|Publication number||US2218072 A|
|Publication date||Oct 15, 1940|
|Filing date||Feb 25, 1939|
|Priority date||Feb 25, 1939|
|Publication number||US 2218072 A, US 2218072A, US-A-2218072, US2218072 A, US2218072A|
|Inventors||Runnels Garland D|
|Original Assignee||Runnels Garland D|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (103), Classifications (8)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
Oct. l5, 1940.
fG. D. RUNNELS TQNGUE BryUsH AND SGRAPER l Filed Feb. 25. 1939 INXENTOR /ari 11mgY Dunn 175.5/
Q15 d ATTORNEYS Patented Oct. 15, 1940 ToNGUE BRUSH AND SCRAPER.
Garland D. Runnels, seattle, Wash.
Application February 25, 1939, Serial No. 258,459
My present invention relates to an improved tongue brush and scraper and more particularly to the type of brush and scraper formed of soft rubber, and mounted on a more or less rigid handle.
The principal object of my inventio-n is to provide a scraper and brush which may be employed with facility, to remove from the tongue of the user, the coating which may, for various reasons, appear thereon.
A further object is to provide the scraper in a novel manner whereby a liquid tongue cleaner, or antiseptic, may be poured or placed on the scraper, and the liquid cleaner will be retained l5 on the scraper and brush until deposited on the tongue.
In carrying out my invention, I employ a handle of relatively rigid material, and a head of vresilient rubber is xed on the handle. The
head is provided with Scrapers and scrubbers so that the tongue may be easily cleaned of its coating, and the coating may be removed therefrom. The soil or matter removed from the tongue is collected by the scraper, and retained thereon until ,it is removed as by washing the scraper.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the device of my invention showing the Scrapers and scrubbers, and the guard ridges.
Figure 2 is a partial vertical sectional view showing the handle extension in elevation in the head of thev device through line 2-2 of Figure 3- Figure 3 is a front elevation of the device.
:,3 Figure 4 is a portion of a vertical sectional View of the head with the extension in section through line 4--4 of Figure 3.
Figure 5 is a side elevation of the head.
Figure 6 is a rear elevation of the head.
- Figure 7 is a transverse sectional view of the handle at line 'l-l of Figure 3.
Figure 8 is a transverse sectional view of the handle at line 8 8 of Figure 3.
Figure 9 is a transverse sectional view of the 4.3 head at line 9 9 of Figure 3. l
Figure 10 is a transverse sectional view of the handle at line Ill-I0 of Figure 3.
In the accompanying drawing, I have illustrated one complete example of the physical em- .'30 bodiment of my invention according to the best mode I have thus far devised, but it will be understood that changes and alterations may be made in the exemplied structure without departing from the scope of the appended claim.
Referring to the drawing, the handle of the Cfl device is indicated generally as I, being of a substantially rigid material as pyroxilin or other suitable substance. A hole 2 is provided in the free end of the handle in order that the device may be supported when not in use, on a nail 5 or other supporting means, on a wall.
The handle l is substantially elliptical in crosssection as seen in Figure 7 and at its upper end is formed with a shoulder 3. Above the/shoulder y 3 is a reduced extension 4 upon which is mounted.A 10 the head of the scrubber and scraper.
The head comprises a body 5 of resilient rubber or other suitable material and is formed with a vertical opening or passage 6 for coaction with the extension 4. The opening or passage engages 15 snugly on the extension and maintains the head in position, although if desired, the head may be removed for substitution of either of the related parts. f
The front face of the head is formed with a '20 series of Scrapers as 'l being triangular, in crosssection, protruding from the front face in the manner of right angle triangles.
Relatively sharp edges as 8 are thus formed on the face of the head forming scraping edges, 25 and the connecting surfaces, the hypotenuse of each triangle, extending from the edge of a scraper to the inner edge of the base of the next scraper to form pockets as 9.
The matter removed from the tongue is col- 30- lected in the pockets 9 and may be easily removed by washing.
In order that the possible danger of injury to the tongue may be obviated, I have provided a series of guards or longitudinal ridges as l0 fol- 35 lowing the shape of the head. A peripheral ridge H extends around the elliptical perimeter of the head, and forms a retaining Wall therearound.
These guards or ridges I9 and Il are approx- 40 imately one half the thickness of the Scrapers and thereby prevent the tongue from a too severe scraping, and at the same time, divide the pockets 9 into sections.
The ridges or guards extend below the series of Scrapers andterminate at a lateral or cross ridge I2, which is of greater depth than the ridges I0 and Il. This ridge l2, together with a ridge I3, of the same depth, extending across the at lower edge of the head, form the scrub- 60 bers, by means of which the tongue surface may be cleaned. These scrubbing ridges have flat working surfaces, and therefor have a minimum of scraping action, but when employed either with or without a cleaning solution or paste,
remove all soil from the tongue surface and also stimulates the tongue.
A vertical ridge or guard as I4 connects the two scrubbing ridges and prevents the tongue from penetrating beyond the desired point and thereby prevents damage or injury to the tongue.
From the above description it will be apparent, that the device of my invention may be manufactured at a minimum of cost, that it is efficient in performing its function, and that it is simple to use.
It is also apparent that by the use of the guard ridges of the device, the desired scraping and scrubbing effects of the device Will be obtained, While possible injury is prevented.
Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
In a device as described, the combination with a handle having a reduced shank forming a shoulder at the inner end of the shank, of a resilient head mounted on the shank against said shoulder, said head having a face of substantially elliptical shape and coplaner with the handle, said face also having a pair of spaced transverse ridges extending from side to side of the head and fashioned with flat scrubbing faces, a third scrubbing ridge extending across the free end of the head, a plurality of spaced intermediate ridges of triangular shape in cross section and forming Scrapers extending from side to side of the head, said face having lateral edgeridges extending longitudinally thereof and also having longitudinally extending ridges between adjoining scrubbing ridges and scraper ridges, and all said longitudinally extending ridges being depressed below the working faces of the transversely extending ridges.
GARLAND D. RUNNELS.
|Citing Patent||Filing date||Publication date||Applicant||Title|
|US2476201 *||Aug 1, 1945||Jul 12, 1949||Eugenia Ligoure Alice||Sponge rubber insert for toothbrush heads|
|US2583750 *||Oct 9, 1947||Jan 29, 1952||Runnels Garland D||Tongue scraper|
|US2764773 *||Jul 27, 1953||Oct 2, 1956||James Wise Peter||Lavatory and like brushes|
|US2934779 *||Mar 23, 1955||May 3, 1960||Magnovia Company Inc||Magnetic polisher|
|US2998614 *||Feb 10, 1958||Sep 5, 1961||Personal Products Corp||Holder for a disposable cleaning swab|
|US4024874 *||Sep 30, 1975||May 24, 1977||Rescue Products, Inc.||Extraction device for blocked windpipes|
|US4461285 *||Dec 8, 1981||Jul 24, 1984||Olivier Courtin||Manual massager|
|US4582059 *||May 14, 1984||Apr 15, 1986||Tiwari Sandra J||Tongue cleaning instrument|
|US5226197 *||Sep 14, 1992||Jul 13, 1993||Rachel Nack||Tongue hygiene device|
|US5735864 *||Feb 28, 1997||Apr 7, 1998||Heisinger, Jr.; Charles G.||Disposable tongue cleaner|
|US5766193 *||Nov 5, 1996||Jun 16, 1998||Millner; Don E.||Tongue cleaner|
|US5779654 *||Mar 26, 1997||Jul 14, 1998||Foley; Rita S.||Clean breath wand|
|US5817114 *||Oct 30, 1997||Oct 6, 1998||Anderson; Lorrie E.||Hygienic tongue cleaner|
|US5947912 *||Sep 10, 1997||Sep 7, 1999||Oralgiene||Vibratory tongue conditioning implement|
|US5967152 *||Apr 30, 1998||Oct 19, 1999||Amtec Products, Inc.||Oral cleaning apparatus|
|US5984935 *||Oct 28, 1998||Nov 16, 1999||Welt; Teodor||Tongue cleaner|
|US6015293 *||Dec 31, 1997||Jan 18, 2000||Amtec Products, Inc.||Oral cleaning apparatus|
|US6083235 *||May 10, 1999||Jul 4, 2000||Dental Concepts, Llc||Breath system appliance with dorsal applicator and scraper|
|US6099540 *||May 27, 1999||Aug 8, 2000||Ho; Vu H.||Tongue scraper|
|US6132445 *||Sep 23, 1999||Oct 17, 2000||Pavanelli; Gianni||Device for the cleaning and hygiene of the oral cavity, in particular of the tongue|
|US6352545 *||Oct 21, 1999||Mar 5, 2002||Eugene C. Wagner||Breath system appliance with dorsal applicator and scraper|
|US6625839||Mar 8, 2001||Sep 30, 2003||Ultradent Products, Inc.||Flocked tongue cleaning device|
|US6895624||Mar 7, 2002||May 24, 2005||Ultradent Products, Inc.||Powered tongue cleaning device|
|US6951567||May 17, 2002||Oct 4, 2005||Bernardo Levit||Tongue treating device|
|US7143462||Jun 18, 2004||Dec 5, 2006||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7198487||Dec 31, 2003||Apr 3, 2007||Water Pik, Inc.||Whitening tip for dental flossing device|
|US7273327||Nov 15, 2004||Sep 25, 2007||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7322067||Dec 4, 2006||Jan 29, 2008||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7594293||Oct 28, 2005||Sep 29, 2009||Colgate-Palmolive Co.||Oral care implement|
|US7607189||Nov 17, 2004||Oct 27, 2009||Colgate-Palmolive||Oral care implement|
|US7721376||Dec 23, 2004||May 25, 2010||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7725980||Dec 15, 2004||Jun 1, 2010||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7836539||May 5, 2005||Nov 23, 2010||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7841041||May 8, 2006||Nov 30, 2010||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7845042||May 5, 2005||Dec 7, 2010||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7908699||Dec 23, 2004||Mar 22, 2011||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7950100||Oct 31, 2007||May 31, 2011||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US7954191||Apr 9, 2007||Jun 7, 2011||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Toothbrush|
|US7962991||Aug 14, 2006||Jun 21, 2011||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Toothbrush|
|US7975343||Jun 21, 2006||Jul 12, 2011||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Toothbrush|
|US7975346||Mar 31, 2010||Jul 12, 2011||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8042214||Sep 16, 2009||Oct 25, 2011||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8060970||Mar 11, 2010||Nov 22, 2011||The Procter & Gamble Company||Toothbrush|
|US8079110||May 26, 2010||Dec 20, 2011||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8088133||Apr 21, 2005||Jan 3, 2012||Glaxo Group Limited||Tongue cleaning device|
|US8091170||May 6, 2010||Jan 10, 2012||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8151397||Jun 26, 2008||Apr 10, 2012||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions|
|US8201298||Feb 9, 2007||Jun 19, 2012||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Toothbrush with low profile head|
|US8281446||Sep 22, 2009||Oct 9, 2012||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8281448||Oct 3, 2007||Oct 9, 2012||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement having one or more moving sections|
|US8332985||Nov 18, 2011||Dec 18, 2012||The Procter & Gamble Company||Toothbrush|
|US8393042||Oct 9, 2009||Mar 12, 2013||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8522386||May 26, 2011||Sep 3, 2013||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8523888||Dec 18, 2006||Sep 3, 2013||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8550736||Mar 4, 2010||Oct 8, 2013||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8561247||Jun 17, 2011||Oct 22, 2013||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8578546||Oct 2, 2012||Nov 12, 2013||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement having one or more moving pieces|
|US8584299||Jul 25, 2007||Nov 19, 2013||The Procter & Gamble Company||Electric toothbrushes|
|US8628263||Sep 10, 2007||Jan 14, 2014||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8740788||Jun 4, 2010||Jun 3, 2014||Gil Mettler||Tongue retraction method and apparatus with relief notch|
|US8800091||Aug 13, 2013||Aug 12, 2014||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8800093||Dec 2, 2011||Aug 12, 2014||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8806695||Mar 20, 2012||Aug 19, 2014||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions|
|US8839481||May 7, 2013||Sep 23, 2014||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8857919||Oct 9, 2013||Oct 14, 2014||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement having one or more moving sections|
|US8876221||Aug 23, 2011||Nov 4, 2014||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US8943634||May 2, 2012||Feb 3, 2015||Water Pik, Inc.||Mechanically-driven, sonic toothbrush system|
|US8955186||Oct 15, 2013||Feb 17, 2015||The Procter & Gamble Company||Electric toothbrushes|
|US8990996||Oct 8, 2012||Mar 31, 2015||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Toothbrush|
|US9060583||Apr 6, 2005||Jun 23, 2015||Reckitt Benckiser (Uk) Limited||Device and method|
|US9144477||Dec 23, 2014||Sep 29, 2015||Water Pik, Inc.||Mechanically-driven, sonic toothbrush system|
|US9167888||Jul 10, 2014||Oct 27, 2015||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions|
|US9271564||Sep 19, 2014||Mar 1, 2016||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement having one or more moving sections|
|US9468511||Mar 15, 2013||Oct 18, 2016||Water Pik, Inc.||Electronic toothbrush with vibration dampening|
|US9545148||Sep 16, 2014||Jan 17, 2017||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US20030167582 *||Mar 7, 2002||Sep 11, 2003||Ultradent Products, Inc.||Powered tongue cleaning device|
|US20030216762 *||May 17, 2002||Nov 20, 2003||Bernardo Levit||Tongue treating device|
|US20040249402 *||Jun 5, 2003||Dec 9, 2004||Von Bergen Edward F.||Low profile tongue scraper|
|US20050153644 *||Dec 31, 2003||Jul 14, 2005||Yabusaki Kenichi K.||Instrument and method for preparing plug-cut bait|
|US20050210613 *||Sep 21, 2004||Sep 29, 2005||Wagstaff Robert K||Tongue cleaning device|
|US20060010628 *||Nov 17, 2004||Jan 19, 2006||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|US20070208354 *||Apr 6, 2005||Sep 6, 2007||Reckitt Benckiser (Uk) Limited||Device and Method|
|US20070215590 *||Apr 6, 2005||Sep 20, 2007||Reckitt Benckiser (Uk) Limited||Device and Method|
|US20070225733 *||Apr 6, 2005||Sep 27, 2007||Reckitt Benckiser (Uk) Limited||Device and Method|
|US20090056834 *||Jun 26, 2006||Mar 5, 2009||Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.||Heat treatment oil composition|
|US20090130637 *||Nov 19, 2007||May 21, 2009||Pantangco Iii Irineo Marvin||Tongue scraper|
|US20090182364 *||Jan 14, 2008||Jul 16, 2009||Mettler Jr Gilbert William||Tongue retraction and cleaning method and apparatus|
|US20110219556 *||May 26, 2011||Sep 15, 2011||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|USD774308||Aug 4, 2015||Dec 20, 2016||Filip Sedic||Tongue cleaner|
|USD777444 *||Jun 15, 2016||Jan 31, 2017||Filip Sedic||Tongue cleaner|
|USD777445 *||Jun 15, 2016||Jan 31, 2017||Filip Sedic||Tongue cleaner|
|USD778058 *||Jun 15, 2016||Feb 7, 2017||Filip Sedic||Tongue cleaner|
|USD778059 *||Jun 15, 2016||Feb 7, 2017||Filip Sedic||Tongue cleaner|
|DE3148797A1 *||Dec 9, 1981||Jul 8, 1982||Olivier Courtin||Handmassagegeraet|
|EP0958787B1 *||May 7, 1999||Apr 11, 2007||Kim, Han-Joon, c/o KIM Orthodontic Clinic||Tongue cleaning device|
|EP1034721A1 *||Mar 6, 1999||Sep 13, 2000||Jonathan Weisberg||Tongue scraping and cleaning device|
|EP1835824B2 †||Dec 21, 2005||Sep 25, 2013||Colgate-Palmolive Company||Oral care implement|
|WO1998042264A1||Mar 24, 1998||Oct 1, 1998||Foley Rita S||Tongue scraper and irrigator having a curved blade|
|WO1999022653A1 *||Oct 27, 1998||May 14, 1999||Anderson Lorrie E||Hygienic tongue cleaner|
|WO1999033374A1||Dec 21, 1998||Jul 8, 1999||Amtec Products, Inc.||Improved oral cleaning apparatus|
|WO2002071967A2 *||Mar 8, 2002||Sep 19, 2002||Ultradent Products, Inc.||Tongue cleaning device|
|WO2002071967A3 *||Mar 8, 2002||Oct 17, 2002||Ultradent Products Inc||Tongue cleaning device|
|WO2006114296A1 *||Apr 21, 2006||Nov 2, 2006||Glaxo Group Limited||Novel device|
|U.S. Classification||606/161, 15/110, D24/214, 15/188, 15/236.6|