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Publication numberUS1343713 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 15, 1920
Filing dateJan 27, 1920
Priority dateJan 27, 1920
Publication numberUS 1343713 A, US 1343713A, US-A-1343713, US1343713 A, US1343713A
InventorsFuller Clarence W
Original AssigneeFuller Clarence W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dental massage and polishing appliance
US 1343713 A
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Patented June 15, 1920.






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Application filed January 27. 1920. Serial No. 354,440.

T all ((ILOl/L it may concern.

1 Be it known that I, (LAnENcE IV. FULLER, alcitizen of the United States of America, re s'iding at Yonkers, New York, have invented a new and useful Dental Massage and Polishing Appliance, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to a new and improved appliance for massaging the gums and polishing the teeth. It is a well known fact that in the treatment of Riggs disease, it is essential to stimulate the circulation in the gums and this can not be accomplished save by some special means other than a tooth brush. Sometimes the bare finger is employed for that purpose, but with only indifferent success. I have devised a means by which the finger may be used for this purpose but with an appliance thereon specially designed to excite the desired circulation without injury to the tissues. At the same time, the appliance may be used to effectively clean and polish the teeth.

I have shown my invention in only its preferred form.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a perspective View of the human finger with the appliance thereon.

Fig. 2 is a. plan view of the dei'ice by itself.

r Fig. 3 is a section on the line 3-3 of "Fig. 2.

l represents the main body of the finger piece which is made. of fabric resembling generally a pile fabric in which the rough surface is on the outside. This finger piece is open on the back or top and has a closed tip into which the tip of the finger fits. 2 is an elastic insert on the back of the tip which causes the said tip to snugly fit the end of the linger. I is an elastic strip connecting the opposite edges of the body I. at or near the rear end. -l represents an internal lining for the bottom of the main body arranged to rest inside of the finger. This lining is preferably made from such material as oiled silk and is suitably connected at its side edges to the body 1. Between the lining 4 and the adjacent part of the body 1 is a pocket into which may be inserted suitable tooth powder. 5-5 represent small outlets in the main body 1 through which the powder may polishing the teeth when the device is to be used for that purpose. It will be seen that when the device is slipped on to the finger the outer side of the finger is partially uncovered. which I find is desirable in that the device occupies less room in the mouth between the gum and the cheek. When the device is placed on the finger, the finger may be introduced into the mouth in the usual way and the outer or roughened surface of the said finger 6 may. be rubbed vigorously on the gums to excite circulation, at the same time without danger of injury thereto. hen the device is to be used as a tooth polishing device, a tooth powder may be introduced into the pocket as aforesaid and will work outwardly by the pressure of the finger on the lining 4 passing either through the openings 55 or through the pores of the fabric. Indeed, it may be found that special openings 5-5 may be omitted since the mesh of the fabric itself may be sufficiently open to permit the powder to work through when pressure is applied.

IVhat I claim is:

l. A dental massage and polishing appliance comprising, a fabric finger piece open at the back and provided with elastic contracting means, the outer surface of said fabric finger piece being relatively rough for the purpose described. a water-proof lining on the inside of the finger piece in position to be engaged by the inside of the finger when the same is in use.

2. A dental massage and polishing appliance comprising, a fabric finger piece open at the back and provided with spaced elastic contracting means at the tip and at the rear. the exposed surface of said finger piece being relatively rough for the purpose described.


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U.S. Classification15/227, 2/21, 601/139
International ClassificationA46B5/00, A46B5/04
Cooperative ClassificationA46B5/04
European ClassificationA46B5/04