|Publication number||US20060027246 A1|
|Application number||US 10/913,411|
|Publication date||Feb 9, 2006|
|Filing date||Aug 9, 2004|
|Priority date||Aug 9, 2004|
|Publication number||10913411, 913411, US 2006/0027246 A1, US 2006/027246 A1, US 20060027246 A1, US 20060027246A1, US 2006027246 A1, US 2006027246A1, US-A1-20060027246, US-A1-2006027246, US2006/0027246A1, US2006/027246A1, US20060027246 A1, US20060027246A1, US2006027246 A1, US2006027246A1|
|Original Assignee||Wilkinson William T|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (5), Classifications (8)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to an oral care system. More particularly it relates to a system, which has a single handle and power source and multiple dedicated instruments that interconnect to handle. Each instrument is dedicated to one functional use. The current market place has many powered dental instruments but each instrument has its own power source. Thus, if the individual has a power tooth-brush and a power-flosser, the individual has two power handles. The individual has to purchase, store and maintain two power handles. This costs extra money and requires extra storage and resultant clutter.
Therefore there is a need for an oral care system that has a single power source and multiple instruments. Because of the compactness and simplicity of this system, each individual can have their own system.
Further, this invention allows the replacement of worn/dirty instruments or the use of single service/disposable instruments without the replacement of the handle.
This invention is an oral care cleaning system with a handle with an adapter at one end with a means to accept different oral hygiene instruments. The instruments are configured such that they attach to the adapter contained in the handle. The handle can contain a means to vibrate, oscillate, pulsate, slowly rotate or more rapidly spin the adapter. The handle can have one or more pressure switches or slide switches to actuate one or more of the motions of the adapter. The adapter is driven by a battery-powered electric motor or a low voltage cord powered electric motor. In the case of a battery powered motor the batteries can be located in the handle and can be either single service/disposable or re-chargeable. The handle can contain a power receptacle or electrical contacts to charge the rechargeable battery
The device has a selection of oral hygiene instruments that connect to the handle. These instruments include but are not limited to, a toothbrush, flosser, gum massager, tooth pick, whitener/polisher, mirror, tongue scraper, sonic cleaner, and water discharge nozzle connected to a water source. These instruments can be either manually operated or motorized, and they can be permanent/reusable or single service/disposable use. The oral hygiene instruments connect to the handle by twist lock, pressure fit or any other means of interconnection. The handle can have a storage compartment in the end opposite from the adapter for the storage of dental supplies.
The handle and the oral hygiene instruments are stored in a compact watertight storage case that has a dedicated location for each oral hygiene instrument and the handle. It may also have a storage location for the means to charge the batteries and a location to store the power cord. The compact storage case can also contain storage locations for dental supplies. The compact storage case is made from a non-breakable material with a mean of locking/closure. The compact storage case can additionally function as a travel, organizing and storage case.
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|Cooperative Classification||A61C17/22, A61C17/225, A45D44/18|
|European Classification||A45D44/18, A61C17/22, A61C17/22H|