US Patent No: 5,792,159

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Tongue cleaner

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A tongue cleaning device for personal use or use by an oral hygiene professional. The device has a relatively flat cleaning head integral with a handle that preferably is angled to permit ease of use without causing tissue damage. The cleaning head is provided with a plurality of cleaning ribs that extend the length of the cleaning head, which is oriented perpendicular to the handle. Each of the cleaning ribs depends from a lower surface of the cleaning head, and each has a cleaning surface configured for removing unhealthy films and deposits from the tongue. To reduce the likelihood of damaging tissues of the mouth, the ribs are configured without harsh or rough edges, and the cleaning head is flattened so that the user will not scrape the rear portion of the soft palate. The tongue cleaning device of the present invention is made from a polymeric material, such as a food grade plastic, that will withstand temperatures necessary for sterilization.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Amin, Jatin N 6 Dayton Dr., Apt. No. 20-A, Edison, NJ 08820 1 79

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
JAMES B. COPELAN TRUST DATED DECEMBER 30, 1988, JAMES B. COPELAN, TRUSTEE, THE (1)
5,445,825 Disposable personal dental hygiene assembly 46 1992
 
SUZMAN, COLIN (1)
D367707 Tongue scraper 25 1994
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (7)
D265506 Tongue scraper 30 1979
4,455,704 Toothbrush and tongue cleaner 67 1982
D285342 Tongue cleaner 8 1984
D332352 Tongue brush 11 1990
5,061,272 Tongue cleaner 20 1990
5,226,197 Tongue hygiene device 116 1992
D360262 Tongue scraper 10 1994

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ERGONOMIC DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (39)
6,230,355 Lingual toothbrush 4 1999
D431908 Toothbrush head with bristles 20 1999
D430401 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 22 1999
D428256 Toothbrush 21 1999
D428260 Anterior lingual toothbrush 21 1999
D434564 Anterior lingual toothbrush 0 2000
D431722 Toothbrush 0 2000
D431366 Toothbrush 1 2000
D443140 Toothbrush head with bristles 0 2000
D462175 Toothbrush 1 2000
D462176 Toothbrush 2 2000
D458452 Toothbrush 0 2000
D450927 Toothbrush 0 2000
D448932 Toothbrush 0 2000
D446020 Set of bristles for a substantially oval-headed toothbrush 0 2000
D444951 Set of bristles for a substantially triangular-headed toothbrush 1 2000
D442785 Toothbrush head with bristles 3 2000
D439745 Toothbrush head with bristles 0 2000
D438385 Toothbrush head with bristles 3 2000
D445571 Toothbrush head 1 2000
D443141 Toothbrush head 1 2000
D443142 Toothbrush head 8 2000
6,438,786 Toothbrush with longitudinal bristle reinforcement 10 2000
D460624 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2000
D460268 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2000
D459084 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2000
D459085 Stepped bristle array for a toothbrush head 1 2000
D465089 Toothbrush handle 6 2001
D456137 Toothbrush 2 2001
D465656 Toothbrush 0 2002
D464797 Stepped bristle array for a toothbrush head 0 2002
D464798 Stepped bristle array for a toothbrush head 2 2002
D461314 Toothbrush handle 1 2002
D480876 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 1 2002
D468538 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2002
D467081 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 1 2002
D464800 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2002
D467082 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2002
D464801 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2002
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (29)
5,938,673 Tongue cleaning device 32 1998
7,143,462 Oral care implement 60 2004
7,273,327 Oral care implement 25 2004
7,607,189 Oral care implement 16 2004
7,725,980 Oral care implement 12 2004
7,908,699 Oral care implement 5 2004
7,721,376 Oral care implement 16 2004
7,845,042 Oral care implement 9 2005
7,836,539 Oral care implement 0 2005
7,841,041 Oral care implement 10 2006
7,975,343 Toothbrush 1 2006
7,962,991 Toothbrush 1 2006
7,322,067 Oral care implement 27 2006
8,201,298 Toothbrush with low profile head 0 2007
7,954,191 Toothbrush 0 2007
8,628,263 Oral care implement 0 2007
8,281,448 Oral care implement having one or more moving sections 0 2007
7,950,100 Oral care implement 3 2007
8,151,397 Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions 2 2008
8,042,214 Oral care implement 0 2009
8,281,446 Oral care implement 0 2009
8,393,042 Oral care implement 2 2009
8,550,736 Oral care implement 0 2010
7,975,346 Oral care implement 1 2010
8,091,170 Oral care implement 0 2010
8,079,110 Oral care implement 1 2010
8,522,386 Oral care implement 0 2011
8,561,247 Oral care implement 0 2011
8,578,546 Oral care implement having one or more moving pieces 0 2012
 
Cardica, Inc. (1)
7,794,471 Compliant anastomosis system 2 2004
 
ESAOTE S.P.A. (1)
D687153 Probe for an ultrasound machine 0 2012
 
Jacobs, Odeleya (1)
D465847 Tongue scraper 49 2001
 
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (1)
6,019,773 Tongue cleaner 12 1999
 
SUNSTAR AMERICAS, INC. (1)
D527821 Combined tongue scraper and brush 5 2004
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (6)
5,980,541 Oral hygiene device 40 1998
6,402,768 Device for cleaning a human tongue 33 2000
D447238 Tongue scraping tool 29 2000
8,070,763 Disposable oral hygiene instrument and methods and packages for same 0 2004
D622381 Surgical retractor with suction tip 1 2009
D679003 Sanitary wiping device with disposable tip 0 2011