US 1660096 A
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Feb. 2l, 1928. 1,660,096
GUM MASSAGING IMILEMENT Filed Sept. 15. 1926 Patented Feb. 2l, 1928.
sEYMoUascHIELE, or saQLoUIs, MISSOURI.
eoM-Miissxerire IMPLEMENm Application led September 13, 1926. lSerialr 110.135,012.
My invention relates to. improvements in gum'massaging implements, and has yfor its primary object an implement whereby the gums may be massaged so as to harden the same and restore the proper circulation of blood therein and restore them to a healthy condition. .y Y
Another object is to construct a gum massaging implement by means of which medica-` ment can be applied to the gums duringthe massaging thereby making my implement extremely valuable in t-he treatment of pyorrhea as a medicament can be applied simultaneously with the massaging of the gums. A still further object is to construct a gum massaging implement which has a resilient massaging head, the head also being sufficiently flexible to bend `so as to conformto the shape of the gums, both on their inside and outside, and still not be stiff enough tol injure the lining of the mouth when the end of the head comes incontact therewith.
A still further object is to construct a gum massaging implement in which the massagl ing head is tapered so that it can reach far back along the gums between the gums land the cheek thereby permitting all part of'the gums tobe reached duringjthe massaging.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of my device;
Fig. 2 is a vertical longitudinal section of the same; 0
Fig. 3 is a vertical longitudinal section of the massaging head removed from the handle l Fig. 4 is an end view of the massaging head; and
Fig. 5 is a cross section taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 3.
In carrying out my device I provide a handle 6 which is hollow and which is closed at one end as indicated by the numeral 7. The opposite end of the handle is reduced so as to form a neck portion 8. This neck is provided on its outer end with an external bead or iange 9. By providing a reduced neck portion a flange err abutment 10 is formed be-` tween the neck and the handle proper. Secured over the neck and retained in position by means of the bead is a massaging head which has a tapered portion 11 and astraight portion 12. The straight portion 1211s provided with abead or stiening ring 13 and with a bore The bore 14'is provided with an inwardly;inclined-groove l5. This groove lextends' only kpartially aro-und the bore` as -in. .dicated by dotted lines in Fig. 4, the purpose of this will be explained in detail later.
The tapered portion 11 is provided with a front or massaging face 16 and with .a back 60 17. y, The tapered `portion is also provided with a bore 18.whi,ch extends partially there.- through and which communicates with the borevlt.v The massaging face, 16 is provided with a plurality of corrugations 19 or other 65 irregularities through which perforations 20 Y are formed. The corrugations 19 in conjunction with the bore 18 form pocketsv 21 in which medicament `from the hollow handle is designed to lodge. The massaging head is preferably made so that that portion of the back nearest the handle is stiffer than-the Vportion adjacent the vend or point 22. This is to prevent they head from iexing too close to the handle withthe possiblerresult of leaknge, and it. alsoA kprovides forl bet-ter fric'- tional contact withthe length of the'head. y y
It will benoted thatthe massaging face ofthe` head is relatively thin vso that when .80 pressure is applied during themassaging it will be a tendency for the corrugations to close the passage 18 or at least partially close the same and to restrict the flow of medicament through the openings 20.
The manner of assembling my device is as follows The handle 6 which is formed of glass, bakelite, hard rubber or similar material,.is first filled with a medicament. The massaginghead is then placed in position by o0 introducing the bead or flange 9 into the beginning of the inclined recess or groove 15, and by turningthe head the samewill radually screw itself on over'the bead, it eing understood, of course, that as the beady passes into the groove and passes from the groove at its innermost position, it will force the rubber or' resilient material, out of which the head is made, outward and thus form a thread for itself. This thread, however, as 10o soon as the bead has passed will again contact and fit tightly around the neck of the handle as illustrated in Fig. 2 thereby effectually preventing any leaka e of medicament between the handle an the rear end gums throughout the of the massaging head.
Y that the massaging The massaging Vhead is preferably made of rubber as it is resilient, exihle, and 05ers a good friction surface without any danger of scratching or injuring the gums although I do not desire to limit myself to rubber as there may be other materials which will ac.- complish the same result. y y
After the implement has been thus assembled, it is handled in the same manner as an ordinary tooth brush except Ythat instead of operating on the teeth, the gumsare .mas-Y saged both on the outside and the inside.
My device is not intended forcleaning the teeth but is designed, purely and simply, for
gum massaging and therefore is not tobe confused with various tooth brushes onrthe market. While I have shown the handle in my device as having" an offset'portion, I do not desire to-limit myself to this precise con` struction as the handle fcan be made perfectly straight wit-hout in any way effecting the utility of my device. l
An important feature of my device is head while being both flexible and resilient is still sufliciently rigid so as to preifent'its doublingy over upon itself because iffthis would happen,
is notJ violent enough to cause any soreness Vvor irritation of the gums.
to stimulate the flow of blood Having fully described my invention, what I claim is: V
l. A gum massagingimplement compris-k ing a hollow handle closed at one end, .a reduced neck formed on the opposite end of said handle, and a hollow tapered massaging head closed at one end and gradually decreasing in flexibility toward the end opposite theclosed end mounted on said neck, the
massaging surface of said head being of uniform. :thickness throughout and the remainder of said head gradually decreasing in thickness toward the closed end.V
2. A gum massaging implement comprisy ing duced: neck formed on the opposite end of a hollow handle closed at one end', a .re-r
said handle, a bead surrounding the outer end lof lsaid neck, and atapered massaging head having a relatively thin corrugated and perforate massaging face 'ofuniforin thickness throughout and a relatively thick.
tapering portion opposite said massaging face mounted on said neck.
3. A gumv massaging implement comprishandle closed.. at one end,the. of saidhandle being offset, a
ing a hollow opposite end reduced neck provided with an .outwardly kextending bead formed on lthe offset portion of the handle, and a flexible resilient hollow tapering massaging heady removably secured on said neck, the massa-ging surface of said head being smooth form resiliency throughout and the remain- 4der of said head increasing in thickness from its outer end to the neck .of said handle.`
yIn testimony whereof I have affixed my signature;
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