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Publication numberUS1144777 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 29, 1915
Filing dateSep 22, 1914
Priority dateSep 22, 1914
Publication numberUS 1144777 A, US 1144777A, US-A-1144777, US1144777 A, US1144777A
InventorsEdwin Gould Over
Original AssigneeEdwin Gould Over
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sanitary tooth-cleaner.
US 1144777 A
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Patented June 29, 1915 WITNESSES FFQ.


SANITARY TOOTH-(311m Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented June 29, 1915.

Application filed September 22, 1914. Serial No. 863,004.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, EDWIN G. OVER, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Fort Worth, in the county of Tarrant and State of Texas, have invented an Improvement in Sanitary Tooth-Cleaners, of which the following is a specification.

The object of the invention is to provide an inexpensive, efl'ective,and sanitary device adapted to serve as a substitute for a brush in cleaning the teeth.

The device comprises two pockets, the partition between which is extended. One pocket is formed of thin, close-mesh fabric adapted to receive the index finger, and the outer side of the other pocket is formed of an open-mesh fabric through which toothpowder readily passes. The extension of the partition beyond the pockets serves as a pull-piece and also for clamping upon the finger when the device is being used.

The details of construction, arrangement, and combination of parts are hereinafter described, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a view representing the device as applied to the index finger and clamped thereon as when in use. Fig. 2 is a plan view of the device with the close-mesh fabric forming the face. Fig. 3 is a plan view of the opposite side of the device. Fig. 4 is an enlarged longitudinal section of the device, powder being shown contained in the pocket having the open-mesh face. Fig. is a cross section on the line 5-5 of Fig. 4. In Figs. 4 and 5, 1 indicates the finger pocket and 2 the powder pocket; 3 indicates the partition between the pockets, and 3 the extended portion of the same which serves as a pulland clamp-piece as hereinafter described. The outer or face side of the finger pocket and also the partition 3 are made of close-mesh fabricthrou h which tooth powder cannot pass, while t e face or outer side of the powder pocket is made of coarse-mesh fabric through which tooth-powder may readily pass. A quantity of powder is shown in Fig. 4 contained in the pocket 2.

In using the device, a quantity of powder having been deposited in the pocket 2, the index finger is inserted in the pocket 1 and the device is drawn on to the finger by pulling the extension 3 of the partition; then the extension 3* being clamped by the thumb against the index finger as shown in Fig. 1, the side of the device having the coarsemesh fabric is rubbed against the teeth, thus effectively cleaning them.

It will be understood that the loosely woven fabric constituting one face of the powder pocket may be made of cheese-cloth or gauze, and that the powder deposited in the pocket readily escapes when moistened and is thus rubbed on the teeth. The device is exceedingly convenient and efi'ective for this purpose, and waste of tooth-powder is effectually prevented. The device is very inexpensive and entirely sanitary, because it is not intended to be used a second time.

I claim The, improved sanitary device, two pockets arranged back to back, one formed of close-woven fabric which is impervious to tooth-powder, and the other hav-' ing its face or outer side formed of relatively coarse-mesh fabric which is permeable to tooth-powder, the partition dividing the two pockets being also impervious to powder and extended a considerable distance beyond the mouths of the pockets, whereby it is adapted to serve as a pullpiece and for clamping and holding the device in place on the finger when being used,

as described.


W. S. GASMAN, R. A. W001).


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U.S. Classification401/7, 401/201, 2/21
Cooperative ClassificationA47L13/19