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Publication numberUS1731302 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 15, 1929
Filing dateApr 22, 1929
Priority dateApr 22, 1929
Publication numberUS 1731302 A, US 1731302A, US-A-1731302, US1731302 A, US1731302A
InventorsErringer James W
Original AssigneeErringer James W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Teething device
US 1731302 A
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J. W. ERRINGER TEETHING DEVICE Filed April 22, 1929 Oct. 15, 1929.

Patented Oct. 15, 1929 UNITED STATES JAMES W. ERRINGER, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS TEETHING DEVICE Appucanrm mea April 22,

This invention relates to devices for use in treating inflammation of the mouth and throat where dry cold or other applications are indicated, and is particularly adapted for use as a teething device for infants.

The main object of the invention is to produce a teething device which shall not only be yielding, but cooling tothe gums, so as to reduce inflammation and suffering without v the cooling medium being absorbed by the stomach of the infant.

A further object is to so construct the device that it may be held by the infant without chilling the hands.

vice that the part which will beheld in the mouth and pressed between the gums will not collapse and will present yielding but desirably firm, pressure-resisting surfaces, to

aid the teething operation.

Another feature of the invention is the means for closing the opening through which the device may be filled with ice or other treatment medium.

l/Vhen used to allay inflammation of the gums due to teething, the nipple shown is particularly desirable for the reason that 1t 1s designed to provide a maximum of contact surface for the inflamed parts to engage, whereby the effectiveness of the treatment is increased. y

While I have shown my invention as embodied in a device more particularly adapted for use in allaying inflammation of infants gums due to teething and for a ssistingthe process of dentition without inJury to the parts, it is to be understood that the invention may be used in the treatment of stomatitis, tonsilitis and post operations in the oral cavity and throat.

In the drawings Figure 1 is an elevation of a teething device embodying my invention.

Figure 2 is a vertical section. Y

Figure 3 is a horizontal section taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 2.

Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 3,

showing the cross section of the neck of the nipple when the gum contact surfaces have been pressed toward each other.

A further ob'ect is to so construct the de- 1929. Serial No. 356,923.

Vrow side walls 7. VBelow the walls 6 and 7 of the neck, the' nipple gradually becomes substantially circular in cross section andV widens outwardly until it merges into the container body. Preferably the surfaces 6 are curved to conform to the shape of the gums when the nipple is held in the mouth.

If desired, one or more ribs 8 may be formed at the top of the container body 9, which is substantially cylindrical and terminates in a bead 10 which surrounds the lower open end.

Externally of the body 9, and lextending longitudinally and substantially from the top to the bottom of the body, between the ribs 8 and bead 10, are a plurality of radially directed fins 11. The function of the fins is to prevent direct contact of the infants hands with the surface of the container 9, and to make it comfortable for the infant to hold the device when filled with ice.

The walls 6 of the neck of the nipple are provided on their inner surfaces 12 witha plurality of inwardly directed teeth 13. The c teeth on each side of the surfaces 12 are 85 spaced apart from each other a distance substantially equal to the width of av tooth, and the teeth on one surface 12 are positioned so as to be opposite the spaces 14 between the teeth on the opposite surfaces 12. When the surfaces 6 are pressed between the gums of the infant using the device, the teeth 13 assume the position shown in Figure 4C and the nipple will be prevented from collapsing, and at the same time, firm, though yielding, pressure-resisting surfaces are presented for the gums of the infant to contact with, whereby teething is facilitated.

`To close the open flower end of the container, a closure button 15 is provided. It 100 comprises a disk having a circumferential groove 16 in its edge, about midway betweeny moisture-proof fit is secured between thev closure button and container'.

The treatment medium, in this instance ice, is indicated at 20.

Changes may be made in details of cerstruction without departing from the scope of my invention.

I claim as my invention :v

l. A teething device comprising` an imperforate nipple, a cooling medium container in communication with the interior of said nipple, having an opening in the container for the reception of cooling medium, and means for closing said opening, the head of the nipple being narrower in one dimension than in. the other and having two oppositely positioned, relatively wide and flat guinecontact surfaces connected together by narrower side walls.

2. A teething device comprising an impeiforate nipple, a cooling` medium container in communication with the interior of said nipple, having an opening in the container for the reception of cooling medium, and means for closing said opening, the head of the nipple being narrower in one dimension than in the other and havingtwo oppositely positioned, relatively wide and flat gum-contact surfaces connected together by narrower side walls, said contact walls having a plurality of inwardly directed teeth on their inner surfaces.

3. A teething device comprising an iinperforate nipple, a cooling medium container in communication with the interior of said nipple, having an opening in the container for the reception of cooling n'iediuin, and means for closing said opening, said nipple having a plurality of horizontally disposed, `inwardly directed, spaced apart teeth on the inner surfaces of opposite walls, the teeth on one wallbeing opposite the spaces between the teeth on the opposite wall.

A1A teething device comprising an iinperforate nipple, a cooling medium container in communication with the interior of said nipple, having an opening in the container for the reception of cooling medium, and means for closing said opening, the container having a plurality of radially directed, longitudinally extending fins on its outer surface, the head of the nipple being narrower in one dimension than in the other, and having two oppositely positioned, relatively wide and flat gum-contact walls connected together by narrower sidewalls, and a plurality of inwardly-directed teeth on the inner surfaces of said contact walls.

6. A teething device comprising an i1n' perfoiate nipple, a cooling medium container in communication with the inteiior of said nipple, having an opening in the container for the reception of cooling medium, and means for closing said opening, the container having a plurality of radially directed, longitudinally extending ns on its outer surface, said nipple having' a plurality of horizontally disposed, inwardly directed, spaced apart teeth on the inner surfaces of opposite walls, the teeth on one wall being opposite the spaces between the teeth onthe opposite wall.

. 7. A teething device comprising an Vimperforate nipple and a cooling medium container in communication withvthe interior of said nipple, the container having an opening perforate nipple and a cooling medium container integral with the nipple and made of yielding materiahsuch as rubber, thecontainer having an opening for the reception of the cooling medium, and means for closing said opening, said closing means coniprsing a disk of non-yielding material liaving a groovein its edge in which the bottoni of the container may be seater 9. A teething device comprising an iinperforate nippleand a cooling medium' container integral with the nipple and made of Vyielding material, such as rubber, the container having an opening for the reception of the coolingmediuin, radially directed, longitudinally extending fins, formed integrally with the bodyV member on its outer surface, and means for closing said opening, said closing means comprising a disk of nonvyielding material having a groove in its edge in which the bottom of the container may be seated.

In testimony, that I, claimt-he foregoing as my invention, laiiix my signature, this 18th day of April, 1929. i

JAMES W. ERRDTGER.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification606/235, 604/113
International ClassificationA61J17/02, A61J17/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61J17/02
European ClassificationA61J17/02