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Publication numberUS3864781 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 11, 1975
Filing dateJun 26, 1973
Priority dateJun 26, 1973
Publication numberUS 3864781 A, US 3864781A, US-A-3864781, US3864781 A, US3864781A
InventorsJoseph A Leonard
Original AssigneeRaymond Lee Organization Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for brushing dentures
US 3864781 A
Abstract
An elongated handle has a head at one end. The head has four flat surfaces extending in the longitudinal direction which are arranged into two pairs of opposite parallel surfaces, one pair extending at right angles to the other pair. Each two adjacent surfaces are separated by a rounded edge extending in the longitudinal direction. Bristles disposed in rows extending in said direction extend outward from each of three adjacent surfaces at right angles thereto. Additional non-intersecting rows of bristles also extending in this direction extend outward in a non-intersecting manner from the edges disposed between each of the outer adjacent surfaces and the inner adjacent surface.
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United States Patent 1191 Leonard Feb. 11, 1975 lnvenwrl J p Leonard, L05 0805, Calif 253.922 11/1948 Switzerland 15/160 [73] Assignee: The Raymond Lee Organization,

Inc., New York, N.Y. a part Primary Examiner-Peter Feldman interest 22] Filed: June 26, 1973 i 1 ABSTRACT 4 An elongated handle has a head at one end. The head [211 App! 373649 has four flat surfaces extending in the longitudinal direction which are arranged into two pairs of opposite 7 R parallel surfaces, one pair extending at right angles to [51] Int. Cl. A46b 9/02, A46b 9/04 the other pair, Each two adjacent surfaces are sepal l Field Of Search 1 rated by a rounded edge extending in the longitudinal 15/ 8 110 direction. Bristles disposed in rows extending in said direction extend outward from each of three adjacent [56] References Cited surfaces at right angles thereto. Additional non- UNITED STATES PATENTS intersecting rows of bristles also extending in this di- 1,291 770 1/1919 Craig .1 15/106 action extend Outward non'lntersectilg manner 1,813I076 7/1931 Newell 15/167 R from the edges disposed bfitweeh each of the Outer 2,1s4,s50 12/1939 Schloss 15/167 R jhcehl Surfaces and the inner adjacent Surface- 2,l90,277 2/l940 Viragh 15/106 1 Cl 4 D F.

099,364 4/1936 Paisley 15/167 R gums PATENTEU 1 3.864. 78 1 FIG. 3

1 DEVICE FOR BRUSI-IING DENTURES SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION My invention is directed toward a new type of brush which can be used for cleaning dentures and is so constructed that, when manually operated, a variety of different surfaces of a denture can be cleaned simultaneously.

To this end, I employ an elongated handle having a head at one end. The head has four exposed flat surfaces which extend in the direction of elongation and which are separated by rounded edges extending in this direction. The surfaces are arranged into two pairs which extend at right angles to each other, the two surfaces in each pair being opposite and parallel.

Bristles arranged in rows extending in this direction are secured to each of three adjacent surfaces and extend outward at right angles thereto.

Additional parallel rows of bristles can extend outward in a non intersecting manner from the two edges disposed between the central one of the three adjacent surfaces and each of the two outer surfaces included in the three adjacent surfaces.

In operation, the handle is held in one hand, the denture is held in the other hand, and the head can be used together with conventional paste powder or the like to clean the denture. The number and position of the various rows of bristles enables a variety of denture surfaces to be cleaned simultaneously.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS In the drawings:

FIG. 1 shows one side view of my device;

FIG. 2 is a rear view thereof;

FIG. 3 shows an opposite side view thereof; and

FIG. 4 shows a cross sectional view taken along line 4-4 in FIG. 2.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring now to FIGS. 1-4, an elongated handle has an elongated head 12 which in cross section defines a rectangle 14 with rounded edges 16. The head has a first pair of opposite parallel surfaces 18 and 20 which extend in the direction of elongation and a second pair of parallel surfaces 22 and 24 which extend in the direction of elongation and are perpendicular to pairs 18 and 20. Each two adjacent surfaces are separated by a rounded edge 16 which extends in the direction of elongation.

First and second sets of parallel horizontal bores 26 are disposed in the head and extend between surfaces 18 and 20. Bristles 28 are disposed in each bore whereby two rows of bristles, disposed along the direction of elongation, extend outward at right angles to these surfaces. Bristles 30 are set into recesses in surface 24 and define two parallel rows, extending along the direction of elongation, extend outward at right angles to surface 24.

Bristles 32 are set into recesses in edges 16 disposed between surface 24 and surface 20 and between surface 24 and surface 18. Each edge carries one row of bristles which extends in the direction of elongation and also extends outward in a non intersecting manner between bristles 30 and 28 and typically at an angle of 45 with respect to surfaces 24 and 18 or surfaces 24 and 20.

The invention can then be used as described.

While I have described my invention with particular reference to the drawings, such is not to be considered as limiting its actual scope.

Having thus described the invention, what is asserted as new is:

I. A device adapted to be manually operated to clean dentures by brushing, said device comprising:

an elongated handle with a head at one end, said head in cross section defining a rectangle with rounded corners and thus having four flat surfaces extending in the direction of elongation, oppositely disposed surfaces being parallel whereby two pairs of paralleled surfaces extend at right angles to each other, each two adjacent surfaces being interconnected by a rounded edge extending in the direction of elongation;

first bristle means secured to a first head surface and including first and second parallel rows of bristles extending in the direction of elongation and extending outward at right angles to the first head surface;

second bristle means secured to a second head surface parallel to the first head surface and oppositely disposed thereto, said second means including first and second parallel rows of bristles extending in the direction of elongation and extending outward at right angles to the second surface whereby the first and second means extend outward in opposite directions;

third bristle means secured to a third head surface which extends between the first and second surfaces at right angles, said third means including first and second parallel rows of bristles extending in the direction of elongation and extending outward at right angles to the third surface, said third means extending at right angles to the first and second means; and

fourth and fifth bristle means, each of the fourth and fifth bristle means including a single row of bristles extending in the direction of elongation and being secured to a corresponding one of the edges between the first, second and third surfaces, each of the fourth and fifth means extending outward at right angles to the corresponding edge and not intersecting with any other means.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1291770 *Apr 15, 1918Jan 21, 1919Harry L CraigReceiver-cleaning brush for rifles.
US1813076 *Apr 15, 1929Jul 7, 1931George W NewellBrush
US2184850 *Dec 30, 1938Dec 26, 1939Schloss MorrisMechanical tooth brush
US2190277 *Apr 10, 1937Feb 13, 1940Viragh StephenDental brush
Referenced by
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US4517701 *Apr 9, 1984May 21, 1985Stanford Roy E JrToothbrushes for cleaning sulcular areas of the teeth
US5014383 *Mar 20, 1990May 14, 1991Costar Donald GOffset denture brush
US5609431 *Aug 31, 1994Mar 11, 1997Innovative Cleaning Concepts, Inc.Cleaning material with material supply
US5758384 *Feb 7, 1997Jun 2, 1998Kelly; JamesDevice for brushing dentures
US6035480 *Jun 24, 1996Mar 14, 2000Pianetti; FrancescoToothbrush suitable for preventing the formation of dental plaque and of tartar
US7156105 *May 21, 2001Jan 2, 2007L'orealApplicator, device, and method
US20100043166 *Feb 25, 2010Glenda TurnerDenture brush
US20100236006 *Sep 23, 2010Xiao-Ming DengTooth brush
Classifications
U.S. Classification15/106, 15/167.1
International ClassificationA46B9/04
Cooperative ClassificationA46B9/04
European ClassificationA46B9/04