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Publication numberUS1608212 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 23, 1926
Filing dateMar 19, 1925
Priority dateMar 19, 1925
Publication numberUS 1608212 A, US 1608212A, US-A-1608212, US1608212 A, US1608212A
InventorsHochstadter Harry C
Original AssigneeHochstadter Harry C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dental floss holder
US 1608212 A
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Nov. 23 1926.

Q c. HOCHSTADTER DENTAL FLOSS HOLDER Filed March 19. 1925 5 fill/l5 2-23 FIG. I.



Patented Nov. 23, 1926.



Application filed March 19, 1925. Serial ITo. 16,601. A

This invention, generallyystated, relates to containers and has more especial relation .to a holder for receiving and maintaining in a sanitary condition dental floss.

The leading object of the present inven tion may be said to reside in a holder of the character stated in whichv desired lengths of dental floss may be withdrawnfrom the holder without exposing the main supply of material.

A further object of the present invention resides in the provision of meanswhereby that portion of the dental floss being fed forwardly may be interlocked with respect to the neck of the holder when desired. Other and further objects of the present invention reside in the provision of general details of construction and arrangement of parts for attaining theresults sought by the above objects. Other/and further objects not at this time appearing will be hereinafter referred to.

The invention consists ofthe novel construction hereinafter described and finally claimed. j V s The nature, characteristic features and. scope of the invention will be more fully understood from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings forming part hereof, and in which F ig. 1, is a view in perspective of a dental floss holder embodying features of the invention.

Fig. 2, is a view in longitudinal section taken upon the line 22 of Fig. l.

Fig. ,3, is a view in cross section taken upon the line 3-8 of Fig. 2.

Fig. 4, is a view in cross section taken upon the line 4tt of Fig. 2; and

Fig. 5, is a view in cross section taken upon the line 5-5 of Fig. 2.

For the purpose of illustrating my invention I have shown in the accompanying drawings one form thereof which is at present preferred by me, since the same has been practice the receptacle 1 is made of glass although obviously other Imaterial may be employed if desired. The open end or neck of the receptacle 1 is designated 3 and in the present instance is shown as being screwthreaded for the removable reception of 'a cap 4, preferably of metal, and interior-1y screw-threaded for cooperation with the exteriorly screw-threaded neck 3 0f receptacle 1. The outer end of cap a is provided with a socket 5 the inner wall 6 of which socket is apertured at '7. Arranged in the space within the cap-and between the wall 6 and the outer circumference of the receptacle neck are a plurality of discs, two of which are shown, and which are-designated 8 and 9, and at least one of which, preferably that designated 9, is aperturedas at 10. These discs may be of hard fibre or other suitable material. These discs are of a diameter so as to more or lesssnugly engage the inner wall of cap 4, as clearly illustrated in Fig. 2. Fitted to socket of cap 4 is a conical shaped tip 11 preferably of relatively soft rubber so as not to injure the mouth of the user. The tip has extended therethrough a'longitudinal passage 12 in registerwith the aperture 7 of the inner .wall 6 to cap 5, best seen in Fig.

2 The cap 5 preferably has secured adjacent its outer end a cutting device 13 whereby the used end of a strand of dental floss may be cut off after use.

In use aloose end of the dental floss is passed between the inner wall of cap 4 and the circumferentialedge of disc. 8, thence upwardly and downwardly through aperture 10 of disc 9 and thereafter downwardly and outwardly through aperture 7 in wall 6 and passage 12 as clearly illustrated in Fig. 2. WVith the cap 4 screwed down tightly to place, as shown in Fig. 2, the strand of dental floss is firmly clamped between the inner wall of cap f and the circumferential edge of disc 8. 111 this position the strand of dental floss is positively locked with respect to cap l and no dental floss can be pulled through tip 11. However, upon loosening of cap 4 with respect to the neck of receptacle 1 the user by pulling upon the end 14 of the strand of dental floss can secure the amount desired because pull exerted upon the end 14 of the dental floss causes disc 8 to suficiently tilt to remove the tension previously exerted upon the strand of no dental floss as is readily apparent.

It will now be apparent that I have devised a novel and useful construction which embodies the features of advantage enumer ated as desirable in the staternent of the invention and the above description and while I have in the present instance shown and described the preferred embodiment thereof which has been found in practice to give satisfactory and reliable results, it is to be understood that the same is susceptible of modification in various particularswithout departing from the spiritor scope ofthe invention or sacrificing any of its advantages. a i Having thus described my invention, what I clain as new and tersPatent, is;

1. An article of the character stated, comprising a receptacle for containing dental floss, a closure adj u stablyfsecured upon the neck of said receptacle, said closure having an apertured socket therein, a pair of discs one of which isiapertured, arranged between the neck of the receptacle and said socket, anapertured conical tip fitted tosaid socket and dental floss contained within said receptacle having astrand thereof passed between a disc edge and said receptacleneck,

thence through the aperture of a disc and finally out throughsaid tip, whereby proper adjustment of said closure results in tension being removed from said strand of dental floss. a d a 2. An article of the character stated, comprising a receptacle the neck of which is shaped to receive a closure,a closure consists ing of a cap: reinovably fitted ,to the neck of said receptacle, said cap having an aperdesire to secure by Letp H k socket and havingapassage therethrough 1n register ,with the socketaperture, and

tured socket, a plurality of discs arranged within said cap between" the receptacle neck and said socket, at least one of said discs being apertured, and a conical tip fitted to said socket and having a passage therethrou h in register with the socket aperture.

3.- n article of the character stated, comprising a receptacle the neck of which is shaped to receive a closure, a closure consistingpf a cap reniov ably fitted to, the neck-of said re epmcie, said cap' having an s ar, tured socket, a lurality of discs a ranged; within said cap between the, receptacle neck. and said socket, at l ashes; of said discs being apertured, a conicaljtipfitted to "said;

a cutter arranged at the tor-t ara end of said cap. 4. An article of the character statecl,comprising a receptacle of transparent inafte rial, the neck of which is sha an) receive a closure, aclosure of thininetal ass m l secured to said receptacle, said closurehaving an apertured s0cket, a"tip of relatively pliable material having a passage th're through fitted to said secket, a pair of 4 a u l H i washers one of whichisapertured, arranged between said receptacle end and said socket,"

and dental floss withinsaid receptacle a strand of which is threaded betv've'en the inner wall of said cap and the circumferential; edge of a washerraridytlirough another washer and thence through said tip In testimony ,whereof li have hereunto signed my name.

HARRY, o; HooHs'r D'rEn.

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U.S. Classification132/326
International ClassificationA61C15/04, A61C15/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61C15/043
European ClassificationA61C15/04C