Having Specified Shape Patents (Class 132/329)
  • Patent number: 10888404
    Abstract: The invention presented is a wedge-shaped flossing device the body of which includes a tapered top edge extending between the first end and the second end and a bottom edge extending perpendicularly from said first end to said second end. A cleaning point is formed by the second end and a lead point extends below the bottom edge. The bottom edge of the device may incorporate a guide groove. The device can be disposable and may be coated with appropriate dental coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Paul A. LaFave
  • Patent number: 10786337
    Abstract: Provided is an interdental cleaning tool which has a simple configuration and can effectively prevent an occurrence of breakage of a core base portion when inserting the interdental cleaning tool into an interdental space or during interdental cleaning without reducing productivity of the interdental cleaning tool, and provided is a method for manufacturing the interdental cleaning tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SUNSTAR SUISSE S.A.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kato, Makiko Yamane, Shinya Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10779919
    Abstract: Provided is an interdental cleaning tool which has a simple configuration and can effectively prevent an occurrence of breakage of a core base portion when inserting the interdental cleaning tool into an interdental space or during interdental cleaning without reducing the productivity of the interdental cleaning tool, and provided is a method for manufacturing the interdental cleaning tool. A plurality of cleaning portion recesses (14) which penetrate a cleaning soft portion (21) and form recesses (14a) in a core base portion (12) are formed on each of a first side portion and a second side portion of a cleaning portion (2) at an interval in an axial direction of a cleaning soft portion (21), and at least one of the plurality of cleaning portion recesses (14) is formed so that an opening of the core base portion recess formed in the core base portion has a shape elongated in the axial direction of the cleaning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SUNSTAR SUISSE S.A.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kato, Makiko Yamane, Shinya Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10779918
    Abstract: Provided is an interdental cleaning tool which has a simple configuration and can effectively prevent an occurrence of breakage of a core base portion when inserting the interdental cleaning tool into an interdental space or during interdental cleaning without reducing productivity of the interdental cleaning tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SUNSTAR SUISSE S.A.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kato, Makiko Yamane, Shinya Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10674808
    Abstract: An oral implement and a method of forming an oral care implement. The oral care implement may include a head having a front surface and a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from the front surface. In one embodiment, the plurality of tooth cleaning elements may include three different types of tooth cleaning elements, each type of tooth cleaning element being formed of a different material. In one embodiment each of the materials has a different hardness and thus the oral care implement includes three different types of tooth cleaning elements each having a different hardness. In another embodiment, the oral care implement may include bristles and a molded cleaning element that may function as an interdental cleaner. Such a molded cleaning element may include a body and tines extending therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Douglas Hohlbein, Kenneth Waguespack, Daniel Wainless
  • Patent number: 10507078
    Abstract: The tool for treatment of interdental surfaces includes a strip (10) having an abrasive field (12) on at least one of its longitudinal sides (11). The field is situated at a distance (A) from the apical edge (11a) of the longitudinal side, the longitudinal side being blank between the apical edge and the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTENSIV SA
    Inventor: Heiko Goldbecher
  • Patent number: 10123611
    Abstract: A container for storing a set of oral care tools in which multiple oral care tools are removably connected to connecting portion. The container includes a first portion that defines a first cavity configured to receive and capture the connecting portion therein and a second portion including first and second side walls defining a second cavity in which the oral care tools are stored. At least one of the first or second side walls can be pivoted to an open position to allow a consumer to access and separate an oral care tool from the connecting portion while the connecting portion is retained within the first cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ranir, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Friedt, Kevin Kollar
  • Patent number: 9993320
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a comb-shaped toothpick structure includes cutting a wooden block by a rotary cutter having a plurality of dies to form a plurality of toothpick shapes arranged in a row. Each toothpick shape includes a top edge formed by a cutter groove between two dies. Each toothpick shape further includes at least one stepped portion formed by at least one stepped cutting portion of one of the dies. The bottoms of the toothpick shapes are connected to each other. A bottom groove is located between two adjacent toothpick shapes and is formed by a blade of one of the dies. The toothpick shapes is further cut by partial cutting at an end of the toothpick shapes to form a front end of each toothpick shape. The toothpick shapes are cut from the wooden block to obtain a toothpick structure including a plurality of toothpicks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Ting-Ting Shih
  • Patent number: 9907390
    Abstract: The portable interdental toothbrush according to the present invention has a simple structure enabling mass production at a low cost, thereby allowing consumers to use at a low price, which promotes the dental and oral health for citizens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Sang Geun Lee
  • Patent number: 9642682
    Abstract: To provide a method for manufacturing an interdental cleaning tool that can prevent deformation of a core base at molding of a cleaning flexible part using an elastomer material, thereby effectively preventing occurrence of molding failure of the cleaning flexible part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: SUNSTAR SUISSE SA
    Inventor: Keisuke Kato
  • Patent number: 9282810
    Abstract: Oral care applicators, including a tip, which can be optimized based on the desired use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jayanth Rajaiah, Connie Marie Roetker
  • Publication number: 20150144152
    Abstract: An improved flossing device structure has a main body, and two ends of the main body respectively have an end portion. Each end portion has two correspondingly side edges, wherein at least one end portion is disposed with a row of teeth portion. The row of teeth portion is formed by recessing several concave cavities along the side edge of the end portion, wherein each concave cavity is recessed toward a top end direction of the end portion to allow the side edge of the end portion to form several hook portions reversely extended toward the top end direction of the end portion, and the top edge of the hook portion is leveled with the side edge to prevent gingiva from being slashed by the hook portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jung-Ching KO
  • Publication number: 20150114418
    Abstract: A toothpick assembly including a toothpick and a case within which the toothpick is detachably engaged. The toothpick includes a tapered tip which is generally triangular in cross-section having opposed sides connected by a generally flat end and an apex. A bristle array is provided on each side and the end and apex are free of bristles. The bristle array is configured as a sinuous or serpentine wave. Bristles in each array are smallest closest to an end of the tip and progressively increase in size as you move away therefrom. The toothpick is movable within the case's bore between a fully retracted, a partially extended and a fully extended position. A locking mechanism selectively locks the toothpick in any of these positions. When the toothpick is to be changed, the locking mechanism is disengaged and the toothpick is slid out of the bore and is replaced with another toothpick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: ZEE ZEE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zenovia Zmiyiwsky, Vera Zmiyiwsky, Robert G. Dickie
  • Publication number: 20150114428
    Abstract: To provide a method for manufacturing an interdental cleaning tool that can prevent deformation of a core base at molding of a cleaning flexible part using an elastomer material, thereby effectively preventing occurrence of molding failure of the cleaning flexible part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SUNSTAR SUISSE SA
    Inventor: Keisuke Kato
  • Patent number: 8973590
    Abstract: The present invention is a disguised holder or case that appears to be a lipstick application dispenser but has there within a dental scaler concealed in a faux lipstick tube. The device is designed to fool an observer into believing that the user is applying lipstick rather than picking at or removing food between teeth and therefore can be used by a person in public places.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Margo Brilliant, Jo Anne Brilliant
  • Patent number: 8960206
    Abstract: Provided is a flossing device comprising a dental floss in the shape of two round members and one straight member in a junction area between them, the device not only entering between the teeth, but cleaning the whole teeth-surface surrounding the inter proximal space. The floss of the device may be impregnated with cosmetic or medical agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Erez Benn Kazes
  • Publication number: 20150020843
    Abstract: Disclosed is a toothpick which enables a user to effectively remove foreign matters between teeth, to easily remove plaque or scale from a tooth, and to simply carry the toothpick, so that the user can more improve the health of teeth. The toothpick includes a body, a bending part provided at one end of the body and having a shape sharpened toward an end thereof such that at least a portion of the bending part is inserted between teeth, and an unevenness part provided at an opposite end of the body, having a flat shape, having at least a portion inserted between the teeth, and having a plurality of protrusions formed on a surface thereof to remove at least one of plaque and scale from a tooth. The bending part has a bent shape to remove foreign matters between the teeth inside an oral cavity through the bent shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: MIN SUNG PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young Se KIM
  • Patent number: 8887740
    Abstract: An inter dental device which is a tooth cleaner and gum massager which cleans the area between anterior and posterior teeth, comprising a handle and a stem and flanges and a tip which is grooved or twisted in a spiral pattern, and the flanges extending from a central stem are arranged in a spiral pattern which is continuous with the spiral pattern of the grooves of the tip. This device also may serve as a delivery device which holds and delivers substances to the area between teeth, and does not remove said substances as the device is withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Allan Coopersmith
  • Publication number: 20140335474
    Abstract: A floss device is disclosed which is designed to be used to floss between adjacent teeth in a person's mouth. The floss device includes a first portion joined to a second portion. The first portion has an arcuate configuration which terminates in a rounded tip. The second portion is linear and terminates in an enlarged distal end which is designed to be grasped between a person's thumb and index finger and facilitates manipulation of said floss device. The floss device also has a textured outer surface that can temporarily retain a solution or liquid medication and then transfer the solution or liquid medication onto the teeth and surrounding soft tissue in a person's mouth. A method of molding the floss device and a method of using the floss device are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Richard J. Shaw
  • Publication number: 20140318572
    Abstract: The Present Invention relates to an Improved Toothpick which comprises of a Handle that can be held by the fingers, and a Cone that can be used for flossing. Said Handle is composed of a Straight Rod, a Tilted Part which is connected to the Straight Rod on one end, and a Bending Part connected to the Tilted Part's other end. When said Straight Rod is in a horizontal state, the Tilted Part is tilted upward, forming a First Included Angle with the extension line of said Straight Rod that is an acute angle. When the Tilted Part is tilted downward, it forms a Second Included Angle with the extension line of said Straight Rod that is an obtuse angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jun Chen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8776807
    Abstract: A dental device including a toothpick or a length of dental floss or both of them retains cleaning parts in their containers sanitary and releasably by the user of the device. The device is formed into a closed figure which can be flat or three dimensional. The figure can be changed by the user of the dental device. The device can be placed around another object, for example, a user's wrist or utensils. The device can have decorative elements. The dental device is attractive to young users, safe, user friendly and sanitary to carry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Zinovy Royzen
  • Patent number: 8770210
    Abstract: A travel mouth-cleaning device contains a roll of floss, a plurality of teeth, a pick and a brush. The device may be used in a travel or non-travel capacity. The invention may be placed on a keychain that can be carried in the pants pocket or in a purse or other carrying container. The invention is small enough that it will not protrude the container while being transported. The invention can clean the tongue faster and easier than most conventional tongue scraper devices currently on the market, with a scraping action on the surface of the tongue from the plurality of teeth on the device. Moreover, all the necessary tools to clean the whole mouth are included within the device. Furthermore, the invention is easily transported so a person can clean their mouth after each meal while away from a place like their home bathroom or other facility. Moreover, to facilitate transportation the invention may be constructed of a material like a plastic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: John Eric Sexton
  • Publication number: 20140166043
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interproximal cleaning tool including a handle that is cut from a first plastic material, and a pick molded over a portion of the handle. The pick may be precision injection molded over an extension portion of the handle from a plastic material different from the first plastic material. A method for manufacturing an interproximal cleaning tool includes the steps of: (a) providing a sheet of plastic material; (b) cutting a handle for the interproximal cleaning tool from the sheet, the handle being cut such that the handle includes a grip portion and an extension portion extending from the grip portion, the handle defining a width, wherein the width of the extension portion is narrower than the width of the grip portion; and (c) molding a plastic pick over the extension portion to form the interproximal cleaning tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: RANIR, LLC
    Inventor: Bryan J. Dishon
  • Patent number: 8651116
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dental cleaning aid. The aid includes a threader (or leader) including a monofilament. A follower is provided for following the threader and the follower is at least in part wider than the monofilament. Preferably, the aid includes a loop or fold fastening arrangement by which the threader and follower are fastened together. In one embodiment, the arrangement includes a fold or loop of the follower engaged with a fold or loop of the threader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Adrian Harold Sambrooke Slack, Maria Elizabeth Slack
  • Patent number: 8631807
    Abstract: A flossing tool for persons wearing braces. A floss support head is attached at an acute angle with respect to a handle. The head includes two spaced-apart support elements where the first support element closest to the handle is thinner than the distance between the teeth and the arch-wire. A disposable plastic embodiment includes a floss strand affixed in an injection molding process to ends of the support elements; a tapered portion of the first support element which allows the device to pivot without interference from the arch-wire; and a broadened spatula tip for securing an end of the floss strand. The end of the first support element may be curved outwardly. Another embodiment includes a wire head with floss support loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: A Better Way of Life, Inc.
    Inventor: Laura J. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8631808
    Abstract: An apparatus for intrasulcular cleaning and dental maintenance includes a toothpick preferably made from a non-splintering wood. A first end of the toothpick includes a sloping (i.e., beveled) curvature that extends below a center longitudinal axis of the toothpick and terminates at a thin rounded tip. The rounded tip includes a radius designed for ease and comfort once inserted within a gingival sulcus between a tooth and a gum. The second end of the toothpick may include any desired shape. One or more grooves or geometric shapes are provided to help properly orient the toothpick and provide a tactile indication that the toothpick is properly oriented. The user traces around the tooth with the rounded tip to remove plaque and food debris. The toothpick may disposable or reusable and packaged together or individually wrapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Marvin Cary Weinstat
  • Patent number: 8622064
    Abstract: A combination toothpick and mint dispenser. On a bottom end of the dispenser is a toothpick. On a top end (opposite the bottom end) is a chamber which is used to hold solid mints or liquid refreshment (such as mouthwash). In an embodiment, a shaft connecting the chamber to the toothpick can be hollow, thereby allowing liquid refreshment to pass from the chamber through a bottom of the shaft and out of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Curry, Rich Dicker
  • Publication number: 20130269725
    Abstract: The invention presented is a wedge-shaped flossing device the body of which includes a tapered top edge extending between the first end and the second end and a bottom edge extending perpendicularly from said first end to said second end. A cleaning point is formed by the second end and a lead point extends below the bottom edge. The bottom edge of the device may incorporate a guide groove. The device can be disposable and may be coated with appropriate dental coatings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Paul A. LaFave
  • Publication number: 20130273502
    Abstract: A dental probe is disclosed which is designed to be used to probe around and between teeth and surrounding soft tissue in a person's mouth. The dental probe has an arcuately shaped first portion terminating in a blunt tip and a second portion secured to the first portion opposite the tip. The dental probe also has a textured outer surface. The dental probe is capable of transferring a solution or liquid medication onto the teeth and surrounding soft tissue in a person's mouth. A method of molding the dental probe and a method of using the dental probe are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Richard J. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8505558
    Abstract: A combination toothpick and mint dispenser. On a bottom end of the dispenser is a toothpick. On a top end (opposite the bottom end) is a chamber which is used to hold solid mints or liquid refreshment (such as mouthwash). In an embodiment, a shaft connecting the chamber to the toothpick can be hollow, thereby allowing liquid refreshment to pass from the chamber through a bottom of the shaft and out of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Scott Curry, Rich Dicker
  • Publication number: 20130160789
    Abstract: An inter dental device which is a tooth cleaner and gum massager which cleans the area between anterior and posterior teeth, comprising a handle and a stem and flanges and a tip which is grooved or twisted in a spiral pattern, and the flanges extending from a central stem are arranged in a spiral pattern which is continuous with the spiral pattern of the grooves of the tip. This device also may serve as a delivery device which holds and delivers substances to the area between teeth, and does not remove said substances as the device is withdrawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Allan COOPERSMITH
  • Patent number: 8439049
    Abstract: A dental floss is formed as a strand, including threads braided with each other in a multi-looped manner so that forming knobs connecting adjacent quasi-flat sections that, while being stretched in a straight line, are sequentially disposed and twisted relatively to each other, whose cross-sections can be approximated to a rectangle-like figure having a width and a height greater than the width. The heights of two adjacent quasi-flat sections are disposed at a predetermined angle to each other. Due to particular braiding, the quasi-flat cross-sections and the knob's cross-section encompass different numbers of thread pieces, forming a multi-planar surface with bulges, thereby providing for a unique adhesive property increasing the floss cleaning power, grabbing and removing plaque particles from the tooth surface more efficiently than the conventional ones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Zoya Lavrova
  • Patent number: 8424544
    Abstract: An oral hygiene device, which is embodied as a toothpick with floss, includes a toothpick body and a floss. The toothpick body has a closed end, an opening end, and a floss cavity formed between the closed end and the opening end, wherein the closed end of the toothpick body forms a tapering end. The floss, having a first end and an opposed second end, is received in the floss cavity of the toothpick body in a hidden manner. The toothpick body is used as a conventional toothpick to effectively remove detritus and plaques from the teeth and is easy to carry. The floss is normally protected within the toothpick body in a hidden manner to keep the floss in a hygiene purpose and is adapted for being pulled out of the floss cavity for flossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Abdulrahman Alas
  • Publication number: 20130081649
    Abstract: A dental device including a toothpick or a length of dental floss or both of them retains cleaning parts in their containers sanitary and releasably by the user of the device. The device is formed into a closed figure which can be flat or three dimensional. The figure can be changed by the user of the dental device. The device can be placed around another object, for example, a user's wrist or utensils. The device can have decorative elements. The dental device is attractive to young users, safe, user friendly and sanitary to carry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Royzen
  • Patent number: 8375961
    Abstract: A floss pick including a body with a handle and a head. The head has first and second arms defining a cavity between them, and a length of dental floss extending between the arms and across the cavity. Preferably, the handle is oval in shape for easier grasping by the user. The body includes a toothpick member that preferably is disposed on the head and extends outwardly from one of the first and second arms into the cavity. The floss extends between the other of the first and second arms and the toothpick member and during use guides the toothpick member into interproximal spaces between teeth. Alternatively, a toothpick member may be provided in a recessed region of the handle and extend forwardly toward the head. The latter toothpick member is able to be detached from the handle for separate use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventors: Walter Prokopchuk, Robert G. Dickie
  • Publication number: 20130037046
    Abstract: A toothpick made of a flexible flat material, which is non-toxic, not brittle, and will not splinter, which takes the form of a substantially rectangular, elongate strip of said material which is pointed at each end, the points forming the tips of the toothpick. Said ends may be triangular, trapezoidal or hook-shaped. Furthermore, at the centre, the toothpick has a non-slip surface so that the user can get a better grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Paola Viridiana Loera Pulido
  • Patent number: 8245717
    Abstract: The invention relates to medicine, in particular to dentistry. The inventive dental stick comprises a holder (1) provided with oppositely deflected massaging (2) and cleaning (3) elements tapered towards the ends thereof. Said holder is bent so that a fold is formed in the middle section thereof with two symmetrical segments (4) and (5) oppositely shifted with respect to a symmetry axis (6). Said symmetrical segments of the holder (1) have round cross sections (7) reducing away from the middle of the holder towards the massaging elements (2). Said massaging (2) and cleaning (3) elements are formed by two flat faces (8) and (9) which are perpendicular to the holder axis plane. The massaging elements are deflected to the sides which are opposite to the shift of the holder symmetrical segments with respect to the symmetry axis (6). The cleaning elements are provided with roundish-shaped extensions oppositely oriented with respect to the holder axis plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Viktor Ivanovich Izmaylov
  • Publication number: 20120145181
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dental cleaning aid. The aid includes a threader (or leader) including a monofilament. A follower is provided for following the threader and the follower is at least in part wider than the monofilament. Preferably, the aid includes a loop or fold fastening arrangement by which the threader and follower are fastened together. In one embodiment, the arrangement includes a fold or loop of the follower engaged with a fold or loop of the threader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Adrian Harold Sambrooke Slack, Maria Elizabeth Slack
  • Patent number: 8177553
    Abstract: An elongated flexible dental strip includes front and rear surfaces defining a thickness therebetween. The strip also includes first and second edges defining a lateral width therebetween. A first portion of the strip further is spaced from a second portion along the length of the strip, wherein the thickness of the first portion is different from the thickness of the second portion. The strip has a constant thickness across a lateral width defined between the first and second edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Walter Stoll
  • Publication number: 20120080050
    Abstract: Provided is a flossing device comprising a dental floss in the shape of two round members and one straight member in a junction area between them, the device not only entering between the teeth, but cleaning the whole teeth-surface surrounding the inter proximal space. The floss of the device may be impregnated with cosmetic or medical agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Erez Benn Kazes
  • Patent number: 8132579
    Abstract: A dental hygiene device for cleaning, flossing, brushing, massaging the space between the teeth, crowns, and under the gumline includes a combination of a first portion of flexible filament floss to convey flexibility and strength to the filament and a second portion having a thicker and oblong shape where in some preferred embodiments bristles depart from the center of said filament floss. The second portion gradually slopes from the thickness of floss up to its maximum radius approximately located in the center, then gradually down-sloping from the maximum radius in the center down to the radius of floss where the second portion is designed to provide a brushing, cleaning, gum massaging means coupled with the floss. When used said first portion allows insertion in the interdental space especially in more difficult places such as between molars or crown and it can be used as regular dental floss to massage the gums and clean said spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Abraham Wien
  • Patent number: 8118041
    Abstract: The Plastic Tooth Cleaner is a hand-held plastic device that allows a person to remove food particles from spaces between their teeth more conveniently than existing flossing techniques. It is a three inch long device, with a helical shaped body and a straight, uniformly tapered segment at each end. The device is easily held and maneuvered. The device is more pliable than a common toothpick, inexpensively produced, disposable, and is designed for use by the general public.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventors: Sophie Elizabeth Pastore, Michael Patrick Pastore
  • Publication number: 20120031424
    Abstract: The present invention includes monofilament dental tapes for removing plaque and/or food debris from interdental spaces of a mammal, which dental tapes have a core body with an aspect ratio of greater than about 5:1 and a first cleaning surface and a second cleaning surface opposite the first cleaning surface, where at least one of the first and second cleaning surfaces includes a plurality of ribs disposed along the length thereof, and where the ratio of the width of the dental tape to the thickness of the dental tape is from about 4:1 to about 25:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Harold D. Ochs, Josef V. Knutzen, Richard J. Fougere, Alexander Lobovsky
  • Patent number: 8069865
    Abstract: A multi-strand disposable dental flosser with an improved floss strand pair arrangement. The dental flosser is an integral unit having an elongate gripping handle with a toothpick at one end, and a flosser head with two spaced apart arms at the opposite end. The floss strand pair is tautly stretched across the span between the arms and anchored securely near the tips thereof. The floss strand arrangement includes an X-configured floss strand pair, and can have at least one additional X-configured floss strand pair or at least one added single floss strand disposed slightly above the lower floss strand pair. The X-configured floss strand pair has two individual strands that are spaced apart at the ends thereof and cross together at the mid-lengths thereof. The flosser can have a tongue-cleaning edge and a tongue-cleaning surface area to enhance overall oral hygiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Lynn A. Winter
  • Patent number: 8061372
    Abstract: An orthodontic flossing implement for facilitating positioning and manipulating of a portion of a length of dental floss into the interdental space between adjacent teeth and proximate to and beneath an orthodontic wire which defines an arch extending between adjacent orthodontic brackets on the teeth. An elongated handle dependently supports an elongated, slender shaft formed as a unit with, and extending from a proximal end of the handle. The shaft is dimensionally smaller in thickness than that of said handle and preferably oriented at an acute angle to the handle. A tip, formed as a unit with, and extending from a second end of the shaft, is oriented at an acute angle to the handle, the tip having an aperture formed therethrough sized to just receive a length of dental floss. The tip with the dental floss positioned through said aperture, is manipulable by said handle to pass beneath an arch of the orthodontic wire and to floss the interdental tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Margarita B. Allen
  • Patent number: 8061371
    Abstract: The present invention includes monofilament dental tapes for removing plaque and/or food debris from interdental spaces of a mammal, which dental tapes have a core body with an aspect ratio of greater than about 5:1 and a first cleaning surface and a second cleaning surface opposite the first cleaning surface, where at least one of the first and second cleaning surfaces includes a plurality of ribs disposed along the length thereof, and where the ratio of the width of the dental tape to the thickness of the dental tape is from about 4:1 to about 25:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold D. Ochs, Josef V. Knutzen, Richard J. Fougere, Alexander Lebovsky
  • Publication number: 20110277783
    Abstract: A dental floss is formed as a yarn, including multifilament strands braided with each other in a multi-looped manner so that forming knobs connecting adjacent quasi-flat sections that, while being stretched in a straight line, are sequentially disposed and twisted relatively to each other, whose cross-sections can be approximated to a rectangle-like figure having a width and a height greater than the width. The heights of two adjacent quasi-flat sections are disposed at a predetermined angle to each other. Due to particular braiding, the quasi-flat cross-sections and the knob's cross-section encompass different numbers of strand pieces, forming a multi-planar surface with bulges, thereby providing for a unique adhesive property increasing the floss cleaning power, grabbing and removing plaque particles from the tooth surface more efficiently than the conventional ones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Zoya Lavrova
  • Publication number: 20110265812
    Abstract: The Plastic Tooth Cleaner is a hand-held plastic device that allows a person to remove food particles from spaces between their teeth more conveniently than existing flossing techniques. It is a three inch long device, with a helical shaped body and a straight, uniformly tapered segment at each end. The device is easily held and maneuvered. The device is more pliable than a common toothpick, inexpensively produced, disposable, and is designed for use by the general public.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Sophie Elizabeth Pastore
  • Patent number: 8033287
    Abstract: A multiple, disposable, biodegradable dental implement system in which a plurality of disposable, flat dental implements are formed from a large planar blank. Each dental implement includes a flat toothbrush head and a flat gum massager head formed on opposite ends of a flat elongated shank. Adjacent implements are formed in the blank by perforation lines that allow the implements to be individually detached from the blank just prior to use. In the preferred embodiment, each toothbrush head includes a plurality of concave ridges formed while the gum massaging head is made of a plurality of convex curved ridges complimentary with the concave ridges on the adjacent toothbrush. The planar blank is made of disposable paper and embedded with dry toothpaste or mouthwash which is activated by the user's saliva when used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Martin Cullup