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Publication numberUS2840837 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 1, 1958
Filing dateSep 21, 1956
Priority dateSep 21, 1956
Publication numberUS 2840837 A, US 2840837A, US-A-2840837, US2840837 A, US2840837A
InventorsEdward Gustems
Original AssigneeEdward Gustems
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Reversible electric toothbrush
US 2840837 A
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July 1, 1958 E. GUSTEMS 2,340,837

REVERSIBLE ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH Filed Sept. 21, 1956 INVENTOR. ED114420 60675445 7/ Mm 76 74 A70Nes United States Patent REVERSIBLE ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH Edward Gustems, Danbury, Conn. Application September 21, 1956, Serial No. 611,096

2 Claims. (Cl. 15-23) This invention relates generally to toothbrushes, and is more particularly concerned with a toothbrush of the power driven type.

A primary object of invention is to provide a novel power driven toothbrush wherein the rotary brush member thereof may be reversibly driven for cleaning both the upper and lower teeth.

A further object of invention in conformance with that set forth is to provide a novel power driven toothbrush of the character involved incorporating novel means for mounting a toothbrush assembly and housing on a hollow handle wherein said handle contains a reversible electric motor drivingly engageable with a brush shaft, said housing member incorporating three-position switch means for controlling the direction of rotation of the electric motor and accordingly the direction of rotation of the toothbrush assembly.

And yet another object of invention in conformance with that set forth is to provide a novel power driven toothbrush of the character involved which is readily and economically manufactured, easily used and maintained, and highly satisfactory, practical and acceptable for the purpose intended.

These together with other objects and advantages which will subsequently become apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawing forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:

Figure 1 is a side elevational view of the novel power driven toothbrush, showing by means of dotted lines the electric motor, and wiring thereof;

Figure 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken through the power driven toothbrush, portions being broken away and shown in section for clarity;

Figure 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken substantially on line 3-3 of Figure 2;

Figure 4 is an enlarged sectional view taken substantially on line 4-4 of Figure 2;

Figure 5 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken substantially on line 5-5 of Figure 2; and

Figure 6 is a sectional view taken substantially on line 66 of Figure 1, showing details of the three-position switch means of the invention.

Referring to the drawing in detail, the power driven toothbrush is indicated generally at 10 including a hollow housing 12, toothbrush assembly 14 and a cover 16 for the toothbrush assembly.

The handle 12 may be constructed of any suitable material, plastic being especially desirable for this purpose, being substantially elongated and constructed of two mating halves if preferred retained together by means of suitable screws 18 cooperating in suitably conformed bore portions in the halves. The hollow interior of the handle 12 as indicated at 20 has suitably secured therein a longitudinally extending reversible electric motor 22 of any conventional character. Opening into the rear end a! 24 of the handle is a suitable female socket portion 26 for receiving therein a male socket element 28 connected by the electric cord 30 to a suitable source of electric energy. The female connector 26 is suitably wired to the electric motor 22, as indicated at 32 and 34, the wiring 34 terminating in three electrical contacts 36, 38 and 40, see'Figures 1 and 6, for example, and circumposed in a suitable groove 42 extending about the outer I periphery of the handle 12 is a control ring 44 which has integral therewith a contact plate 46, see Figure 6, which is extendible between the contact 36 and 38, or 38 and 40. Although a specific switch means has been disclosed, any suitable switch means may be incorporated in the handle for controlling the reversible electric motor.

Extending longitudinally through the handle 12 and opening into the end opposite the end 24 thereof is a longitudinal bore portion 48 receiving the terminal end 50 of a drive shaft 52 rotated by the electric motor 22. The terminal end 50 terminates in a diametrical tongue portion 54 providing a portion of means for drivingly connecting the electric motor 22 to a brush shaft 56 which incorporates a diametrical slot portion 58 in the end thereof.

The bore portion 48 opens into the end of the handle 12 in an outwardly fiared portion 60 terminating in an annular recess 62, see Figure 2, about the inner periphery thereof, and integral with the handle 12 and extending from opposite sides thereof overlying the outwardly flared portion 60 are abutment portions 64 and 66, see Figure 4. Extending about the inner periphery of the bore portion, at the portion thereof which flares outwardly is an annular groove 68 receiving therein a circular resilient split-ring 70, see Figure 3, which is engageable in a circumferential groove 72 extending about an intermediate portion of the brush shaft 56 when the diametrical slot 58 thereof is engaged on the tongue 54 on the terminal end portion of the drive shaft.

The brush assembly 14 incorporates on its shaft 56 a suitable circumposed and secured brush portion 74, the terminal end of the brush shaft 56 being substantially pointed at 76 for a purpose to subsequently be described in detail.

The cover 16 includes an arcuate housing portion 78 substantially overlying the brush portion 74 and terminating at one end in an apertured angular end portion 80 removably receiving the terminal end portions 76 of the brush shaft therethrough. Extending longitudinally from the housing portion 78 is an elongated support portion 82 comprising an integral strip element terminating in a laterally extending C-shaped resilient por tion 84, see Figure 4, deformable to be removably receiving in the annular recess 62 about the inner periphery of the outwardly flared portion 60.

Although the exemplary embodiment discloses brush 74 for the purpose of brushing between ones teeth, it is intended that the brush 74 may also encompass a brush of the character suitable for massaging ones gums, for example, being of a soft resilient material, rubber or the like.

Thus from the foregoing description it is readily apparent that the power driven toothbrush may be readily dismantled for the purposes of cleaning the same. The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the appended claims.

What is claimed as new is as follows:

1. A power toothbrush including a hollow handle concluding a longitudinal bore *porudn o ening into 6156 end thereof, a brush including an elongated shaft extending longitudinally of said bore portion in operative engagement With the niotor riieans, said 'bore portion flaring bu't war'dly' into the one 'end' of thehandlfa'n annular'gi'odye extending interni'ediately'about the inner periphery of the'outwardly flared portion, and a s ver for the brush inclu'ding 'a'n elongated arcuate housing for overlying the brush and an integral longitudinally extending strip "ele' rnentoverl'ying a portion of'thebrush shaft, said housing portion'including'an angulaily directed transverselyapertured 'end portion reniovably receiying'the terminal end of'the brush 'shaft therein, the "strip portion offs'aid c'over terminating in a laterally extending C-shapedres'ilient end portion, said C- shapedresiIient end portion being remoyably received in 'the'inneiperipheral groove about the outwardly fia'ringpo'rtion of 'th e'longitudinal bore of the handle in circunip ose'd relationship about anin'termediate portion of the brush shaft.

2. For use on a power toothbrtish includinga hollow handle containing controlled motor means "therein, 'said handle including a longitudinal bore portionop'ening I into one end thereof and"terminating in anoutwa'rdly flared portion in said one end, said outwardly flared portiofi including an annular groove about 2111" intermediate inner peripheral portion, an elongated brush shaft extending longitudinally of said bore portion in operative engagement with the motor means in said handle; a cover including an elongated arcuate housing and an integral longitudinally extending strip element, said housing including an angularly dir'eete d transversely apertured end portion for rentoyably receiying the terminal end of the brush shaft therein, the strip portion of said c'oyer'terminating in a laterallyriextendingsc'sliapedl resilient end ia e e qyab qira mflinnth in Pe i groove of the outwardly flaring particuof the longitudinal bore of the handleincircumposed relationship about an intermediate portion of the brush shaft.

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U.S. Classification15/23
International ClassificationA61C17/16, A61C17/26
Cooperative ClassificationA61C17/26
European ClassificationA61C17/26