatially communicate the guiding channel with external environment. A to-be-used segment of the dental floss roll is extendible through the opening of the open end via the guiding channel so as to be secured at the securing end of the floss holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Geefloss Corporation
    Inventor: Ming-Hsiang Chen
  • Publication number: 20150122281
    Abstract: A dental floss product includes a continuous length of dental floss and a plurality of equally spaced apart knots along the continuous length of dental floss, each of the knots sized for maneuvering through interdental spaces. A method for promoting proper dental care may include placing a first finger or finger nail from a first hand of an individual on a first knot of the dental floss, placing a second finger or finger nail from a second hand of the individual on a second knot of the dental floss, the second knot of the dental floss being a nearest neighbor to the first knot, wrapping the dental floss between the first knot and the second knot around a tooth, and rubbing the side of the tooth with the dental floss between the first knot and the second knot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Knotty Floss, LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth M. Martens
  • Patent number: 9016287
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dental flossing device in which dental floss is strung between a dispensing side handle, which dispenses dental floss, and goes into a receiving side handle, which receives used dental floss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Ash Nibbe
  • Patent number: 8967164
    Abstract: An orthodontic flosser comprising an elongated handle and an articulating head coupled to the handle at a pivot is disclosed. A mechanism holds the articulating head at a selected angle with respect to an axis of the handle. A first and second projection extend from the head for suspending floss, the first projection is sized to insert floss between a wire affixed to a tooth and the tooth. A supply of fresh floss and a take-up reel are configured to feed fresh floss incrementally into suspension between the first and second projections while taking-up used floss and applying a tension to the suspended floss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: N. Michelle Borg
  • Publication number: 20150047671
    Abstract: A combination toothbrush and dental floss holder which allows at least one, and preferably two toothbrushes to be retained above a possibly contaminated surface. In alternate configurations, the toothbrush(es) may be retained in a vertical or horizontal orientation. The holder may even be positioned along the crimped end of a tube of toothpaste for greater distancing from the surface. An alternate embodiment uses a lid of a dental floss container to retain at least one toothbrush above a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: John R. Kordecki
  • Publication number: 20150007844
    Abstract: A compact and reusable floss pick having a dispensing supply of dental floss. A floss arm and bridge is provided with two prongs for receiving a length of dental floss removably wrapped around the prongs such that a taut length of dental floss is provided therebetween. A cutting notch is provided for removing an old or used portion of dental floss from the supply. A removable cap is also provided for covering the floss arm when not in use and providing a handle when the device is being used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jeremy Angelo Devins
  • Publication number: 20140366903
    Abstract: A dental floss and brush apparatus includes a handle, an arcuate head member including a first arcuate arm and a second arcuate arm, a flossing assembly, and an interdental cleaning member including a flossing element and brush bristles. The flossing assembly includes an elongate channel to accommodate and allow traversal of the flossing element, and a spool member to wind and rotate the flossing element for the traversal of the flossing element through the elongate channel. The flossing element supported between two tubular members dislodges interdental substances in an oral cavity. The brush bristles create a diverging extension arm of a wide dimension towards the first arcuate arm to brush away the dislodged interdental substances from a buccal side of teeth, and another diverging extension arm of a narrow dimension towards the second arcuate arm to brush away the dislodged interdental substances from a lingual side of the teeth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: James Jiwen Chun, Andrew Youngho Chun, Angela Soyoung Chun, Jennifer Miseong Chun
  • Patent number: 8910643
    Abstract: An ultrasonic manipulator of dental floss is provided with an ultrasonic mechanism and a floss creep controller mechanism to enable periodic floss creep during use and a reverse of creep upon a tension designation. A process controller controls floss driving and an eccentric mechanism, and a user pause function allows a stop of floss motion and a locking of drive motors to allow floss to resist undue stress and to minimize damage to drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Ross E. Aronson
  • Publication number: 20140290691
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bottom portion comprising a spindle for receiving a quantity of floss. A first locking plate is operable for receiving a feed portion of the floss upon a horizontal surface. A plate extends from the first locking plate where a distal end of the plate engages the feed portion and a return portion of the feed portion returns back over the horizontal surface. An aperture enables an exiting portion of the return portion to exit the bottom portion. A top portion includes a spindle cap portion operable for engaging the spindle. A second locking plate is operable for engaging the first locking plate to substantially constrain the feed portion of the floss and the return portion. A stretching mechanism is joined to the second plate for applying a stretching force along a portion of the feed portion and a portion of the return portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Roman Kozak
  • Publication number: 20140261511
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dental flossing device in which dental floss is strung between a dispensing side handle, which dispenses dental floss, and goes into a receiving side handle, which receives used dental floss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ash Nibbe
  • Publication number: 20140261510
    Abstract: A kit for dental plaque removal comprises a longitudinally extending absorbent dental strip and a holder. The absorbent dental strip has a thickness “t” and a width “w.” T is sized to be receivable in edentulous areas and diastemas, and w is sized to clean the surface of a tooth without protruding past a gingival sulcus and damaging gingival tissue. The holder has a main shaft. A pair of laterally spaced prongs project from a first end of the main shaft. The prongs are configured to reversibly secure a length of the absorbent dental strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel B. Stiefel, David P. Rossiter, III, Shannon M. Santana, Marissa Brown, Alyssa Adoretti, Marianne Peura-Wolff
  • Patent number: 8813763
    Abstract: An interdental cleaner which can firmly hold a dental floss that has been pulled out of a floss dispenser to a desired length, so that the interdental cleaner can prevent the floss from being further pulled out and can prevent a slip of the floss when a user uses the floss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Sang Sook Lee
  • Patent number: 8800574
    Abstract: A dental cleaning kit having a container internally holding a plurality of pieces or roll of dental floss is provided. The floss has a combination of tiny soft and stiff bristles formed thereto. The soft bristles are coated with a dried toothpaste, available in a variety of intense flavors. The kit container has a tongue scraper removably attached to the container's external surface. The floss is colored to correspond to a desired flavor. The container is colored to match the color of the floss contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Linda A. Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 8789542
    Abstract: The present invention is comprised of an antibacterial dental floss device to provide the user with enhanced dental hygiene care. The present invention is further comprised of processors and modules to fray dental floss to provide more thorough cleaning with bristled floss coated with oral antibacterial compounds to increase prevention of dental and oral infections and disease. The present invention provides an ultraviolet light to further treat dental and oral bacterial presence. The present invention provides the user with a compact portable dental hygiene device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Julian Omidi
  • Publication number: 20140196743
    Abstract: An interdental cleaning device is adapted for use with a dental floss roll and includes a main body and a floss holder. The main body defines a receiving space configured to receive the dental floss roll. The floss holder is pivotally connected to the main body and defines a guiding channel that is in spatial communication with the receiving space. The floss holder has a securing end, and an open end that is spaced apart from the securing end and that is formed with an opening to spatially communicate the guiding channel with external environment. A to-be-used segment of the dental floss roll is extendible through the opening of the open end via the guiding channel so as to be secured at the securing end of the floss holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: GEEFLOSS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ming-Hsiang Chen
  • Publication number: 20140182618
    Abstract: The embodiments herein provide a dental floss holder for holding dental floss filament. The dental floss holder has a floss filament for removing the tiny food particles from a space between the teeth. A handle is provided for supporting two legs holding the floss filament in a spool container enclosed with a cap. Two levers are used to hold and release the floss filament from a dispenser. The grooves are provided at the junction of two legs for passing the floss filament. The consumed floss filament is cut with a metal blade. An elastic rubber is provided to prevent an entry of water from into the floss filament. The lever is rotated in anticlockwise direction to release the floss filament for replacing the consumed floss filament with new floss filament while the lever is rotated in clockwise direction to cut the consumed floss filament with the metal blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Javad Jafari Dehnavi
  • Publication number: 20140166042
    Abstract: A dental floss device includes an elongated clam shell body having top and bottom halves joined by a hinge at a bottom and having a closed position during operation and an open position to access a spool with floss therein; a pair of spaced apart prongs extending from one end of said elongated clam shell body, each prong receiving floss threaded therethrough; a ratchet coupled to the spool to prevent turning of the spool when engaged; and a button on one surface of the clam shell body that releases the ratchet and allows floss to be dispensed and engages the ratchet when the button is released to hold the floss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Mary Aragon
  • Patent number: 8671958
    Abstract: An orthodontic flosser comprising an elongated handle and a head coupled to the handle at a vertical angle is disclosed. A first and second projection extend from the head for suspending floss, the first projection is sized for insertion of floss between a wire affixed to a tooth and the tooth. A source spool of fresh floss is configured to feed fresh floss incrementally into suspension between the first and second projections while a take-up bobbin is configured for taking up used floss and applying tension to the suspended floss. A button may be used for releasing the source spool to rotate, and for holding the source spool against rotation. The source spool and take-up bobbin may be disposed in separated chambers to reduce cross contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: N. Michelle Borg, John O. H. Niswonger
  • Patent number: 8662092
    Abstract: A dental floss dispensing unit includes a housing, a supply spool, and a metering element. The supply spool is coupled to the housing and has a length of floss wound thereabout. The length of floss has a free end extending from the housing and a plurality of alternating and distinct first and second floss segments. The metering element engages the length of floss and provides resistance to removal of the length of floss from the housing. A magnitude of the resistance changes as each floss segment moves into engagement with the metering element, thereby providing a tactilely detectable indication to the user that one of the first or second segments is emerging from the housing. The dispensing unit is configured to allow the supply spool to be manually rotated without manipulation (e.g., disassembly) of the housing for rewinding floss onto the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sunstar Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell G. Kalbfeld, David L. Barcus, Chad Misner
  • Publication number: 20130316070
    Abstract: A dental floss dispenser having a wicking delivery system with a reservoir for storing a solution of oral care ingredients generally in fluid form. The reservoir includes an absorbent wicking porous pad that extends through at least a portion of the floss dispensing device to deliver the solution to the dental floss. When the floss is pulled through the porous pad holding the oral care ingredient(s), the porous pad activates (e.g., coats, impregnates, saturates) the floss, providing the consumer with new benefits such as enhanced deep cleaning, new flavors, better plaque dissolving capabilities, ease of floss use and maneuverability, whitening, and deposition of therapeutic actives into the gum pockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Madhusudan Patel, John J. Gatzemeyer, Eduardo J. Jimenez, Sharon Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8578949
    Abstract: A multi-texture dental floss includes distinct and alternating segments having varying textures, including smooth segments and textured segments. The smooth segments are more easily inserted into the spaces between teeth, while the textured segments more effectively remove plaque and other debris therefrom. Methods of making the multi-texture floss are also disclosed, including methods that allow the floss to be made as a continuous thread having a plurality of alternating segments, such that the floss can be wound onto a spool for storage and dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sunstar Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell G. Kalbfeld, David L. Barcus
  • Publication number: 20130213432
    Abstract: An interdental cleaner which can firmly hold a dental floss that has been pulled out of a floss dispenser to a desired length, so that the interdental cleaner can prevent the floss from being further pulled out and can prevent a slip of the floss when a user uses the floss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Sang Sook LEE
  • Patent number: 8505557
    Abstract: An embodiment of a dental flosser (10) includes a power driver (12) drivingly connectable to a flossing attachment (11). The flossing attachment includes a movably supported floss span (24) coming from a floss supply (26). A take-up spool (64) is positioned proximate to a floss-supporting tine (16) for winding used floss while fresh floss continually replaces the floss span. A cam (68) on the spool engages the tine to reciprocate the floss span for interdental cleaning. A brushing attachment (72) includes a resilient disk-shaped lingual brush (75) on a shaft (74). Opposite the lingual brush on the shaft is a resilient cup-shaped buccal brush (84). A spring (83) is positioned to urge the buccal brush to slide toward the lingual brush to engage and clean user teeth between the brushes. A brush lock (77) enables the brushes to be held apart for rinsing and air drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Charles Louis Urso
  • Publication number: 20130174866
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dental cleaning aid. The cleaning aid includes a webbed cleaning material and a dispenser for dispensing the cleaning material. The dispenser includes a cutter having a smooth blade for cutting a length of the cleaning material. Advantageously, the webbed material provides improved larger inter-proximal space cleaning when compared with smoother polymeric materials. The smooth blade desirably cleanly cuts the webbed material when compared with a serrated blade which would otherwise undesirably snag and stretch the webbed material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventors: Adrian Harold Sambrooke Slack, Maria Elizabeth Slack
  • Patent number: 8443817
    Abstract: A dental floss dispensing unit comprising a housing and a supply spool coupled to the housing and having a length of floss wound thereabout. The supply spool being adjustable between a locked position, where the supply spool is fixed with respect to the housing, and an unlocked position, where the supply spool is free to rotate with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Sunstar Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell G. Kalbfeld, David L. Barcus
  • Publication number: 20130104928
    Abstract: This present invention relates to a process for winding tape to prevent or reduce telescoping of the tape (e.g., dental tape) as it is wound onto a bobbin spool. Dispensers comprising such bobbins are also discussed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventor: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130074869
    Abstract: An interdental cleaner which can firmly hold a dental floss that has been pulled out of a floss dispenser to a desired length, so that the interdental cleaner can prevent the floss from being further pulled out and can prevent a slip of the floss when a user uses the floss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Sang Sook Lee
  • Patent number: 8387629
    Abstract: An orthodontic flosser comprising an elongated handle and an articulating head coupled to the handle at a pivot is disclosed. A mechanism holds the articulating head at a selected angle with respect to an axis of the handle. A first and second projection extend from the head for suspending floss, the first projection is sized to insert floss between a wire affixed to a tooth and the tooth. A supply of fresh floss and a take-up reel are configured to feed fresh floss incrementally into suspension between the first and second projections while taking-up used floss and applying a tension to the suspended floss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: N. Michelle Borg
  • Patent number: 8381743
    Abstract: The combined toothpaste container cap and dental floss dispenser of the present disclosure and related inventions includes a cap structure configured to fit with a toothpaste dispenser in the form of a tube, a floss container and an access panel. The floss container is configured to fit within the cap body and has a floss containment cavity in which a supply of dental floss is stored. A floss lead opening is located on the floss container through which the dental floss is accessed. An access panel is attached to the floss container which covers the floss lead opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: Lisa Thomas, Robert L. Anderson, Bradley P. Griffin
  • Publication number: 20130025615
    Abstract: A dental floss comprising a first connecting element and a second connecting element wherein the connecting elements interact to form a connecting assembly and thereby form a loop of dental floss. This dental floss can be used for forming a dental floss loop by engaging the first connecting element and the second connecting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Karl HERZOG
  • Patent number: 8316865
    Abstract: This present invention relates to a process for winding tape to prevent or reduce telescoping of the tape (e.g., dental tape) as it is wound onto a bobbin spool. Dispensers comprising such bobbins are also discussed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Ochs, Curt Binner
  • Publication number: 20120266904
    Abstract: An ultrasonic manipulator of dental floss is provided with an ultrasonic mechanism and a floss creep controller mechanism to enable periodic floss creep during use and a reverse of creep upon a tension designation. A process controller controls floss driving and an eccentric mechanism, and a user pause function allows a stop of floss motion and a locking of drive motors to allow floss to resist undue stress and to minimize damage to drive mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: ROSS E. ARONSON
  • Patent number: 8272389
    Abstract: A compact mirror floss container configured to dispense floss includes: (i) a first clam shell member having a mirrored interior surface and (ii) a second clam shell member pivotally coupled to the first clam shell member. The second clam shell member includes a receiving mechanism. A floss cartridge is coupled about the receiving mechanism and configured to dispense floss. An attachment member is coupled to one of the first clam shell member and second clam shell member, configured to selectably couple to a receiving member. The container also includes a securing mechanism coupled to one of the first clam shell member and second clam shell member, configured to selectably couple the first clam shell member to the second clam shell member. The container also includes a cutting member configured to cut floss; and a decorative cover. The decorative cover is selectably coupleable to the clam shell members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Charity L. Bish
  • Patent number: 8256439
    Abstract: A dental floss dispenser may include a portable container body having an interior cavity with a non-linear reservoir formed inside the interior cavity and situated along an interior perimeter of the container body. A spool may be rotatably coupled to the container body and seated inside the interior cavity. A predetermined volume of fluid may be housed inside the reservoir. A predetermined quantity of floss may further be releasably wound about the spool. A leading end of the floss may be channeled through the reservoir and thereby soaked in the fluid prior to exiting the container body. The apparatus may include a lid pivotally coupled to the container body. A floss guide and a floss cutter may be located inside the container body and situated above the reservoir exterior of the interior cavity for directing the floss away from the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Kevin L. Stinson
  • Publication number: 20120216826
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus for dispensing a cord and comprises a housing having a cavity arranged to hold the cord. The housing also has a top cover and a bottom cover to enclose the cord. The dispenser further comprises a knob, handle or button on the dispenser, for example on the top cover or side for use in feeding the cord from the dispenser, an aperture that provides an outlet for the retraction cord to exit the housing, and a cutter near the aperture to cut the dispensed cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Porteous
  • Patent number: 8127779
    Abstract: The utility model of a dental floss holder concerns a device to handle dental floss to clean the spaces between the teeth consisting of two interconnected but easily separable holder portions: Portion 1—U shape supporter is provided with a U supporter (1) with two folding legs, connecting part (2) with longitudinal groove (6) and external thread (7), a hole (3) in the rear leg, a groove (4) that goes externally from the end of the front leg to the fixed end of U supporter (1) to hold the dental floss in position during cleaning operation. Portion 2—Hollow grip provided with a fixed side with a longitudinal inner blade (8) and the rotating side with a rotary end (9) and an internal thread (10). These two portions constitute a mechanism that limits the maximum floss tension adjusted by the rotary end (9). The device can operate with a piece of floss or from a floss supplier (12) connected to the rotary end (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Nelson Shinzato
  • Publication number: 20120042897
    Abstract: A flossing tool and dispenser. The flossing tool and dispenser can include a body having a handle end and an operative end, a cavity defined within the body and disposed substantially at the handle end, a first tong and a second tong disposed at the operative end, and defining a gap for tensioning a strand of dental floss therebetween, a recess disposed between the handle end and the operative end, an aperture extending between the cavity and the recess, and a cam disposed within the recess, and movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the cam is positioned such that, when the cam is in the first position, the cam impedes the movement of the strand of floss by causing the strand of floss to be pinched simultaneously at two locations along the length of the strand of floss, and, when the cam is in the second position, the cam does not impede the movement of the strand of floss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventor: Justin M. RAYBOULD
  • Publication number: 20110284023
    Abstract: An orthodontic flosser comprising an elongated handle and a head coupled to the handle at a vertical angle is disclosed. A first and second projection extend from the head for suspending floss, the first projection is sized for insertion of floss between a wire affixed to a tooth and the tooth. A source spool of fresh floss is configured to feed fresh floss incrementally into suspension between the first and second projections while a take-up bobbin is configured for taking up used floss and applying tension to the suspended floss. A button may be used for releasing the source spool to rotate, and for holding the source spool against rotation. The source spool and take-up bobbin may be disposed in separated chambers to reduce cross contamination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: N. Michelle Borg, John O.H. Niswonger
  • Publication number: 20110259360
    Abstract: A length of dental floss having spaced members, each member including one or more structural features that is/are configured to remove material trapped between teeth. One structural feature included on the floss is a loop, bound at the location of a first knot along a length of dental floss or tape that defines a yieldable snare for capturing food. Another structure that can be included in certain implementations is a brush, which also can be bound at the first knot, that is moveable independently of the loop and is shaped to remove debris from gumline or from between two teeth or from between two implants. Floss or tape so-constructed can be provided in a dispenser having a spindle that supports the floss, a housing that supports the spindle for rotation, an aperture shaped to permit unimpeded withdrawal of the floss and the structural features thereupon, and a cutting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Stuart Marvin
  • Patent number: 8042556
    Abstract: A dental hygiene apparatus for enabling a flossing of teeth. The apparatus can include a dispensing member and an accumulating member. The dispensing and accumulating members can each comprise a ring with an aperture for receiving a finger. Activating switches can selectively enable a dispensing of dental floss from the dispensing member and a retraction of dental floss relative to the accumulating member. A bobbin within the accumulating member can be rotated by a coil spring that can be rewound. The apertures in the rings can be varied. A floss retaining member can alternatively be retained by a ring, an opposed hook arrangement, or any other arrangement coupled to the dispensing member. Dental floss can be dispensed from a distal end of a post. The dental hygiene apparatus can further include as part of a unified system a finger shield arrangement, which can comprise first and second tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: M. William Bowsher
  • Publication number: 20110232676
    Abstract: A dental floss devise comprises two separate rods connected to a length of dental floss. The device may include tooth picking and gum massaging capabilities along with a flossing capability which capabilities may be utilized simultaneously. The device may be disposable. The device may also be multi-use, which provides for attachment of a piece of dental floss cut from a roll to separate rods. In some embodiments of the invention the rods may be equipped with comfortable handles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Efin Rubens, Karl Bikhman
  • Patent number: 8006709
    Abstract: The combined toothpaste container and dental floss cap may include a toothpaste container and a removable cap with a hollow chamber and an outlet orifice formed in fluid communication with the hollow chamber. A mechanism for contemporaneously dispensing dental floss and notifying a user when the dental floss is approaching depletion may be situated in the hollow chamber. The mechanism may also include a dental floss spool threaded about a rectilinear worm shaft such that the spool travels along the worm shaft toward a top surface of the cap during dental floss dispensing procedures. An actuating rod with a primary arm and guide arms may be interfitted within the worm shaft and mated with the spool respectively such that the user may selectively access one end of the actuating rod. The actuating rod may rotate during dental floss dispensing procedures and may be oppositely rotated to retract dental floss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Kamran Ebnayamin
  • Publication number: 20110203609
    Abstract: A dental floss holder. The dental floss holder includes a body having a spool case for holding a length of dental floss, a cover for the spool case, a neck extending from the spool case along a first axis, and first and second fingers extending outward from said neck at an arcuate angle. In an embodiment, the fingers may be parallel. A manually engageable clamp is provided with threaded fastener that engages a threaded nut having a compressing flange, so that the compressing flange works against a land provided on the outside of the cover. A pivot post is provided to prevent dental floss from becoming entangled with the threads of the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Hardy
  • Patent number: 7987861
    Abstract: A dental floss container is provided that may include a container that defines a fluid chamber. A hygienic fluid can be present and may be disposed in the fluid chamber of the container. A spool of dental floss is located in the fluid chamber and engages the hygienic fluid. The spool of dental floss may have a center axis that is oriented in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Ted K. Grosse