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VeröffentlichungsnummerUS20140325778 A1
PublikationstypAnmeldung
AnmeldenummerUS 14/030,984
Veröffentlichungsdatum6. Nov. 2014
Eingetragen18. Sept. 2013
Prioritätsdatum3. Mai 2013
Auch veröffentlicht unterUS20140325776
Veröffentlichungsnummer030984, 14030984, US 2014/0325778 A1, US 2014/325778 A1, US 20140325778 A1, US 20140325778A1, US 2014325778 A1, US 2014325778A1, US-A1-20140325778, US-A1-2014325778, US2014/0325778A1, US2014/325778A1, US20140325778 A1, US20140325778A1, US2014325778 A1, US2014325778A1
ErfinderAlice Chang
Ursprünglich BevollmächtigterAlice Chang
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Toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles and with ingredients and with tongue cleaner
US 20140325778 A1
Zusammenfassung
Toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system includes a toothbrush assembly having a brush head, a handle, and at least one bristle. The bristles include at least one sharp and pointed edge for reaching and cleaning hard to reach areas on teeth and gums of a user-brusher. The bristles can be thin and tapered. The at least one bristle can comprise tiny tapered bristles. The bristles, tiny tapered bristles, and tongue cleaner can comprise cleansing ingredient and nutritional ingredient. The bristles, tiny tapered bristles, brush head, handle, and tongue cleaner can comprise flavoring ingredient. The toothbrush assembly is usable for hygienically maintaining teeth and gums of a user-brusher. The tongue cleaner can be included for cleaning of the tongue. The toothbrush assembly and the tongue cleaner can comprise an electrically powered instrument for wet and dry use.
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What is claimed is new and desired to be protected by Letters Patent is set forth in the appended claims:
1. A toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system comprises:
a toothbrush assembly comprising:
a handle having:
a first end,
a second end,
a top side, and
a bottom side; and
a brush head having:
a first side,
a second side, and
at least one bristle;
wherein said brush head is connected to said first end of said handle of said toothbrush assembly;
wherein said at least one bristle is perpendicularly and non removably affixed to said first side of said brush head;
wherein said at least one bristle includes a sharp and pointed edge for reaching and cleaning hard to reach areas on teeth and gums of a user-brusher;
wherein said at least one bristle acts in a capacity of a cleaner-abrasive;
wherein said at least one bristle is approximately 0.05 to 0.5 millimeter thick before tapering;
wherein said at least one bristle is approximately tapered 0 to 20 millimeters on one end with a tapered thickness of approximately 0.01 to 0.5 millimeter thick;
wherein said at least one bristle is planted approximately 5 to 20 millimeters high on said first side of said brush head;
wherein said at least one bristle is separated from one another by about 0 to 4 millimeters;
wherein said at least one bristle has a number ranging from 1 to a few hundred bristles;
wherein said handle has a length of about 1 to 12 inches;
wherein said brush head has a size about 1 square millimeter to 2 square inches;
wherein said first side of said brush head having said at least one bristle is located on said top side of said handle;
wherein said second side of said brush head has a flat surface; and
wherein said toothbrush assembly is usable for hygienically maintaining teeth of a user-brusher.
2. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle is planted at varying pattern, varying hardness, varying length, varying thickness, varying tapered length, and varying tapered thickness, on said first side of said brush head.
3. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle is selected from group consisting of tapered tips, non tapered tips, rounded tips, uncut along length, cut along length, horizontal cut along length, vertical cut along length, diagonal cut along length, cut along length into twists, and cut along length into ridges.
4. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle located on said brush head is selected from group consisting of soft and forms a circular tip; and hard and serrated.
5. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle is angularly and non-removably affixed to said first side of said brush head.
6. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle comprises at least one cleansing ingredient selected from group consisting of toothpaste, baking soda, fluoride, triclosan, bleach, salt, Epsom salt, and charcoal; and said at least one cleansing ingredient is in form selected from group consisting of imbedded, and coated.
7. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle comprises at least one nutritional ingredient selected from group consisting of various vitamins, dietary minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids; said vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B7, vitamin B9, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K; said dietary minerals include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, iron, cobalt, copper, zinc, molybdenum, iodine, selenium, manganese, nickle, chromium, fluorine, boron, and strontium; said amino acids include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cysteine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine; said fatty acids include alpha-linolenic acid, and linoleic acid; and said at least one nutritional ingredient is in form selected from group consisting of imbedded, and coated.
8. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle, said brush head, and said handle comprise at least one flavoring ingredient selected from group consisting of natural flavors, artificial flavors, fruit flavors, plant flavors, herb flavors, tea flavors, root flavors, flower flavors, nut flavors, vegetable flavors, bean flavors, cereal flavors, vegetable skin flavors, fruit skin flavors, and other flavors, including artificial sweeteners, vinegar, sugar, syrup, honey, menthol, echinacea, elder, horehound, mallow, sage, thyme, cowslip, burnet, yarrow, marsh mallow, lady's mantle, speedwell, plantain, linden flowers, wild thyme, hyssop, eucalyptus, sea buckthorn, elder blossom, verbena, lemon balm, clove, coriander, cumin, basil, dill, rosemary, parsley, carob, fennel, oregano, nutmeg, allspice, catnip, wormwood, musk, pepper, chili, horseradish, tumeric, mustard, curry, wasabi, mountain mint, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, ginger, ginseng, garlic, truffle, chive, cinnamon, licorice, rose, earl grey, darjeeling, chrysanthemum, jasmine, chamomile, lavender, acacia, safflower, vanilla, almond, apple, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grape, guava, plum, peach, pear, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, papaya, watermelon, honeydew, coconut, durian, passion fruit, banana, fig, apricot, mandarin, blackcurrant, starfruit, kiwi, pomelo, lychee, loquat, persimmon, tangerine, mangosteen, noni, sugar apple, mulberry, elderberry, gooseberry, lingonberry, juniper berry, jackfruit, dragonfruit, butter, peanut butter, cheese, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted grain beverage, green tea, potato, taro, carrot, turnip, yam, parsnip, rutabaga, burdock, radish, sweet potato, lotus root, beet root, parsley root, cucumber, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, eggplant, pepper, tomato, avocado, winter melon, bitter melon, tomatillo, chayote, okra, breadfruit, pod, broccoli, cauliflower, globe antichoke, caper, asparagus, bamboo shoot, celery, rhubarb, cardoon, Chinese celery, Kohlrabi, galangal, cabbage, kale, collard green, spinach, arugula, beet green, bok choy, chard, choi sum, turnip green, endive, lettuce, mustard green, watercress, gai lan, leek, onion, shallot, rice, corn, wheat, barley, oat, rye, almond, cashew, chestnut, coconut, hazelnut, macademia, peanut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, walnut, acorn, brazil nut, green bean, white bean, yellow bean, pinto bean, soybean, lima bean, kidney bean, pea bean, mung bean, chickpea, snow pea, lentil, seaweed, sea grape, mushroom, brussels sprout, bean sprout, urad, alfalfa, fennel, and dandelion; and said at least one flavoring ingredient is in form selected from group consisting of imbedded, and coated.
9. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle, said brush head, and said handle comprise at least one synthetic fiber selected from group consisting of bio-plastic, plastic, nylon, polyester, and acrylic.
10. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle, said brush head, and said handle, comprise at least one natural fiber selected from group consisting of animal and plant, including rubber, wood, and bamboo.
11. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle having a pattern selected from group consisting of bundles of bristles in rows, bundles of bristles in circular shapes, bundles of bristles in round shapes, bundles of bristles in jagged shapes, bundles of bristles in cylindrical shapes, bundles of bristles in cubical shapes, bundles of bristles in ring shapes, evenly spaced bristles in bundles, and evenly spaced bundles of bristles; said bundles having a size about 1 square millimeter to 2 square inches; said bundles comprise 1 to a few hundred said at least one bristle; and said bundles are separated from one another by about 0 to 5 millimeters.
12. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle located on said first side of said brush head is in manner selected from group consisting of fixed, removable, and replaceable.
13. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said brush head with said at least one bristle connected to said first end of said handle is in manner selected from group consisting of fixed, removable, and replaceable.
14. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said brush head with at least one bristle is having a shape selected from group consisting of rectangle, square, oval, round, and circle.
15. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said handle is selected from group consisting of curved, straight, and angular.
16. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said handle is located at said second side of said brush head, and is selected from group consisting of curved, straight, and angular.
17. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said at least one bristle comprises of tiny tapered bristles about 0.5 to 2 millimeters in length, about 0.01 to 0.5 millimeter in tapered thickness, separated from one another by about 0 to 3 millimeters, arranged at least one layer of 0 to 100 bristles in each layer, along length of said at least one bristle, perpendicular to said at least one bristle, and angularly affixed to said at least one bristle.
18. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 17 wherein said tiny tapered bristles comprise at least one cleansing ingredient selected from group consisting of toothpaste, baking soda, fluoride, triclosan, bleach, salt, Epsom salt, and charcoal; and said at least one cleansing ingredient is in form selected from group consisting of imbedded, and coated.
19. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 17 wherein said tiny tapered bristles comprise at least one nutritional ingredient selected from group consisting of various vitamins, dietary minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids; said vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B7, vitamin B9, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K; said dietary minerals include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, iron, cobalt, copper, zinc, molybdenum, iodine, selenium, manganese, nickle, chromium, fluorine, boron, and strontium; said amino acids include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cysteine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine; said fatty acids include alpha-linolenic acid, and linoleic acid; and said at least one nutritional ingredient is in form selected from group consisting of imbedded, and coated.
20. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 17 wherein said tiny tapered bristles comprise at least one flavoring ingredient selected from group consisting of natural flavors, artificial flavors, fruit flavors, plant flavors, herb flavors, tea flavors, root flavors, flower flavors, nut flavors, vegetable flavors, bean flavors, cereal flavors, vegetable skin flavors, fruit skin flavors, and other flavors, including artificial sweeteners, vinegar, sugar, syrup, honey, menthol, echinacea, elder, horehound, mallow, sage, thyme, cowslip, burnet, yarrow, marsh mallow, lady's mantle, speedwell, plantain, linden flowers, wild thyme, hyssop, eucalyptus, sea buckthorn, elder blossom, verbena, lemon balm, clove, coriander, cumin, basil, dill, rosemary, parsley, carob, fennel, oregano, nutmeg, allspice, catnip, wormwood, musk, pepper, chili, horseradish, tumeric, mustard, curry, wasabi, mountain mint, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, ginger, ginseng, garlic, truffle, chive, cinnamon, licorice, rose, earl grey, darjeeling, chrysanthemum, jasmine, chamomile, lavender, acacia, safflower, vanilla, almond, apple, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grape, guava, plum, peach, pear, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, papaya, watermelon, honeydew, coconut, durian, passion fruit, banana, fig, apricot, mandarin, blackcurrant, starfruit, kiwi, pomelo, lychee, loquat, persimmon, tangerine, mangosteen, noni, sugar apple, mulberry, elderberry, gooseberry, lingonberry, juniper berry, jackfruit, dragonfruit, butter, peanut butter, cheese, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted grain beverage, green tea, potato, taro, carrot, turnip, yam, parsnip, rutabaga, burdock, radish, sweet potato, lotus root, beet root, parsley root, cucumber, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, eggplant, pepper, tomato, avocado, winter melon, bitter melon, tomatillo, chayote, okra, breadfruit, pod, broccoli, cauliflower, globe antichoke, caper, asparagus, bamboo shoot, celery, rhubarb, cardoon, Chinese celery, Kohlrabi, galangal, cabbage, kale, collard green, spinach, arugula, beet green, bok choy, chard, choi sum, turnip green, endive, lettuce, mustard green, watercress, gai lan, leek, onion, shallot, rice, corn, wheat, barley, oat, rye, almond, cashew, chestnut, coconut, hazelnut, macademia, peanut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, walnut, acorn, brazil nut, green bean, white bean, yellow bean, pinto bean, soybean, lima bean, kidney bean, pea bean, mung bean, chickpea, snow pea, lentil, seaweed, sea grape, mushroom, brussels sprout, bean sprout, urad, alfalfa, fennel, and dandelion; and said at least one flavoring ingredient is in form selected from group consisting of imbedded, and coated.
21. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 17 wherein said tiny tapered bristles comprise at least one synthetic fiber selected from group consisting of bio-plastic, plastic, nylon, polyester, and acrylic.
22. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 17 wherein said tiny tapered bristles comprise at least one natural fiber selected from group consisting of animal and plant, including rubber, wood, and bamboo.
23. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said first side of said brush head comprises a surface selected from group consisting of a flat surface, and surface with said at least one bristle; and said second side of said brush head having a surface for tongue cleaner.
24. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said tongue cleaner, said brush head, and said handle comprise at least one fiber selected from group consisting of bio-plastic, plastic, nylon, polyester, acrylic, rubber, wood, and bamboo.
25. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said tongue cleaner comprises at least one cleansing ingredient selected from group consisting of toothpaste, baking soda, fluoride, triclosan, bleach, salt, Epsom salt, and charcoal; and said at least one cleansing ingredient is in form selected from group consisting of imbedded, and coated.
26. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said tongue cleaner comprises at least one nutritional ingredient selected from group consisting of various vitamins, dietary minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids; said vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B7, vitamin B9, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K; said dietary minerals include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, iron, cobalt, copper, zinc, molybdenum, iodine, selenium, manganese, nickle, chromium, fluorine, boron, and strontium; said amino acids include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cysteine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine; said fatty acids include alpha-linolenic acid, and linoleic acid; and said at least one nutritional ingredient is in form selected from group consisting of imbedded, and coated.
27. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said tongue cleaner comprises at least one flavoring ingredient selected from group consisting of natural flavors, artificial flavors, fruit flavors, plant flavors, herb flavors, tea flavors, root flavors, flower flavors, nut flavors, vegetable flavors, bean flavors, cereal flavors, vegetable skin flavors, fruit skin flavors, and other flavors, including artificial sweeteners, vinegar, sugar, syrup, honey, menthol, echinacea, elder, horehound, mallow, sage, thyme, cowslip, burnet, yarrow, marsh mallow, lady's mantle, speedwell, plantain, linden flowers, wild thyme, hyssop, eucalyptus, sea buckthorn, elder blossom, verbena, lemon balm, clove, coriander, cumin, basil, dill, rosemary, parsley, carob, fennel, oregano, nutmeg, allspice, catnip, wormwood, musk, pepper, chili, horseradish, tumeric, mustard, curry, wasabi, mountain mint, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, ginger, ginseng, garlic, truffle, chive, cinnamon, licorice, rose, earl grey, darjeeling, chrysanthemum, jasmine, chamomile, lavender, acacia, safflower, vanilla, almond, apple, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grape, guava, plum, peach, pear, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, papaya, watermelon, honeydew, coconut, durian, passion fruit, banana, fig, apricot, mandarin, blackcurrant, starfruit, kiwi, pomelo, lychee, loquat, persimmon, tangerine, mangosteen, noni, sugar apple, mulberry, elderberry, gooseberry, lingonberry, juniper berry, jackfruit, dragonfruit, butter, peanut butter, cheese, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted grain beverage, green tea, potato, taro, carrot, turnip, yam, parsnip, rutabaga, burdock, radish, sweet potato, lotus root, beet root, parsley root, cucumber, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, eggplant, pepper, tomato, avocado, winter melon, bitter melon, tomatillo, chayote, okra, breadfruit, pod, broccoli, cauliflower, globe antichoke, caper, asparagus, bamboo shoot, celery, rhubarb, cardoon, Chinese celery, Kohlrabi, galangal, cabbage, kale, collard green, spinach, arugula, beet green, bok choy, chard, choi sum, turnip green, endive, lettuce, mustard green, watercress, gai lan, leek, onion, shallot, rice, corn, wheat, barley, oat, rye, almond, cashew, chestnut, coconut, hazelnut, macademia, peanut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, walnut, acorn, brazil nut, green bean, white bean, yellow bean, pinto bean, soybean, lima bean, kidney bean, pea bean, mung bean, chickpea, snow pea, lentil, seaweed, sea grape, mushroom, brussels sprout, bean sprout, urad, alfalfa, fennel, and dandelion; and said at least one flavoring ingredient is in form selected from group consisting of imbedded, and coated.
28. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said tongue cleaner having a pattern selected from group consisting of pointed edges in rows, evenly spaced pointed edges, rounded edges in rows, evenly spaced rounded edges, cone shapes in rows, evenly spaced cone shapes, dome shapes in rows, evenly spaced dome shapes, spherical shapes in rows, evenly spaced spherical shapes, cylindrical shapes in rows, evenly spaced cylindrical shapes, cubical shapes in rows, evenly spaced cubical shapes, ring shapes in rows, evenly spaced ring shapes, bundles of bristles in rows, and evenly spaced bristles in bundles; said pattern is about 1 to 20 millimeters high; said shape is about 0.5 to 5 millimeters thick; said shape is separated from one another by about 0 to 10 millimeters; and said shape is selected from group consisting of tapered tips, non tapered tips, rounded tips, uncut along length, cut along length, horizontal cut along length, vertical cut along length, diagonal cut along length, cut along length into twists, and cut along length into ridges.
29. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said tongue cleaner located on said second side of said brush head is in manner selected from group consisting of fixed, removable, and replaceable.
30. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said brush head with said tongue cleaner connected to said first end of said handle is in manner selected from group consisting of fixed, removable, and replaceable.
31. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said brush head with said tongue cleaner is having a shape selected from group consisting of rectangle, square, oval, round, and circle.
32. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said handle is selected from group consisting of curved, straight, and angular.
33. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said handle is located at said first side of said brush head, and is selected from group consisting of curved, straight, and angular.
34. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 1 wherein said toothbrush assembly comprises an electrically powered instrument for wet and dry use, and is selected from group consisting of vibrational movements, clockwise movements, and counterclockwise movements; and of high and low speeds.
35. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 23 wherein said tongue cleaner comprises an electrically powered instrument for wet and dry use, and is selected from group consisting of vibrational movements, clockwise movements, and counterclockwise movements; and of high and low speeds.
36. A toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system comprises:
a toothbrush assembly comprising:
a handle having:
a first end,
a second end,
a top side, and
a bottom side; and
a brush head having:
a first side,
a second side, and
at least one bristle;
wherein said brush head is connected to said first end of said handle of said toothbrush assembly;
wherein said at least one bristle is perpendicularly and non removably affixed to said first side of said brush head;
wherein said at least one bristle includes at least one sharp and pointed edge for reaching and cleaning hard to reach areas on teeth and gums of a user-brusher;
wherein said at least one bristle acts in a capacity of a cleaner-abrasive;
wherein said at least one bristle is approximately 0.05 to 0.5 millimeter thick before tapering;
wherein said at least one bristle is approximately tapered 0 to 20 millimeters on one end with a tapered thickness of approximately 0.01 to 0.5 millimeter thick;
wherein said at least one bristle is planted approximately 5 to 20 millimeters high on said first side of said brush head;
wherein said at least one bristle is separated from one another by about 0 to 4 millimeters;
wherein said at least one bristle has a number ranging from 1 to a few hundred bristles;
wherein said at least one bristle comprises at least one composition;
wherein said at least one bristle located on said brush head is soft and forms a circular tip;
wherein said at least one bristle, said brush head, and said handle comprise at least one synthetic fiber;
wherein said handle has a length of about 1 to 12 inches;
wherein said brush head has a size about 1 square millimeter to 2 square inches;
wherein said first side of said brush head having said at least one bristle is located on said top side of said handle;
wherein said second side of said brush head having a surface for tongue cleaner; and
wherein said toothbrush assembly is usable for hygienically maintaining teeth of a user-brusher.
37. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 36 comprises a kit including the following parts: said toothbrush assembly having said brush head with said at least one bristle comprising said at least one composition of various cleansing ingredients and flavoring ingredients; said toothbrush assembly in a selection of children and adult sizes; and a set of user instructions.
38. A method of use for a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system of claim 36 comprising the steps of:
choosing a said toothbrush assembly having a user-preferred said at least one composition located on a said brush head having said at least one bristle;
wetting said brush head; applying toothpaste onto said brush head;
cleaning a tongue of a user-brusher; brushing teeth of said user-brusher;
rinsing said brush head of said toothbrush assembly;
storing said toothbrush assembly when brushing is complete; and
using another said toothbrush assembly to perform a different type of cleaning.
Beschreibung
    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
  • [0001]
    The present applications are related to and claims priority from prior provisional application Ser. Nos. 61/819,475 filed May 3, 2013 which applications are incorporated herein by reference.
  • COPYRIGHT NOTICE
  • [0002]
    A portion of the disclosure of this patent document contains material which is subject to copyright protection. The copyright owner has no objection to the facsimile reproduction by anyone of the patent document or the patent disclosure, as it appears in the Patent and Trademark Office patent file or records, but otherwise reserves all copyright rights whatsoever. 37 CFR 1.71(d).
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0003]
    The following includes information that may be useful in understanding the present invention(s). It is not an admission that any of the information provided herein is prior art, or material, to the presently described or claimed inventions, or that any publication or document that is specifically or implicitly referenced is prior art.
  • [0004]
    1. Field of the Invention
  • [0005]
    The present invention relates generally to the field of tooth brushes and more specifically relates to a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles and ingredients, made from synthetic and natural fibers, so that clean and comfortable brushing of the teeth and gums is enabled. The tongue cleaner can be included for cleaning of the tongue.
  • [0006]
    2. Description of the Related Art
  • [0007]
    A toothbrush is an oral hygiene instrument used to clean the teeth and gums that consists of a head of tightly clustered bristles mounted on a handle, which facilitates the cleansing of hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Toothpaste, which often contains fluoride, is commonly used in conjunction with a toothbrush to increase the effectiveness of tooth brushing. Toothbrushes are available with different bristle textures, sizes and forms. Most dentists recommend using a toothbrush labeled “soft”, since hard bristled toothbrushes can damage tooth enamel and irritate the gums. Toothbrushes have usually been made from synthetic fibers since they were originally developed, although animal bristles are still sometimes used. Toothbrushes may not be effective or efficient at tooth-care.
  • [0008]
    A tongue cleaner (also called a tongue scraper or tongue brush) is an oral hygiene device designed to clean the bacterial build-up, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. The bacteria and fungi that grow on the tongue are related to many common oral care and general health problems. In addition, decaying bacteria produce volatile sulphur compounds on the rear of the tongue; these molecules account for 80 to 95 percent of all cases of halitosis (bad breath).
  • [0009]
    Various attempts have been made to solve the above-mentioned problems such as those found in U.S. Pat. No. 6,764,142 to Young-Jun Kwon; U.S. Pat. No. 7,448,693 to Sung-Wook Kwon; U.S. Pat. No. 6,041,467 to Donna J. Beals; U.S. Pat. No. 8,297,710 to Toyokazu Mori; U.S. Pat. No. 5,533,227 Satoshi Hayashi; and U.S. Pat. No. 8,336,967 to Sung-Hwan Kwon. This prior art is representative of toothbrushes with bristles. None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the invention as claimed.
  • [0010]
    Ideally, a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles and with ingredients and with tongue cleaner should be compact and convenient in use, and yet, would operate reliably and be manufactured at a modest expense. Thus, a need exists for a reliable a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles and with ingredients made from synthetic and natural fibers, so that clean and comfortable brushing of the teeth and gums is enabled and to avoid the above-mentioned problems. A tongue cleaner can be included on the other side of the brush head.
  • BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0011]
    In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known toothbrushes art, the present invention provides a novel a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system (toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles and with ingredients and with tongue cleaner). The general purpose of the present invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail, is to provide a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system, made from synthetic and natural fibers, so that clean and comfortable brushing of the teeth and gums is enabled. The tongue cleaner can be included for cleaning of the tongue.
  • [0012]
    A toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system as disclosed herein comprises a toothbrush assembly comprising a handle having a first end, a second end, a top side, and a bottom side; and a brush head having a first side, a second side, and at least one bristle. The brush head is connected to the first end of the handle of the toothbrush assembly.
  • [0013]
    The at least one bristle acts in a capacity of a cleaner-abrasive. The first side of the brush head having the at least one bristle is located on the top side of the handle. Optionally, the second side of the brush head can have a surface for the tongue cleaner. The handle serves as a levering and controlling means for the device.
  • [0014]
    The at least one bristle preferably includes at least one sharp and pointed edge for reaching and cleaning hard to reach areas on teeth and gums of a user-brusher. The at least one bristle is approximately 0.05 to 0.5 millimeter thick before tapering. The at least one bristle is tapered approximately 0 to 20 millimeters on one end with a tapered thickness of approximately 0.01 to 0.5 millimeter thick. The at least one bristle is preferably planted approximately 5 to 20 millimeters high on the toothbrush assembly.
  • [0015]
    The bristles can be planted at varying length and thickness on the toothbrush. And the bristles can have varying tapered length and thickness. The at least one bristle comprises at least one synthetic fiber and each one may act in the capacity of an abrasive ‘pick’. As such it is able to reach into confined spaces between teeth and abrasively remove debris. The at least one synthetic fiber is selected from the group consisting of bio-plastic, plastic, nylon, polyester, and acrylic. The toothbrush assembly is usable for hygienically maintaining teeth of a user-brusher.
  • [0016]
    The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system comprises a kit including the following parts: a toothbrush assembly having the brush head with the at least one bristle comprising at least one composition of various cleansing ingredients and flavoring ingredients; a toothbrush assembly in a selection of children and adult sizes; and a set of user instructions.
  • [0017]
    A method of use for the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system comprises the steps of choosing a toothbrush assembly having at least one bristle; wetting the brush head; applying toothpaste onto the brush head; brushing teeth of a user-brusher; optionally cleaning tongue of a user; rinsing the brush head of the toothbrush assembly; storing the toothbrush assembly when brushing is complete; and using another toothbrush assembly to perform a different type of cleaning if desired.
  • [0018]
    The present invention holds significant improvements and serves as a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles and with ingredients and with tongue cleaner for purposes of summarizing the invention, certain aspects, advantages, and novel features of the invention have been described herein. It is to be understood that not necessarily all such advantages may be achieved in accordance with any one particular embodiment of the invention. Thus, the invention may be embodied or carried out in a manner that achieves or optimizes one advantage or group of advantages as taught herein without necessarily achieving other advantages as may be taught or suggested herein. The features of the invention which are believed to be novel are particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the concluding portion of the specification. These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following drawings and detailed description.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0019]
    The figures which accompany the written portion of this specification illustrate embodiments and method(s) of use for the present invention, toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system (toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles and with ingredients and with tongue cleaner), constructed and operative according to the teachings of the present invention.
  • [0020]
    FIG. 1 shows a perspective view illustrating a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system in an ‘in-use’ condition according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • [0021]
    FIG. 2 is a perspective view illustrating a side view of the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1.
  • [0022]
    FIG. 2A is a perspective view illustrating a front view of the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system with round bundles of bristles according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1.
  • [0023]
    FIG. 3 is a perspective view illustrating an alternate variation of a side view of the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1.
  • [0024]
    FIG. 3A is a perspective view illustrating an alternate variation of the bristle(s), bristle with tiny tapered bristles, for use with the present invention of FIG. 1.
  • [0025]
    FIG. 4 is a perspective view illustrating a kit of the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1.
  • [0026]
    FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a method of use of the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIGS. 1-4.
  • [0027]
    The various embodiments of the present invention will hereinafter be described in conjunction with the appended drawings, wherein like designations denote like elements
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • [0028]
    As discussed above, embodiments of the present invention relate to a toothbrush with thin bristles device and more particularly to a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system, made from synthetic and/or natural fibers, so that clean and comfortable brushing of the teeth and gums is enabled. The tongue cleaner can be included for cleaning of the tongue.
  • [0029]
    Generally speaking, the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles and with ingredients and with tongue cleaner (toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system) is made from synthetic and/or natural fibers, so that clean and comfortable brushing of the teeth and gums is enabled. By creating a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles, and tapering at the edges, clean and comfortable brushing of the teeth and gums is enabled. The tongue cleaner can be included for cleaning of the tongue.
  • [0030]
    The at least one bristle is approximately 0.05 to 0 5 millimeter thick before tapering and is tapered approximately 0 to 20 millimeters on one end with a tapered thickness of approximately 0.01 to 0.5 millimeter thick. The at least one bristle is preferably planted approximately 5 to 20 millimeters high on the toothbrush assembly. The at least one bristle is separated from one another by about 0 to 4 millimeters. The at least one bristle has a number ranging from 1 to a few hundred bristles. The bristles can be planted at varying lengths and thickness on the toothbrush. And the bristles can have varying tapered length and thickness. The at least one bristle is selected from the group consisting of tapered tips, rounded tips, uncut along length, cut along length, horizontal cut along length, vertical cut along length, diagonal cut along length, cut along length into twists, and cut along length into ridges. Further, at least one bristle can comprise of tiny tapered bristles about 0.5 to 2 millimeters in length, and 0.01 to 0.5 millimeter in tapered thickness, separated from one another by about 0 to 3 millimeters, arranged at least one layer of 0 to 100 bristles in each layer, along the length of at least one bristle, perpendicular to at least one bristle, and angularly affixed to at least one bristle. The tiny tapered bristles can have the same cleansing ingredient, same flavoring ingredient, same synthetic fiber, and same natural fiber as the at least one bristle.
  • [0031]
    The at least one bristle can include a small size brush with just one bristle, so that the bristle can clean between the teeth and can be used as a toothpick. The small size brush can have a size of about 1 to 12 inches in length. The small size brush can have a range of about 1 to 10 bristles, to clean between the teeth. By having a handle for the one bristle, is it easier for the user to use and to the reach the teeth. Unlike a toothpick which has to be thrown away after each use, the toothbrush with the one bristle is reusable. The toothbrush assembly may have a number of bristle ranging from 1 to a few hundred can have a length of about 1 to 12 inches. The brush head has a size of about 1 square millimeter to 2 square inches.
  • [0032]
    One side of the brush head is connected to the bristles for brushing of the teeth. The other side of the brush head can have a flat surface, or a surface for cleaning of the tongue. The ergonomic tongue cleaner is shaped in accordance with the anatomy of the tongue, and is optimized to lift and trap the plaque coating and effectively clean the surface of the tongue.
  • [0033]
    For cleaning of the tongue, the surface of the second side of the brush head can have a variety of different shapes. The patterns can include pointed edges in rows, evenly spaced pointed edges, rounded edges in rows, evenly spaced rounded edges, cone shapes in rows, evenly spaced cone shapes, dome shapes in rows, evenly spaced dome shapes, spherical shapes in rows, evenly spaced spherical shapes, cylindrical shapes in rows, evenly spaced cylindrical shapes, cubical shapes in rows, evenly spaced cubical shapes, ring shapes in rows, evenly spaced ring shapes, bundles of bristles in rows, evenly spaced bristles in bundles, and so on.
  • [0034]
    For cleaning of the tongue, the pattern is about 1 to 20 millimeters high, the shape is about 0.5 to 5 millimeters thick, and the shape is separated from one another by about 0 to 10 millimeters. The shape is selected from group consisting of tapered tips, non tapered tips, rounded tips, uncut along length, cut along length, horizontal cut along length, vertical cut along length, diagonal cut along length, cut along length into twists, and cut along length into ridges. The surface for cleaning of the tongue consists of materials including bio-plastic, plastic, nylon, polyester, acrylic, rubber, wood, and bamboo. The tongue cleaner can be white or transparent in color, and it can have a variety of other colors. The tongue cleaner can have the same color as the brush head and the handle.
  • [0035]
    The bristle, the brush head, and the handle of the toothbrush can be transparent or white in color, or they can have a variety of different colors. Part or all of the bristle can be perpendicular to the brush head. Part or all of the bristle can also be angular to the brush head. The bristle can be arranged both perpendicularly and angularly to the brush head.
  • [0036]
    The bristle can be arranged in a variety of different patterns. The patterns can include bundles of bristles in rows, bundles of bristles in circular shapes, bundles of bristles in round shapes, bundles of bristles in jagged shapes, bundles of bristles in cylindrical shapes, bundles of bristles in cubical shapes, bundles of bristles in ring shapes, evenly spaced bristles in bundles, evenly spaced bundles of bristles, and so on. The bristles can be separated from one another by about 0 to 4 millimeters. The bundles having a size about 1 square millimeter to 2 square inches. The bundles comprise 1 to a few hundred bristles. And the bundles are separated from one another by about 0 to 5 millimeters.
  • [0037]
    The bristles of the toothbrush can be made of synthetic and/or natural fibers. Synthetic fibers include but are not limited to bio-plastic, plastic, nylon, polyester, and/or acrylic. Natural fibers include but are not limited to animal and plant fibers, including rubber, wood, and bamboo. It should be noted that biodegradable materials can also be used.
  • [0038]
    The handle of the toothbrush may be curved, straight or angular. Further, the handle can be designed for easy gripping with one or both hands of a user-brusher. The brush head and handle of the toothbrush can be manufactured from both synthetic and natural materials. Synthetic materials may include bio-plastic and plastic. Natural materials may include but are not limited to rubber, wood, and bamboo. The toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles may also be used for electric toothbrush.
  • [0039]
    The bristles of the toothbrush, the tiny tapered bristles, the brush head, the handle, and the tongue cleaner can be created with or without the addition of flavoring ingredients. The flavors include natural flavors and artificial flavors. The flavors can include one or more flavors of the fruits, plants, herbs, teas, roots, flowers, nuts, vegetables, beans, cereals, vegetable skins, fruit skins, and other flavors, including artificial sweeteners, vinegar, sugar, syrup, honey, menthol, echinacea, elder, horehound, mallow, sage, thyme, cowslip, burnet, yarrow, marshmallow, lady's mantle, speedwell, plantain, linden flowers, wild thyme, hyssop, eucalyptus, sea buckthorn, elder blossom, verbena, lemon balm, clove, coriander, cumin, basil, dill, rosemary, parsley, carob, fennel, oregano, nutmeg, allspice, catnip, wormwood, musk, pepper, chili, horseradish, tumeric, mustard, curry, wasabi, mountain mint, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, ginger, ginseng, garlic, truffle, chive, cinnamon, licorice, rose, earl grey, darjeeling, chrysanthemum, jasmine, chamomile, lavender, acacia, safflower, vanilla, almond, apple, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grape, guava, plum, peach, pear, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, papaya, watermelon, honeydew, coconut, durian, passion fruit, banana, fig, apricot, mandarin, blackcurrant, starfruit, kiwi, pomelo, lychee, loquat, persimmon, tangerine, mangosteen, noni, sugar apple, mulberry, elderberry, gooseberry, lingonberry, juniper berry, jackfruit, dragonfruit, butter, peanut butter, cheese, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, coffee, green tea, roasted grain beverage, potato, taro, carrot, turnip, yam, parsnip, rutabaga, burdock, radish, sweet potato, lotus root, beet root, parsley root, cucumber, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, eggplant, pepper, tomato, avocado, winter melon, bitter melon, tomatillo, chayote, okra, breadfruit, pod, broccoli, cauliflower, globe antichoke, caper, asparagus, bamboo shoot, celery, rhubarb, cardoon, Chinese celery, Kohlrabi, galangal, cabbage, kale, collard green, spinach, arugula, beet green, bok choy, chard, choi sum, turnip green, endive, lettuce, mustard green, watercress, gai lan, leek, onion, shallot, rice, corn, wheat, barley, oat, rye, almond, cashew, chestnut, coconut, hazelnut, macademia, peanut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, walnut, acorn, brazil nut, green bean, white bean, yellow bean, pinto bean, soybean, lima bean, kidney bean, pea bean, mung bean, chickpea, snow pea, lentil, seaweed, sea grape, mushroom, brussels sprout, bean sprout, urad, alfalfa, fennel, dandelion, and so on. Other herb flavors include ajwain, akudjura, alexanders, alkanet, alligator pepper, allspice, angelica, anise, anise hyssop, aniseed myrtle, annatto, apple mint, artemisia, asafoetida, asarabacca, avens, avocado leaf, barberry, bay leaf, bee balm, boldo, borage, black cardamom, blue fenugreek, caraway, cardamom, cassia, cayenne pepper, celery leaf, celery seed, chervil, chicory, cicely, cilantro, clary, costmary, cubeb pepper, cudweed, culantro, curry leaf, curry plant, dill seed, epazote, fenugreek, filé powder, fingerroot, galangal, galingale, golpar, grains of paradise, grains of selim, houttuynia cordata, huacatay, Indonesian bay leaf, jimbu, juniper berry, kaffir lime leaves, kala zeera, kawakawa seeds, kencur, keluak, kinh gioi, kokam seed, korarima, koseret leaves, lemon myrtle, lemon ironbark, lemon verbena, leptotes bicolor, lesser calamint, lime flower, lovage, mahlab, marjoram, mastic, mountain horopito, musk mallow, nasturtium, nigella, njangsa, neem, olida, orris root, pandan flower, pandan leaf, paprika, paracress, peppermint gum leaf, perilla, pandanus amaryllifolius, quassia, ramsons, rice paddy herb, rue, saffron, salad burnet, salep, sassafras, savory, silphium, shiso, sorrel, spikenard, star anise, sumac, sweet woodruff, tarragon, voatsiperifery, water-pepper, watercress, wattleseed, wild betel, willow herb, wood avens, woodruff, and so on. The comprised flavoring ingredients can be imbedded and/or coated.
  • [0040]
    The bristles of the toothbrush, the tiny tapered bristles, and the tongue cleaner can be created with or without the addition of nutritional ingredients. The nutritional ingredients may include one or more of various essential nutrients, including vitamins, dietary minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. The vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B7, vitamin B9, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. The dietary minerals include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, iron, cobalt, copper, zinc, molybdenum, iodine, selenium, manganese, nickle, chromium, fluorine, boron, and strontium. The amino acids include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cysteine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. The fatty acids include alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid). The comprised nutritional ingredients can be imbedded and/or coated.
  • [0041]
    The bristles of the toothbrush, the tiny tapered bristles, and the tongue cleaner can be created with or without the addition of cleansing ingredients. The cleansing ingredients may include one or more of toothpaste, baking soda, fluoride, triclosan, bleach, salt, Epsom salt, charcoal, and so on. The comprised cleansing ingredients can be imbedded and/or coated. The toothpaste can also be applied on top of the bristles or can be embedded thereon.
  • [0042]
    Further, the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles can have a variety of hardness, patterns, shapes, and sizes. The hardness level of the bristle can be soft or hard. The bristle can be planted at varying hardness on the toothbrush. The pattern of the bristle can include circular, jagged, and so on. The shape of the brush head can include rectangle, square, oval, circle, and so on. The brush head can have a size for the range of 1 bristle to a few hundred bristles. The size of the toothbrush can be small or large. The large size is for adult, and the small size is for children. The toothbrush can have a length of about 1 to 12 inches.
  • [0043]
    One side of the brush head can have a flat surface, or a handle. The other side of the brush head can be connected to the bristles, or it can have a surface for cleaning of the tongue. So the toothbrush and the tongue cleaner can be separate, on separate devices. The brush head with just the bristles for brushing teeth can be fixed, removable, and replaceable. The brush head with just the tongue cleaner can also be fixed, removable, and replaceable.
  • [0044]
    The toothbrush can be both manual and electrically powered. When it is electrically powered, it may be powered by a small DC motor, which is either powered by batteries, or rechargeable batteries. The electric toothbrush can be designed to allow for wet/dry use. And it can have oscillation movements of high and low speed and pulse for brushing and cleaning the teeth and gums. The oscillation movements can include vibrational movements, clockwise movements, and counterclockwise movements. The tongue cleaner can also be both manual and electrically powered. And it can be designed to allow for wet/dry use. Further, the tongue cleaner can have oscillation movements of high and low speed and pulse for cleaning of the tongue. The oscillation movements can include vibrational movements, clockwise movements, and counterclockwise movements.
  • [0045]
    An example is a toothbrush with a rectangular brush head of about 2 centimeters by 3 centimeters, and a straight handle of about 8 inches, and with bristles about 12 millimeters in length, in bundles of circular shapes and perpendicular to the brush head. The bristles can be about 0.2 millimeter thick before tapering, tapered about 3 millimeters on one end with a tapered tip thickness of about 0.01 millimeter. The other side of the brush head is for cleaning of the tongue. The surface for tongue cleaner is created to have rows of sharp edges, about 6 millimeters in height. The bristles and the tongue cleaner can be imbedded with peppermint flavor. The entire toothbrush with tongue cleaner can be made of bio-plastic, in white color.
  • [0046]
    Referring to the drawings by numerals of reference, there is shown in FIG. 1, FIG. 2, FIG. 2A, FIG. 3, and FIG. 3A various views of toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • [0047]
    Toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 preferably comprises toothbrush assembly 110 comprising handle 120 having first end 126, second end 132, top side 138, and bottom side 144; and brush head 150 having first side 156, second side 162, and at least one bristle 170 acting as a cleaner-abrasive. Toothbrush assembly 110 is usable for hygienically maintaining teeth 184 of user-brusher 180. Brush head 150 is preferably connected to first end 126 of handle 120 of toothbrush assembly 110. First side 126 of brush head 150 having at least one bristle 170 is located on top side 138 of handle 120. Optionally, second side 162 of brush head 150 may have a surface for a tongue cleaner. Brush head 150 connected to first end 126 of handle 120 of toothbrush assembly 110 can be fixed, removable, and replaceable. A shape of brush head 150 is selected from the group consisting of rectangle, square, oval, and circle. Toothbrush assembly 110 is not only limited to manual toothbrush assembly 110 and may comprise an electric toothbrush for wet and dry use, and is selected from the group consisting of vibrational movements, clockwise movements, and counterclockwise movements; and of high and low speeds.
  • [0048]
    At least one bristle 170 located on brush head 150 is soft and may form circular tip 200 as shown in FIG. 2. At least one bristle 170 located on brush head 150 may also be hard and serrated 300 as shown in FIG. 3. At least one bristle 170 may be perpendicularly and non-removably affixed to first side 156 of brush head 150. At least one bristle 150 preferably includes sharp and pointed edge 310 as shown in FIG. 3 for reaching and cleaning hard to reach areas on teeth 184 and gums of user-brusher 180. Further, at least one bristle 170 is approximately 0.05 to 0.5 millimeter thick before tapering. At least one bristle 170 is approximately tapered 0 to 20 millimeters on one end with a tapered thickness of approximately 0.01 to 0.5 millimeter thick.
  • [0049]
    At least one bristle 170 is planted approximately 5 to 20 millimeters high on toothbrush assembly 110. At least one bristle 170 is separated from one another by about 0 to 4 millimeters. At least one bristle 170 has a number ranging from 1 to a few hundred bristles. At least one bristle 170 is planted at varying pattern, varying hardness, varying length, varying thickness, varying tapered length, and varying tapered thickness on first side 156 of brush head 150. And at least one bristle 170 is selected from the group consisting of tapered tips, non-tapered tips, rounded tips, uncut along length, cut along length, horizontal cut along length, vertical cut along length, diagonal cut along length, cut along length into twists, and cut along length into ridges. Further, at least one bristle 170 can comprise of tiny tapered bristles 174 about 0.5 to 2 millimeters in length, and 0.01 to 0.5 millimeter in tapered thickness, separated from one another by about 0 to 3 millimeters, arranged at least one layer of 0 to 100 bristles in each layer, along the length of at least one bristle 170, perpendicular to at least one bristle 170, and angularly affixed to at least one bristle 170. The tiny tapered bristles 174 can have the same ingredient, same flavoring, same synthetic fiber, and same natural fiber as the at least one bristle 170.
  • [0050]
    Handle 120 has a length of about 1 to 12 inches Handle 120 has a length of about 1 to 12 inches. Handle 120 can be located at second side 162 of brush head 150, and is selected from the group consisting of curved, straight, and angular. Brush head 150 has a size of about 1 square millimeter to 2 square inches. First side 156 of brush head 150 having said at least one bristle 170 is located on top side 138 of handle 120. Second side 162 of brush head 150 has a flat surface. Toothbrush assembly 110 is not only limited to manual toothbrush assembly 110 and may comprise an electric toothbrush (not shown) for wet and dry use, and is selected from the group consisting of vibrational movements, clockwise movements, and counterclockwise movements; and of high and low speeds.
  • [0051]
    Composition 174 is preferably located on at least one bristle 170 which acts in a capacity of a cleaner-abrasive. Composition 174 may comprise at least one cleansing ingredient. The at least one cleansing ingredient is selected from the group consisting of toothpaste, baking soda, fluoride, triclosan, bleach, salt, Epsom salt, and charcoal. Composition 174 may comprise at least one nutritional ingredient. The at least one nutritional ingredient is selected from the group consisting of various essential nutrients, including vitamins, dietary minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. The vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B7, vitamin B9, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. The dietary minerals include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, iron, cobalt, copper, zinc, molybdenum, iodine, selenium, manganese, nickle, chromium, fluorine, boron, and strontium. The amino acids include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cysteine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. The fatty acids include alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid). Composition 174 may also comprise at least one flavoring ingredient. The at least one flavoring ingredient is selected from the group consisting of natural flavors, artificial flavors, fruit flavors, plant flavors, herb flavors, tea flavors, root flavors, flower flavors, nut flavors, vegetable flavors, bean flavors, cereal flavors, vegetable skin flavors, fruit skin flavors, and other flavors, including artificial sweeteners, vinegar, sugar, syrup, honey, menthol, echinacea, elder, horehound, mallow, sage, thyme, cowslip, burnet, yarrow, marsh mallow, lady's mantle, speedwell, plantain, linden flowers, wild thyme, hyssop, eucalyptus, sea buckthorn, elder blossom, verbena, lemon balm, clove, coriander, cumin, basil, dill, rosemary, parsley, carob, fennel, oregano, nutmeg, allspice, catnip, wormwood, musk, pepper, chili, horseradish, tumeric, mustard, curry, wasabi, mountain mint, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, ginger, ginseng, garlic, truffle, chive, cinnamon, licorice, rose, earl grey, darjeeling, chrysanthemum, jasmine, chamomile, lavender, acacia, safflower, vanilla, almond, apple, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grape, guava, plum, peach, pear, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, papaya, watermelon, honeydew, coconut, durian, passion fruit, banana, fig, apricot, mandarin, blackcurrant, starfruit, kiwi, pomelo, lychee, loquat, persimmon, tangerine, mangosteen, noni, sugar apple, mulberry, elderberry, gooseberry, lingonberry, juniper berry, jackfruit, dragonfruit, butter, peanut butter, cheese, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted grain beverage, green tea, potato, taro, carrot, turnip, yam, parsnip, rutabaga, burdock, radish, sweet potato, lotus root, beet root, parsley root, cucumber, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, eggplant, pepper, tomato, avocado, winter melon, bitter melon, tomatillo, chayote, okra, breadfruit, pod, broccoli, cauliflower, globe antichoke, caper, asparagus, bamboo shoot, celery, rhubarb, cardoon, Chinese celery, Kohlrabi, galangal, cabbage, kale, collard green, spinach, arugula, beet green, bok choy, chard, choi sum, turnip green, endive, lettuce, mustard green, watercress, gai lan, leek, onion, shallot, rice, corn, wheat, barley, oat, rye, almond, cashew, chestnut, coconut, hazelnut, macademia, peanut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, walnut, acorn, brazil nut, green bean, white bean, yellow bean, pinto bean, soybean, lima bean, kidney bean, pea bean, mung bean, chickpea, snow pea, lentil, seaweed, sea grape, mushroom, brussels sprout, bean sprout, urad, alfalfa, fennel, dandelion, and so on. It should be noted that the flavoring ingredient can be imbedded and/or coated on at least one bristle 170, tiny tapered bristles 174, brush head 150, and handle 120. And the cleansing ingredient can be imbedded and/or coated on at least one bristle 170, and tiny tapered bristles 174. When flavoring ingredient and cleansing ingredient is depleted on embedded version, the device may be disposable, or flavors and cleansers may be placed thereon.
  • [0052]
    At least one bristle 170 may comprise at least one synthetic fiber. The at least one synthetic fiber is selected from the group consisting of bio-plastic, plastic, nylon, polyester, and acrylic. At least one bristle 170 may also comprise at least one natural fiber. The at least one natural fiber is selected from the group consisting of animal and plant, including rubber, wood, and bamboo. It should be noted that biodegradable materials can also be used. At least one bristle 170 located on first side 156 of brush head 150 can be fixed, removable, and replaceable. And at least one bristle 170 having a pattern selected from the group consisting of bundles of bristles in rows, bundles of bristles in circular shapes, bundles of bristles in round shapes, bundles of bristles in jagged shapes, bundles of bristles in cylindrical shapes, bundles of bristles in cubical shapes, bundles of bristles in ring shapes, evenly spaced bristles in bundles, and evenly spaced bundles of bristles. The bundles having a size about 1 square millimeter to 2 square inches. The bundles comprise 1 to a few hundred at least one bristle 170. And the bundles are separated from one another by about 0 to 5 millimeters.
  • [0053]
    FIG. 1 shows a perspective view illustrating a toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 in an ‘in-use’ condition according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a perspective view illustrating a side view of the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1. FIG. 2A is a perspective view illustrating a front view of the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 with round bundles of at least one bristle 170 according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1. FIG. 3 is a perspective view illustrating an alternate variation of a side view of the toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1. FIG. 3A is a perspective view illustrating an alternate variation of at least one bristle 170, at least one bristle 170 with tiny tapered bristles 174, for use with the present invention of FIG. 1. This specific embodiment may provide greater surface area cleaning. Referring now to FIG. 4, a perspective view illustrating kit 400 of toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1.
  • [0054]
    Toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIG. 1, FIG. 2, FIG. 2A, FIG. 3, and FIG. 3A may be sold as kit 400 comprising the following parts: a toothbrush assembly 110 having brush head 150 with at least one bristle 170 comprising at least one composition of various cleansing ingredients and flavoring ingredients; a toothbrush assembly 110 in a selection of children and adult sizes; and a set of user instructions. Toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 may be manufactured and provided for sale in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, with various ingredients, and for a wide assortment of applications.
  • [0055]
    Toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 having second side 162 of brush head 150 having a tongue cleaner 190 comprises at least one fiber selected from the group consisting of bio-plastic, plastic, nylon, polyester, acrylic, rubber, wood and bamboo. First side 156 of brush head 150 comprises a surface selected from the group consisting of flat surface, and surface with at least one bristle 170. Tongue cleaner 190 comprises at least one cleansing ingredient selected from the group consisting of baking soda, fluoride, triclosan, bleach, salt, Epsom salt, and charcoal. Tongue cleaner 190 also comprises at least one nutritional ingredient selected from the group consisting of various essential nutrients, including vitamins, dietary minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. The vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B7, vitamin B9, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. The dietary minerals include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, iron, cobalt, copper, zinc, molybdenum, iodine, selenium, manganese, nickle, chromium, fluorine, boron, and strontium. The amino acids include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cysteine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. The fatty acids include alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid). Further, tongue cleaner 190 comprises at least one flavoring ingredient selected from the group consisting of natural flavors, artificial flavors, fruit flavors, plant flavors, herb flavors, tea flavors, root flavors, flower flavors, nut flavors, vegetable flavors, bean flavors, cereal flavors, vegetable skin flavors, fruit skin flavors, and other flavors, including artificial sweeteners, vinegar, sugar, syrup, honey, menthol, echinacea, elder, horehound, mallow, sage, thyme, cowslip, burnet, yarrow, marsh mallow, lady's mantle, speedwell, plantain, linden flowers, wild thyme, hyssop, eucalyptus, sea buckthorn, elder blossom, verbena, lemon balm, clove, coriander, cumin, basil, dill, rosemary, parsley, carob, fennel, oregano, nutmeg, allspice, catnip, wormwood, musk, pepper, chili, horseradish, tumeric, mustard, curry, wasabi, mountain mint, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, ginger, ginseng, garlic, truffle, chive, cinnamon, licorice, rose, earl grey, darjeeling, chrysanthemum, jasmine, chamomile, lavender, acacia, safflower, vanilla, almond, apple, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grape, guava, plum, peach, pear, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, papaya, watermelon, honeydew, coconut, durian, passion fruit, banana, fig, apricot, mandarin, blackcurrant, starfruit, kiwi, pomelo, lychee, loquat, persimmon, tangerine, mangosteen, noni, sugar apple, mulberry, elderberry, gooseberry, lingonberry, juniper berry, jackfruit, dragonfruit, butter, peanut butter, cheese, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted grain beverage, green tea, potato, taro, carrot, turnip, yam, parsnip, rutabaga, burdock, radish, sweet potato, lotus root, beet root, parsley root, cucumber, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, eggplant, pepper, tomato, avocado, winter melon, bitter melon, tomatillo, chayote, okra, breadfruit, pod, broccoli, cauliflower, globe antichoke, caper, asparagus, bamboo shoot, celery, rhubarb, cardoon, Chinese celery, Kohlrabi, galangal, cabbage, kale, collard green, spinach, arugula, beet green, bok choy, chard, choi sum, turnip green, endive, lettuce, mustard green, watercress, gai lan, leek, onion, shallot, rice, corn, wheat, barley, oat, rye, almond, cashew, chestnut, coconut, hazelnut, macademia, peanut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, walnut, acorn, brazil nut, green bean, white bean, yellow bean, pinto bean, soybean, lima bean, kidney bean, pea bean, mung bean, chickpea, snow pea, lentil, seaweed, sea grape, mushroom, brussels sprout, bean sprout, urad, alfalfa, fennel, dandelion, and so on. It should be noted that the flavoring ingredient and cleansing ingredient can be imbedded and/or coated on tongue cleaner 190.
  • [0056]
    Tongue cleaner 190 located on second side 162 of brush head 150, and brush head 150 with tongue cleaner 190, can be fixed, removable, and replaceable. The brush head 150 with tongue cleaner 190 have a shape selected from the group consisting of rectangle, square, oval, round, and circle. Handle 120 for tongue cleaner 190 is selected from the group consisting of curved, straight, and angular. And handle 120 can be located at first side 156 of brush head 150. And tongue cleaner 190 having a pattern selected from the group consisting of pointed edges in rows, evenly spaced pointed edges, rounded edges in rows, evenly spaced rounded edges, cone shapes in rows, evenly spaced cone shapes, dome shapes in rows, evenly spaced dome shapes, spherical shapes in rows, evenly spaced spherical shapes, cylindrical shapes in rows, evenly spaced cylindrical shapes, cubical shapes in rows, evenly spaced cubical shapes, ring shapes in rows, evenly spaced ring shapes, bundles of bristles in rows, and evenly spaced bristles in bundles. The pattern is about 1 to 20 millimeters high. The shape is about 0.5 to 5 millimeters thick, and is separated from one another by about 0 to 10 millimeters. The shape is selected from group consisting of tapered tips, non tapered tips, rounded tips, uncut along length, cut along length, horizontal cut along length, vertical cut along length, diagonal cut along length, cut along length into twists, and cut along length into ridges. The tongue cleaner 190 may comprise a manual tongue cleaner 190 and an electrically powered instrument for wet and dry use, and is selected from the group consisting of vibrational movements, clockwise movements, and counterclockwise movements; and of high and low speeds.
  • [0057]
    Referring now to FIG. 5, showing a flowchart 550 illustrating method of use 500 for toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention of FIGS. 1-4.
  • [0058]
    Method of use 500 for toothbrush with thin and tapered bristles system 100 may comprise the steps of: step one 501 choosing toothbrush assembly 110 having a user-preferred composition located on brush head 150 having at least one bristle 170; step two 502 wetting brush head 150; step three 503 applying toothpaste onto brush head 150; step four 504 cleaning a tongue of user-brusher 180; step five 505 brushing teeth 184 of user-brusher 180; step six 506 rinsing brush head 150 of toothbrush assembly 110; step seven 507 storing toothbrush assembly 110 when brushing is complete; and optionally step eight 508 using another toothbrush assembly 110 to perform a different type of cleaning. The device may be used to pick teeth if desired using end bristle 170.
  • [0059]
    It should be noted that steps 504 and 508 are optional steps and may not be implemented in all cases. Optional steps of method 500 are illustrated using dotted lines in FIG. 5 so as to distinguish them from the other steps of method 500.
  • [0060]
    It should be noted that the steps described in the method of use can be carried out in many different orders according to user preference. Upon reading this specification, it should be appreciated that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as design preference, user preferences, marketing preferences, cost, structural requirements, available materials, technological advances, etc., other methods of use arrangements such as, for example, different orders within above-mentioned list, elimination or addition of certain steps, including or excluding certain maintenance steps, etc., may be sufficient.
  • [0061]
    The embodiments of the invention described herein are exemplary and numerous modifications, variations and rearrangements can be readily envisioned to achieve substantially equivalent results, all of which are intended to be embraced within the spirit and scope of the invention. Further, the purpose of the foregoing abstract is to enable the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally, and especially the scientist, engineers and practitioners in the art who are not familiar with patent or legal terms or phraseology, to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and essence of the technical disclosure of the application.
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US-Klassifikation15/167.1
Internationale KlassifikationA46B9/04
UnternehmensklassifikationA46B15/0081, A46D1/0276, A46B9/04