US Patent No: 5,967,152

Number of patents in Portfolio can not be more than 2000

Oral cleaning apparatus

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Abstract

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A disposable oral cleaning apparatus for cleaning and removing particles and bacteria from the upper surface of the tongue, including an elongated handle having a solution storage cavity, an attachment utensil partially stored in the cavity, and a head component. The attachment has a brush for applying the solution to a surface of the mouth, and a cap for sealably closing the opening of the cavity. A flexible connector connects the elongated handle and the head component. The head component has multiple cleaning portions including a pre-cleaning portion, a main-cleaning portion and an absorbent portion to provide an initial cleaning of the coating of the tongue, a secondary deep cleansing of the pores of the tongue, and a final absorption and removal of all debris. The oral cleaning apparatus is adapted to promote proper cleansing of the tongue and inner mouth so as to eliminate oral bacteria and bad breath, and promote proper oral hygiene.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
AMTEC PRODUCTS, INC.FLOSSMOOR, IL0

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Rimkus, Ronald J Flossmoor, IL 3 177

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (20)
* 4,488,327 Combination toothbrush and tongue scraper 72 1983
* 4,582,059 Tongue cleaning instrument 24 1984
D285342 Tongue cleaner 8 1984
* 4,638,521 Oral cleaning device 42 1985
* 4,957,125 Toothbrushing assembly 41 1989
* 5,005,246 Replaceable tooth brush with tongue scaler 106 1989
* 5,061,272 Tongue cleaner 20 1990
* 5,217,475 Tongue scrapers 48 1991
* 5,282,814 Instrument for cleaning the top of the human tongue with antiseptic strip 34 1992
* 5,226,197 Tongue hygiene device 126 1992
* 5,377,703 Dental cleansing device 5 1993
* 5,438,726 Tooth cleaning system with timer and signaling means 128 1994
* 5,613,262 Lingual brush 108 1994
* 5,569,278 Arcuate tongue scraper 28 1995
* 5,530,981 Toothbrush having a tongue scraper disposed therein 50 1995
D378411 Combined hygienic tongue scraper and cleaner 8 1996
D383540 Oral scraper 5 1996
* 5,735,864 Disposable tongue cleaner 78 1997
* 5,842,247 Combination toothbrush and tongue brush 34 1997
* 5,865,195 Oral hygiene system 26 1997
 
SUZMAN, COLIN (1)
D367707 Tongue scraper 25 1994
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (7)
* 6,402,768 Device for cleaning a human tongue 44 2000
* 6,325,070 Brush for holding at least one of a fluid dispensing device and other items therein 19 2000
* 6,440,149 Tongue and tooth cleaning device 35 2001
6,921,409 Tongue cleaning device 6 2001
8,070,763 Disposable oral hygiene instrument and methods and packages for same 0 2004
D542541 Brush tip 8 2006
* 2012/0082,955 SALIVA SUCTION SYSTEM 0 2010
 
ENDO INVENTIONS, LLC (2)
* 8,328,552 Apparatus for cleaning a root canal system 0 2012
* 2012/0148,979 Apparatus For Cleaning A Root Canal System 1 2012
 
Ultradent Products, Inc. (1)
6,895,624 Powered tongue cleaning device 10 2002
 
DENTAL CONCEPTS LLC (1)
* 6,139,558 Oral hygiene appliance 6 1999
 
WIEGNER, GEORG (1)
6,360,398 Toothbrush having an exchangeable bristle plate 18 2000
 
Johnson Therapeutic, LLC (2)
* 2005/0091,854 Apparatus and methods for providing oral tactile stimulation while delivering food 2 2003
D523299 Textured spoon 10 2005
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (40)
* 7,389,781 Toothbrush assembly 2 2003
7,143,462 Oral care implement 83 2004
7,273,327 Oral care implement 31 2004
7,607,189 Oral care implement 24 2004
* 2006/0010,628 Oral care implement 35 2004
7,725,980 Oral care implement 14 2004
7,908,699 Oral care implement 8 2004
7,721,376 Oral care implement 24 2004
7,845,042 Oral care implement 20 2005
7,836,539 Oral care implement 1 2005
7,594,293 Oral care implement 18 2005
7,841,041 Oral care implement 18 2006
7,975,343 Toothbrush 3 2006
7,962,991 Toothbrush 4 2006
7,322,067 Oral care implement 36 2006
8,523,888 Oral care implement 0 2006
8,201,298 Toothbrush with low profile head 1 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 4 2007
* 8,234,741 Oral care implement having tissue cleanser 0 2008
8,151,397 Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions 3 2008
8,042,214 Oral care implement 0 2009
8,281,446 Oral care implement 0 2009
8,393,042 Oral care implement 5 2009
8,550,736 Oral care implement 2 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
8,876,221 Oral care implement 0 2011
8,800,093 Oral care implement 0 2011
8,806,695 Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions 0 2012
8,578,546 Oral care implement having one or more moving pieces 0 2012
8,990,996 Toothbrush 0 2012
8,839,481 Oral care implement 0 2013
8,800,091 Oral care implement 0 2013
8,857,919 Oral care implement having one or more moving sections 0 2013
 
ARGO, MR. RANDY (1)
* 7,617,560 Compact collapsible squeegee 3 2006
 
Jacobs, Odeleya (1)
D465847 Tongue scraper 56 2001
 
ICP MEDICAL, LLC (1)
D504019 Suction toothbrush head 1 2004
 
MCNEIL-PPC, INC. (1)
* 7,044,671 Applicator for cleaning teeth 17 2003
* Cited By Examiner