Having Intra-oral Dispensing Means Patents (Class 433/80)
  • Patent number: 11202688
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of manufacturing a needle for root canal treatment devices having improved ductility. The method of the present disclosure includes a step of manufacturing a hollow needle body in a desired shape using an alloy or a single metal, a step of filling the hollow of the needle body with a packing member, a step of heat-treating the needle body at a predetermined temperature under an inert gas atmosphere after the needle body is placed in a vacuum chamber, and a step of cooling and hardening the needle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignees: B&L BIOTECH, INC.
    Inventor: In Whan Lee
  • Patent number: 11179231
    Abstract: An oral irrigator handle for receiving an oral hygiene agent is described. The handle may be connected to a countertop oral irrigator or may be a portion of a handheld oral irrigator. The handle includes a chamber for receiving the oral hygiene agent, where the chamber body positioned within the fluid path of the handle. Fluid flowing into the handle, flows into the chamber, allowing the fluid to intermix with the agent, and then flows from the chamber to a tip connected to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: WATER PIK, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt M. Taylor, Clifford J. Snyder
  • Patent number: 11154459
    Abstract: This document relates to devices and methods for delivering a fluid to the surfaces of the oropharynx and/or to the palatine tonsils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventor: Matthew Robert Kudek
  • Patent number: 11141179
    Abstract: An apparatus for patient-specific adjusting of ultrasound output pressure includes a controller (118) configured for adjusting, based on an estimate of thickness of a temporal bone (140) in a head of a medical treatment recipient, a pressure setting. It may also be based on treatment depth (134). Ultrasound at the adjusted pressure setting is applied. A user interface may be provided for user entry of the estimate, the user interface being further configured for user indication of the treatment depth. Both the entered estimate and the indicated treatment depth may be used in calculating ultrasound attenuation (148). The user indication can be interactive by virtue of designating, on a display, a location of a treatment target. The calculated attenuation may be a value, in decibels, that is in a range from 0.9×(2.70×0.1+16.60×T+0.87×(D?T?0.1)+3.02) to 1.1×(2.70×0.1+16.60×T+0.87×(D?T?0.1)+3.02), where T is the estimate in centimeters and D is the treatment depth in centimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Ralf Seip, Sonia Souza, Jeffry Earl Powers, William Tao Shi, Terrence James Sweeney, Sarah Rhoades Baxter
  • Patent number: 11135043
    Abstract: A device for providing a beneficial effect to an oral cavity of a mammal, the device providing: a liquid for contacting a plurality of surfaces of the oral cavity, wherein the liquid is effective for providing the beneficial effect to the oral cavity, and reciprocation of the liquid over the plurality of surfaces of the oral cavity under conditions effective to provide the beneficial effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Ochs, Robert W. Fusi, II, Richard J. Fougere, Curt Binner, Megha Reddy, Justin E. McDonough
  • Patent number: 11076940
    Abstract: A dental cleaning appliance includes a handle and a fluid delivery system. The fluid delivery system includes a nozzle for delivering a burst of working fluid to the teeth of a user. A contact member for engaging the teeth of the user is moveable relative to the nozzle as the appliance is moved along the teeth of the user. A sensor provides an output which varies with movement of contact member relative to the nozzle. A control circuit actuates the delivery of working fluid to the teeth of the user depending on the output from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Robert Lawrence Tweedie, Timothy Nicholas Stickney, Christopher Graham Vincent, Alan Harold Henry Mole, Stephen Benjamin Courtney
  • Patent number: 11064801
    Abstract: The various embodiments described herein include methods, devices, and systems for creating customized dental care. In one aspect, a method includes obtaining a dental model of a particular user's teeth and determining, based on the dental model of the particular user's teeth, a configuration for a set of cleaning elements to be included with the toothbrush device. The method further includes forming the toothbrush device for the particular user based on the dental model of the particular user's teeth, whereby the toothbrush device includes: (i) a cleaner body, personalized for the particular user based on the dental model of the particular user's teeth, that defines a cleaning cavity shaped for receiving the particular user's teeth, and (ii) the set of cleaning elements, integrally formed with the cleaner body, that contact and clean the particular user's teeth during application of the toothbrush device, whereby the cleaning elements have the determined configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ZeroBrush, Inc.
    Inventors: Nidhi Pai, Akash Pai, Scott C. Thielman, Juan F. Sadder, Richard K. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11058523
    Abstract: The various embodiments described herein include methods, devices, and systems for customizing dental care. In one aspect, a dental care device is customized for a particular user, including: (1) a support plate having: (a) a first portion configured to be inserted into a mouth; and (b) an attachment mechanism configured to attach the dental care device to a drive assembly; and (2) an elastomer (elastic polymer) portion enclosing the first portion of the plate, the elastomer portion including a plurality of cleaning tips and shaped in accordance with dental details of the particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ZeroBrush, Inc.
    Inventors: Nidhi Pai, Akash Pai, Scott C. Thielman, Juan F. Sadder, Richard K. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11040218
    Abstract: An oral treatment device that emits electromagnetic radiation onto surfaces of a user's teeth. The oral treatment device may include an intraoral mouthpiece and a handle extending therefrom, the handle containing the control circuitry required for operation of the device. The mouthpiece may include a lamp support structure, a lamp, a lens plate, and a guard component. The lamp may include an electromagnetic radiation source that includes a flexible sheet and a plurality of illumination elements located thereon. The illumination elements may be light emitting diodes printed with an electrically conductive. Additional electronic components such as a processor and a power source may also be included in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Brian Bloch, Thuan Chong Tan
  • Patent number: 10981129
    Abstract: Disclosed is a double chamber container. The first chamber comprises a stopper coupled to a first end and a cover coupled to a second end. The second chamber comprises a plunger coupled to one end and an open second end. The first chamber is coupled to the second chamber such that the first end of the first chamber is coupled to the second end of the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Inventprise, LLC
    Inventors: Subhash V. Kapre, Kapil Subhash Kapre
  • Patent number: 10959819
    Abstract: An oral irrigator contains: a body, a water tank and a detachable jet tip which are both in connection with the body, a power device and a control device Which are both accommodated in the body. The power device is configured to deliver water from the water tank to the detachable jet tip. The power device includes a first outlet defined thereon and configured to discharge the water, a delivery tube connecting with the first outlet, and a first seal element configured to stop water flowing into the body from the power device so that the water discharges out of the first outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Jin-Feng Li, Gang Wang, Qing Zhang, Xin-Quan Liu, Xiao-Wen Liu
  • Patent number: 10945593
    Abstract: An apparatus for dental irrigation may be provided to project fluid onto the surfaces of, and the interproximal spaces between, a user's teeth and gum-line. The apparatus may comprise two hollow U-shaped manifolds having orifices located on their interior faces used as fluid jets. The manifolds may be connected, at a central point of reflection, by a rotating inlet joint which supplies the fluid flow. When placed in the user's mouth, the apparatus may be designed to receive the top and bottom sets of teeth in each corresponding U-shaped manifold, with orifices configured to provide fluid jets aligned towards the lingual and buccal side of the teeth. The orifices may be staggered to provide staggered fluid flow. A user's teeth may be cleaned with a controlled fluid flow by moving the apparatus in a sweeping motion between each set of rear molars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: EHT, LLC
    Inventors: Elimelech Packouz, Ralf Raud
  • Patent number: 10932555
    Abstract: An oral care appliance and a method of controlling pressure in the oral care appliance are disclosed. The pressure inside a mouthpiece of the oral care appliance is controlled by an actuator. The actuator is triggered when a targeted threshold value of an operational characteristic is reached. Automatic control of the pressure in the mouthpiece enhances both cleaning efficiency and user comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Willo 32 SAS
    Inventors: Hugo De Gentile, Alexandre Georges Gabriel Laurent, Jil Abed Michel Chabaro
  • Patent number: 10799425
    Abstract: This invention is a oral health aid device to be places the user's mouth and maneuvered to cover their lower gum area at the teeth root line similar to chewing tobacco. The heath aid has on it a fastener, which can hold in place lozenges, which can contain flavors, or beneficially prescribed drugs, or antiviral and antibacterial antiseptic medication to satisfy the user's needs. This heath aid has been created because of the addiction-taking place recently by the now debunked electronic oil vaporing synthetic smoking devices. This health aid will help the young consumers who were extremely susceptible to anything related to oral fixation relief. Which in the case of very young people is a strong compulsion to use oral devices. This oral health aid will have in desired the ability to be reshaped into a finger ring. So it can be stored conveniently which the need for is exampled by the way baby pacifiers have a ring section attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Philip Ralph Belpasso
  • Patent number: 10716651
    Abstract: An oral care device for providing oral-cavity information to a user or a manager includes: a liquid supply unit; a mouthpiece connected to the liquid supply unit and including a spatial portion configured to accommodate at least one of an upper tooth side and a lower tooth side when the mouthpiece is inserted into an oral cavity; a pump connected to the mouthpiece and configured to suction liquid from the liquid supply unit and introduce the liquid into the spatial portion and to suction fluid from the spatial portion; a storage unit connected to the pump and configured to store or discharge fluid suctioned from the spatial portion; and a measuring unit connected to the storage unit and configured to measure a state of fluid stored in the storage unit, wherein liquid is introduced to the spatial portion from the liquid supply unit only by suction force of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: DR. PIK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ki-Bong Hyun
  • Patent number: 10687612
    Abstract: An oral cleaning device includes an elongated, hollow body, a cleaning head, and a neck portion extending between the hollow body and the cleaning head. The neck portion forms a fluid channel between the hollow body and the cleaning head and the cleaning head includes at least one opening in fluid communication with the fluid channel. The device further includes a plunger located within the hollow body, movable between a first position and a second position, and a solution chamber formed within the hollow body which contains a cleaning solution and is in fluid communication with the fluid channel in the neck portion. A cleaning end of the plunger is configured to move the cleaning solution in the solution chamber through the fluid channel and through the at least one opening in the cleaning head when the plunger is moved from the first position toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: David P. Beck, Jason M. Bobay, Ronald C. Cagle, Kristin Marie Sexton
  • Patent number: 10595915
    Abstract: Implants, devices, instruments, systems and methods for correcting bone deformities in the extremities are disclosed. Specifically, implants, devices, instruments, systems and methods used for hammertoe procedures are disclosed. The implant insertion system including an insertion instrument and an implant. The insertion instrument including a first end, a second end, and an opening extending into the insertion instrument from the second end. The implant including a first portion at a first end, a second portion at a second end, and an intermediate portion coupling the first portion to the second portion. The first portion being received within the opening of the insertion instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Paragon 28, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Lintula, Laura Zagrocki Brinker, Albert Dacosta
  • Patent number: 10588399
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system of a dental cleaning appliance includes a pump for drawing a working fluid through a fluid inlet, a hydraulic actuator for receiving working fluid from the pump, a drive for actuating the pump, and a nozzle having a fluid outlet for ejecting working fluid from the appliance. The drive includes a motor and a control circuit for operating the motor. The control circuit is configured to detect stalling of the motor in response to the load applied to the pump by the pressurized working fluid stored in the accumulator, and to deactivate the motor when stalling of the motor has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Robert Stefan Wronski, Martin Szymon Gutkowski, Alexander David May
  • Patent number: 10589003
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for coating or impregnating a surface with an antimicrobial agent that involve contacting the surface with a composition that includes an antimicrobial agent and a solvent, and curing the surface by applying heat. Also disclosed are methods for reducing the risk of development or progression of an infection in a subject in need of a medical device, that involve coating or impregnating a surface of the medical device with an antimicrobial agent and then curing the surface by applying heat, wherein the risk of development or progression of an infection is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventor: Issam Raad
  • Patent number: 10588722
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a liquid such as a tooth whitening gel can include a plunger and a housing having a first chamber that receives a first arm of the plunger and a second chamber that receives a second arm of the plunger. The housing can further include a first channel in fluid communication with the first chamber, a second channel in fluid communication with the second chamber, and a third channel formed at an intersection of the first and second channels. The housing can further include a static mixer than mixes a first liquid from the first chamber with a second liquid from the second chamber. The plunger may be disposed along a first axis and the third channel may be disposed along a second axis that intersects the first axis at an angle of between 10° and 170°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Jo Fleming, David Neese, Michael Gordon, David Berardelli
  • Patent number: 10537014
    Abstract: Provided is a composition for obesity treatment comprising a liquid-phase plasma. More particularly, provided is a method for producing a liquid-phase plasma for inhibiting adipocyte differentiation or proliferation, a pharmaceutical composition for obesity prevention or treatment using a liquid-phase plasma produced according to the method, and a method for obesity prevention or treatment using the liquid-phase plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Chul Ho Kim, Sung Un Kang
  • Patent number: 10478267
    Abstract: An oral irrigator has a separate high pressure water system and low pressure mouth rinse system to deliver two different fluids to a pick or other accessories. The water system and mouth rinse system are combined in a handle. The pick is connected to the handle. The water system has a blocking valve located in the handle and the mouth rinse system has a hand pump located in the handle. The hand pump sits next to a valve button for closing the blocking valve. When the hand pump is pressed, it presses against the valve button of the blocking valve to shut off the source of high pressure water to the pick. The pressure in the pick drops so that the hand pump can then introduce mouth rinse into the pick. When the hand pump is released, the blocking valve opens up and high pressure water returns to the pick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Lisa Michelle Guenst, Robert James Andrake, Brian Michael Orme, Jeremy Mark Fallis, Jr., Daniel Shanahan
  • Patent number: 10456197
    Abstract: Systems for laser assisted delivery of therapeutic agents include an ultraviolet laser configured to produce a laser beam at a wavelength appropriate for tissue ablation; a lens configured to focus and direct the laser beam to a site, such that an opening is produced in a surface of the site's tissue; a nozzle having an aperture that emits the laser beam and that controls delivery of one or more agents to the site; and an imaging device configured to monitor a depth of penetration of the one or more agents into the site's tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome M. Felsenstein, James L. Hedrick, James J. Wynne, Donna S. Zupanski-Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10433931
    Abstract: A nozzle for a dental handpiece having a connector portion to be connected to a handpiece body, and a nozzle body, which is provided near its end with a notch of a substantially rectangular section cut out from the front face into the lateral faces, the notch forming upstream and downstream faces. The nozzle has a channel and an injection port thereof for transferring the mixture and a channel and an injection port thereof for transferring water, separate from each other. The channel for the mixture extends through the nozzle body along the front face from the connector portion to near the end, with the injection port for the mixture opened in the upstream face. With this nozzle, the mixture is properly injected onto a treatment site in subgingival treatment, while the mixture injected subgingivally is efficiently discharged supragingivally, to improve work efficiency in dental treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nakanishi Inc.
    Inventors: Chihiro Yamane, Shouichi Takamori, Tetsuji Suzuki, Kiyoshi Kawakubo
  • Patent number: 10413690
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to an oral device, or mouthpiece, for delivering a fluid to the mouth or oropharynx of a user. In one embodiment, the oral device includes an intraoral portion, an extraoral portion, and an auxiliary support device that serves to stabilize the oral device. In various embodiments, the auxiliary support device may be configured with ear loops, a support band, a support frame and/or a support member. The intraoral portion generally includes at least one outlet port through which the fluid is delivered to the oral cavity or oropharynx. A method of dispensing a fluid using the oral device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: The University of Western Ontario, Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Ruth E. Martin, Michael Nuttall, Bryan Finlay, Julie Theurer, Brandon Coultes
  • Patent number: 10405954
    Abstract: A compact oral hygiene device includes a unique mini constant jet pump which integrated with a motor, has three diaphragm chambers, draws the fluid from a reservoir and propels fluid out from a buffer room to tips at constant pulseless, high efficiencies and low noise; and a plurality of exchangeable tips cleanses teeth and the interdental area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Winston Zhang, Grace Yu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10368966
    Abstract: A 7-way dental syringe is a device in a dental delivery system that delivers an air stream, water stream, air spray and water spray; four efficient ways to clean a patient's mouth. Additionally, the 7-way dental syringe is a controllable pressurized dental water jet system. It can dislodge plaque biofilms from teeth and interdental regions, access a periodontal pocket to wash out plaque therein, and cleanse a tooth extraction site or irrigate exposed jawbone; various clinical ways to perform advanced oral hygiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Winston Zhang, Paymon Parish Sedghizadeh, Grace Yu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10105201
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to an interdental cleaner for operably connecting to an external water supply. The interdental cleaner includes a mounting bracket having a bracket inlet fluidly connected to the external water supply and a pressure regulation assembly operably connected to the mounting bracket. The pressure regulation assembly includes a regulation outlet fluidly connected to the bracket inlet. The interdental cleaner further includes a water flosser operably connected to the mounting bracket and fluidly connected to the regulation outlet. During use, water pressure of water at the regulation outlet is lower than a water pressure of water at the bracket inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Woodard, Jeffrey M. Garrigues
  • Patent number: 10080632
    Abstract: A toothbrush with suctioning and cleaning functions according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a toothbrush rod including a head portion and a handle portion, a brush disposed at the head portion, a through-hole portion formed at the head portion to supply cleaning water to an oral cavity or suction in dirty water from the oral cavity, a guide tube disposed within the toothbrush rod and connected to the through-hole portion to deliver the cleaning water to the through-hole portion or deliver the dirty water suctioned in through the through-hole portion to the outside, and an external main body to supply the cleaning water to the guide tube and to receive the dirty water from the guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: BLUEREO INC.
    Inventor: Seung Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10034731
    Abstract: An oral care appliance comprises an gas-liquid cleaning assembly which comprises a fluid pump assembly (46); a source of liquid (50); and a source of gas(12). The pump is in operative communication with the sources of liquid and gas to produce a series of gas-injected fluid pulses, directed to a nozzle assembly (80) from which the resulting pulses are directed to the teeth by a user. The individual pulses have a pulse width within the range of 0.001-0.5 seconds, a pulse height from 0.1-10 Newtons, a rise/fall time range of 0.5-250 ms, a repetition rate in the range of 2 Hz to 20 Hz. The gas/liquid mixture range from 40-95% volume to volume, gas to liquid. The appliance also includes a mechanical teeth cleaning assembly, in combination with the gas-liquid assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Yu-Wen Chang, Gregory Russ Goddard
  • Patent number: 10022207
    Abstract: An oral irrigator including a handle through which fluid flows to a tip. Fluid flows to the tip during irrigate mode, and fluid flow may be interrupted by selecting a pause mode. The handle includes a mechanically controlled actuator for selecting the pause mode. The actuator may include a rack gear operably connected to a pinion gear formed on a valve spool inside the handle. The valve spool may include a ball that blocks fluid flow to the tip during pause mode but not during irrigate mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt M. Taylor, Harold A. Luettgen, Jeremy James Johnson
  • Patent number: 10010389
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a pressurized water stream for cleaning gums and teeth. The embodiment includes a base unit defining a cavity. The cavity contains a pump, which may move pressurized water from a reservoir to a tip in fluid communication with the pump. The pump may be secured within the cavity by at least one vibration reduction mount. Fluid may flow from the reservoir and ultimately into the tip to provide oral irrigation and/or cleaning of the teeth, gums, and tongue. The base may include a plurality of footings that elevate the base unit above a surface supporting the base unit. Also, the base may include a basin for receiving a reservoir. The basin may include a reservoir valve initially biased to a closed position and operationally attached to the reservoir, and a tube projection connected to the base unit and opening the valve when the reservoir is received within the basin. The basin and the reservoir are configured to guide the reservoir valve adjacent to the tube projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Boyd, Brian R. Williams, Kurt M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9999484
    Abstract: A device for use in retracting a gingiva from a human tooth by widening a gingival sulcus with a dental composition. The device comprises a cannula with a free end having an opening for dispensing the dental composition. The free end is shaped to be inserted with its front in the entry of the gingival sulcus, and to laterally displace the gingiva from the tooth as the cannula is moved in the gingival sulcus. The invention may help to achieve a reliable and cost effective gingival retraction treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Helmut Pauser, Rüdiger Hampe, Christoph Schulte, Michael Knee, Andreas Maurer
  • Patent number: 9980793
    Abstract: An apparatus for oral hygiene is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a base unit containing a reservoir, an oral irrigation handle, a sonic toothbrush, and an accessory container. The apparatus may include a pump, which may move pressurized water from a reservoir to a tip in fluid communication with the pump. The apparatus contains a drive mechanism in a gear housing that is continually drained by one or more apertures in the base. The base may include a plurality of footings that elevate the base unit above a surface supporting the base unit. The oral irrigation handle includes a pause switch that translates longitude motion into rotational motion to close a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Wagner, Kurt M. Taylor, Harold A. Luettgen, Jeremy James Johnson
  • Patent number: 9943380
    Abstract: A bite plate allowing for contact with occlusal and facial and/or lingual maxillary and mandibular teeth is coupled to an extraoral housing containing a rechargeable battery coupled to a vibrator coupled to a processor coupled to data and charging port or ports. The housing is at least water resistant, and a hatch allows access to the data and charging port or ports only. The device is fitted with a very smooth and quiet vibrator, with minimal variance on operating specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael K. Lowe
  • Patent number: 9884203
    Abstract: A device having medical and veterinary applications of light to antimicrobial and antineoplastic chemicals includes a solution retainer adapted to retain a therapeutic solution against a user, the therapeutic solution including an antimicrobial chemical, an antineoplastic chemical, or both; a fiber optic cable; a light termination on the fiber optic cable that provides light from the fiber optic cable to the therapeutic solution in the solution retainer; and a light source that provides a light of a predetermined wavelength to the fiber optic cable; wherein the light provides a synergistic effect in the therapeutic solution that inhibits microbial or neoplastic growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: DABNEY PATENTS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Paul Dabney
  • Patent number: 9795770
    Abstract: A nasal airway passage device that keeps a nasal airway passage open when inserted into both nostrils. The device includes a hollow body having two hollow legs and a transverse segment that has a central opening. A malleable wire is embedded within a wall of the body, that is, embedded in a wall of each of the legs and embedded a wall of the transverse segment. The wire helps to retain the legs in either a straight orientation or a curved orientation. A band may be provided that encircles the legs initially and moves to encircle the transverse segment upon insertion of the legs into the nostrils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Christine Lydie Zolli
  • Patent number: 9750951
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for preparing a plasma for preventing or treating a cancer. Also, the present invention relates to a liquid type plasma for preventing or treating a cancer prepared by treating the plasma and a pharmaceutical composition for preventing or treating a cancer comprising the same. The plasma and the liquid type plasma according to the present invention can effectively induce cancer cell death without a surgical operation or in a treatment process after a surgical operation, thereby being useful as a novel therapeutic agent and method for a cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ajou University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Chul Ho Kim, Sun Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9743999
    Abstract: A dental prophylaxis and air appliance having a pressurized air source, a hand piece, and a manually actuated slurry container containing a mixture of dry or wetted abrasive and non-abrasive components. The compressed air is delivered to the hand piece by a line that combines the compressed air with the components and discharges the post-mixed water slurry of abrasive or non-abrasive components. The hand piece is configured to include a series of valves adapted to define one or more stages for containing components and encourage mixing thereof during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Piero A. Policicchio
  • Patent number: 9700544
    Abstract: Oral preparations of microcapsules and nanoparticles including an inhibitor of the mammalian target of rapamycin. The preparations are intended to assist with the treatment and prevention of cancer neurocognitive dysfunction, genetically predisposed disorders, and age-related disorders. The embodiments discussed address the present need for alternative preparations or manufacturing processes that ensure efficacy while improving other performance characteristics such as storage stability, biodistribution, dosage cost, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Neal K Vail, Dana M Vaughn
  • Patent number: 9693928
    Abstract: An oral appliance for administering a stimulus, such as a substance, to the mouth of a user includes a flexible tube having an inlet portion, a first curved portion forming an ear loop connected to the inlet portion, a second curved portion forming a lip bend connected to the first curved portion, and an outlet portion extending from the second curved portion. Alternatively, a mouthpiece for delivering a substance to the mouth of a user includes a housing having an inlet portion, a riser portion extending upwardly from the inlet portion and a curved outlet portion. A flexible tube is coupled to the housing. A method of delivering a substance to a predetermined location in a user's mouth includes disposing a flexible tube between a row of teeth and an interior surface of a cheek. The flexible tube has an exit port positioned in a rear portion of the user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: Trudell Medical International, The University of Western Ontario
    Inventors: Ruth E. Martin, Michael Nuttall, Michael A. Baran, George Baran, Bryan Finlay, Julie Theurer, Sarah Trotter
  • Patent number: 9687328
    Abstract: Syringe tips for use with dental syringes, connectors for connecting syringe tips to a dental syringe, and combinations thereof are described. In one embodiment, a syringe tip has an elastic inner tube with a flexible proximal portion extending proximally beyond a shoulder of an outer tube. An elongate fluid passageway extending from an entrance at the proximal end of the inner tube's flexible proximal portion to an exit at the distal end of the inner tube. The outer tube defines at least a portion of at least one additional elongate fluid passageway. In another embodiment, a syringe tip as described above is provided in combination with a connector that includes a tubular shaped portion adapted to be received within the fluid passageway of the inner tube and wherein the distal end of the tubular shaped member includes fingers adapted to radially expand the inner tube over the tubular shaped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Bernard S. Esrock
  • Patent number: 9566140
    Abstract: Tooth whitening device for whitening teeth using sonochemistry includes a body, and an ultrasonic transducer provided in the body. The ultrasonic transducer is configured for producing ultrasonic waves in the range of 20-100 kHz, and good results have been achieved with ultrasonic waves at a frequency of 40 kHz. There is an ultrasonic horn provided on the body, and the ultrasonic horn is operatively connected with the ultrasonic transducer. A liquid retaining element is provided on the ultrasonic horn, and the liquid retaining element is configured for retaining a liquid tooth whitening composition against a user's teeth. The liquid retaining element may be a sponge or a replaceable pad, such as a foam pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Dentovations Inc.
    Inventors: Damon Brown, Mark Edward Farrell, Arshad Ali, Tim Diasti, Graham K. Philp, Jr., Graham K. Parrish-Philp, David Wuchinich
  • Patent number: 9549841
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are disclosed for controlled delivery of a therapy, such as a stimulant, to a mouth of a subject via an oral device positioned in a secured configuration in the mouth. At least one of a tongue position stimulator (TST) and tongue position sensor (TSE) is provided, according to certain aspects. According to another aspect, a stimulus is delivered to the mouth and/or tongue via a mouthpiece secured to the subject's teeth. In another regard, a stimulus is delivered that generates a natural response to eliminate or reduce sleep disorders, such as for example at least one of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Split Rock Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hermanson, Amit Rajguru
  • Patent number: 9498045
    Abstract: Cosmetic or pharmaceutical applicator with a supply of the cosmetic or pharmaceutical fluid provided in the brush outside of the bristle facing, a pump mechanism for dispensing the fluid through or in the bristle facing of the brush, whereupon the bristle facing of the brush is a fixed component of a cartridge which provides a supply of the fluid and which can be inserted into and removed again from the applicator chamber intended for this purpose, preferably without the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: GEKA GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Hartstock-Martin
  • Patent number: 9415197
    Abstract: Described herein are implantable composites, kits comprising the composites, implant devices comprising the composites, and methods of making and using same, including point of use methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SurModics, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Tice
  • Patent number: 9351804
    Abstract: Provided is a needle unit for endodontic treatment, including a needle bent at predetermined angle; a needle unit body where the needle is rotatably mounted; and an inserter for pressing the needle to fix the needle to the needle unit body. The present invention provides an optimal needle for efficiently realizing a needle unit for endodontic treatment. To be specific, the needle unit can be easily used by an operator because a needle bent at a predetermined angle is rotatably mounted on a needle unit body. Also, a diffuser portion is provided at a proximal end of the needle and pressed by an inserter so that the needle is fixed at a constant pressure. Hence, the needle is not fixed too loosely or too tightly to an extent that much force is required to rotate the needle, so that the operator can easily rotate the needle in a desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: In-Whan Lee
  • Patent number: 9351816
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush for use by an operator and capable of being connected to a suction device. The electric toothbrush includes a head with a plurality of bristles, at least one irrigation port, and at least one suction port, and an injection port in fluid communication with the at least one irrigation port. The electric toothbrush also includes a handle with a ventilation port in fluid communication with the at least one suction port, a user interface, and a controller. The ventilation port permits suction from the suction device to the at least one suction port and the controller is configured to actuate at least one of rotation, oscillation, and vibration of the bristles for a preset time period in response to a predetermined feedback from the operator through the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Dignity Health
    Inventors: Virginia Prendergast, Cynthia Kleiman
  • Patent number: 9198841
    Abstract: A tooth whitening system is provided. The tooth whitening system includes a carrier, first and second substrates, and first and second tooth whitening compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Paul Albert Sagel, Hooman Shahidi
  • Patent number: 9121836
    Abstract: An oral aroma sampling device includes a mouthpiece which defines an in-mouth surface and an external surface, the in-mouth surface bearing a delivery conduit, and the external surface bearing a manifold in communication with the delivery conduit, the manifold bearing a plurality of capillaries, each of which capillary is the conduit for an aroma substance, the mouthpiece additionally comprising a breathing conduit passing from the external surface to the in-mouth surface. The device is useful as part of a retronasal testing apparatus, which allows a large variety of flavor combinations to be tested quickly and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Givaudan S.A.
    Inventors: Christopher Todd Simons, Joseph Andrew Kaiser, Matthew Charles Burland, Mark Thirston Yates