|Veröffentlichungsdatum||16. März 2017|
|Eingetragen||4. Aug. 2016|
|Prioritätsdatum||11. Sept. 2015|
|Veröffentlichungsnummer||PCT/2016/45599, PCT/US/16/045599, PCT/US/16/45599, PCT/US/2016/045599, PCT/US/2016/45599, PCT/US16/045599, PCT/US16/45599, PCT/US16045599, PCT/US1645599, PCT/US2016/045599, PCT/US2016/45599, PCT/US2016045599, PCT/US201645599, WO 2017/044212 A1, WO 2017044212 A1, WO 2017044212A1, WO-A1-2017044212, WO2017/044212A1, WO2017044212 A1, WO2017044212A1|
|Erfinder||Vinay JIVAN, Paritosh Patel, Anita JIVAN|
|Zitat exportieren||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patentzitate (4), Klassifizierungen (2), Juristische Ereignisse (1)|
|Externe Links: Patentscope, Espacenet|
Tongue Cleaner With A Mouth Freshener Disinfecting Strip.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates to a system that improves good oral hygiene by cleaning and disinfecting the surface of your tongue. In particular, this invention relates to a disposable tongue cleaner that not only cleans the surface of the tongue but also kills bacteria and freshens the tongue, unlike traditional tongue cleaners that only remove the debris buildup from the tongue .
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
A toothbrush is used to clean teeth, but only a few people use the conventional brush to brush their tongue to remove plaque and debris from their tongue. Conventional toothbrushes with bristles are often uncomfortable to use on the tongue and hence many people don't use it to clean their tongue. In Asian
countries people have been using tongue scrapers for many centuries. These scrapers are typically a U shape curved metal, made from stainless steel or copper and are used to clean the tongues . These scrapers help remove plaque and debris from the tongue but do a poor job in killing the bacteria that resides on the tongue. Hence, there is an unmet need that toothbrushes and tongue scrapers need to overcome in order to enhance oral hygiene .
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
This invention centers on a unique design of a tongue scraper that can deliver cleaning, disinfecting, or other solutions directly to the surface of the tongue allowing for optimum removal of plaque and debris from your tongue.
The present disclosure provides an oral care implementation that includes a head that forms the scraper which channels the plaque and in close proximity to the scraper's edge is a parallel strip of material that can easily dissolve when in contact with the tongue. The strip of material could be a gel or a solid that would quickly dissolve when in contact with the tongue; hence the solution would be directly applied to the contact area.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
Figure 1: Side view of a tongue cleaner in accordance with and/or use with the present invention.
Figure 2: Shows a close up of the head and the parts associated, the edge acts as the scraper and a strip of disinfecting or freshening material being in close proximity to the scraper edge .
Figure 3: Showing how the strip pattern can be changed to allow for different fluids to be applied to the tongue at the same time .
Figure 4: Showing the tongue cleaner having two edges and the strip being in the middle.
Figure 5: A tongue cleaner having a placeholder/cavity for one to place disinfecting/cleaning gel or strip at the time of use.
Reference Numerals in Drawings
10 Head part of cleaner
11 Beveled scraper edge
12 Dissolving strip material
14 Strip pattern accommodating different disinfecting or freshening material
15 Secondary beveled scraper edge
20 Handle part of cleaner
25 Placeholder for strip DE TAILS OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a tongue cleaner designed to aid in a wide variety of oral hygiene. The tongue cleaner has a handle (20) and attached to it a head (10) . The low profile head incorporates: - a scraper (11) and a strip of disinfection material (12) in close proximity of the scraper. The strip of disinfecting material (12) is located so that it is virtually in constant contact with the tongue during the tongue cleaners scraping strokes. And once the user is done with the device, the device would be thrown away.
The strip of course could be of different dimension than that shown in Figure 2 or Figure 3. It could be made of a series of smaller strips (14) such as Figure 3 allowing for different disinfecting/cleaning solutions to be applied to the tongue. The strip itself can also be made with different solubility hence can act as a wear indicator, when no strips are seen it is time to dispose the device.
The strip itself could also be made to be two layers of
material. For example, the first layer could be a disinfecting gel and the second layer could be a freshening gel. So in this case the first few strokes of the tongue cleaner would remove the debris and disinfect the tongue and the subsequent strokes would apply a freshener to the tongue. The disinfecting/cleaning strip would normally be part of the tongue cleaner. However, there is also the possibility were the tongue cleaner has a place holder (25) for the strip, and at the time of use the strip is applied (if a gel) or pressed onto the place holder to form the strip.
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