Tongue cleaner

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United States of America Patent

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5792159

SERIAL NO

08780901

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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(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Amin, Jatin N 6 Dayton Dr., Apt. No. 20-A, Edison, NJ 08820 1 102

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (6)
* 4455704 Toothbrush and tongue cleaner 87 1982
D285342 Tongue cleaner 9 1984
D332352 Tongue brush 13 1990
* 5061272 Tongue cleaner 20 1990
* 5226197 Tongue hygiene device 130 1992
D360262 Tongue scraper 12 1994
 
JAMES B. COPELAN TRUST DATED DECEMBER 30, 1988, JAMES B. COPELAN, TRUSTEE, THE (1)
* 5445825 Disposable personal dental hygiene assembly 59 1992
 
SUZMAN, COLIN (1)
D367707 Tongue scraper 30 1994
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (17)
* 5980541 Oral hygiene device 60 1998
* 6402768 Device for cleaning a human tongue 50 2000
D447238 Tongue scraping tool 41 2000
8070763 Disposable oral hygiene instrument and methods and packages for same 0 2004
D622381 Surgical retractor with suction tip 2 2009
D679003 Sanitary wiping device with disposable tip 1 2011
* 9498240 Device for cleaning a tongue and method of use 0 2012
D704835 Surgical retractor with suction tip 3 2012
* 8925135 Implement for cleaning areas surrounding the eyes 2 2013
* 9326644 Implement for cleaning areas surrounding the eyes 0 2014
D771813 Tongue cleaning vacuum attachment 0 2015
* D765249 Tongue cleaner 0 2015
D774308 Tongue cleaner 0 2015
* D778058 Tongue cleaner 0 2016
* D778059 Tongue cleaner 0 2016
* D777444 Tongue cleaner 0 2016
* D777445 Tongue cleaner 0 2016
 
GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER HEALTHCARE GMBH & CO KG (1)
* 2008/0208,228 Tongue Cleaning Device Comprising Tongue Cleaning Elements Of Different Materials 11 2006
 
DEXTERA SURGICAL INC. (1)
7794471 Compliant anastomosis system 7 2004
 
BIOCURV MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS, INC. (1)
9265513 Tongue cleaning device 0 2005
 
SHARP, DAVID R. (1)
* 2007/0049,955 Oral hygiene device 0 2005
 
ERGONOMIC DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (39)
6230355 Lingual toothbrush 8 1999
D431908 Toothbrush head with bristles 21 1999
D430401 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 23 1999
D428256 Toothbrush 21 1999
D428260 Anterior lingual toothbrush 23 1999
D434564 Anterior lingual toothbrush 0 2000
D431722 Toothbrush 1 2000
D431366 Toothbrush 2 2000
D443140 Toothbrush head with bristles 0 2000
D462175 Toothbrush 1 2000
D462176 Toothbrush 3 2000
D458452 Toothbrush 1 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 6 2000
D439745 Toothbrush head with bristles 0 2000
D438385 Toothbrush head with bristles 6 2000
D445571 Toothbrush head 1 2000
D443141 Toothbrush head 2 2000
D443142 Toothbrush head 16 2000
6438786 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 8 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 3 2002
D461314 Toothbrush handle 2 2002
D480876 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 2 2002
D468538 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2002
D467081 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 2 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
 
Dr. Bobʼs Ltd. (1)
* 2003/0116,884 Method for making a tongue cleaning device 28 2001
 
ESAOTE S.P.A. (1)
D687153 Probe for an ultrasound machine 6 2012
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (40)
* 5938673 Tongue cleaning device 46 1998
7143462 Oral care implement 103 2004
7273327 Oral care implement 34 2004
7607189 Oral care implement 33 2004
* 2006/0010,628 Oral care implement 44 2004
7725980 Oral care implement 15 2004
7908699 Oral care implement 11 2004
7721376 Oral care implement 30 2004
7845042 Oral care implement 28 2005
7836539 Oral care implement 1 2005
7841041 Oral care implement 24 2006
7975343 Toothbrush 4 2006
7962991 Toothbrush 5 2006
7322067 Oral care implement 44 2006
8201298 Toothbrush with low profile head 2 2007
7954191 Toothbrush 0 2007
8628263 Oral care implement 0 2007
8281448 Oral care implement having one or more moving sections 0 2007
7950100 Oral care implement 4 2007
8151397 Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions 3 2008
8042214 Oral care implement 0 2009
8281446 Oral care implement 0 2009
8393042 Oral care implement 6 2009
8550736 Oral care implement 4 2010
7975346 Oral care implement 1 2010
8091170 Oral care implement 5 2010
8079110 Oral care implement 1 2010
8522386 Oral care implement 0 2011
8561247 Oral care implement 0 2011
8876221 Oral care implement 0 2011
8800093 Oral care implement 0 2011
8806695 Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions 1 2012
8578546 Oral care implement having one or more moving pieces 0 2012
8990996 Toothbrush 0 2012
8839481 Oral care implement 0 2013
8800091 Oral care implement 1 2013
8857919 Oral care implement having one or more moving sections 0 2013
9167888 Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions 0 2014
9545148 Oral care implement 0 2014
9271564 Oral care implement having one or more moving sections 0 2014
 
INTER-MED, INC. (1)
* 2009/0111,069 Tongue scraper and suction device 12 2008
 
Jacobs, Odeleya (1)
D465847 Tongue scraper 64 2001
 
BIOSYRX GP (1)
* 2005/0065,411 Tongue depressing device 7 2004
 
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (1)
* 6019773 Tongue cleaner 12 1999
 
SUNSTAR AMERICAS, INC. (2)
D527821 Combined tongue scraper and brush 10 2004
* 2006/0052,805 Tongue scraper and brush 12 2004
 
RECKITT BENCKISER (UK) LIMITED (2)
* 9060583 Device and method 1 2005
* 2007/0215,590 Device and Method 1 2005
* Cited By Examiner