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Handle mount

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015 - Brushing, scrubbing, and general cleaning

015003000 - MACHINES

015210100 - Brushing

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
015028000 Rotary disk 24
015220200 Reciprocating tool 20
015023000 Rotary cylinder 15
015220400 Swinging tool 3
20120000023Brush Section For An Electric Toothbrush - A brush section for use with an electric toothbrush includes a relatively large brush head portion having a generally rectangular shape, although oblong, elliptical and other such shapes having a length to width aspect ration greater than 1 may be employed. The brush head portion is secured to a shaft portion of the brush section that may be configured to couple to a handle section. The handle section may include an electric drive including drive shaft, and the drive shaft may couple to the brush head via a coupling member positioned within the shaft portion. The electric drive may impart a rotary, oscillating rotary-oscillating or other suitable drive motion to the drive shaft that is, in turn, imparted upon the brush head by virtue of the coupling member.01-05-2012
20120011667Electric Toothbrush - A handle portion of an electric toothbrush includes an electric motor; a first drive shaft being attachable to a head portion axle of a head portion of an electric toothbrush; a second drive shaft being attachable to a housing of a head portion of an electric toothbrush; and a drive comprising a first drive section and a second drive section. The first drive section is located between the electric motor and one of the first drive shaft and the second drive shaft. The first drive section is arranged to convert a rotational motion of the electric motor into an oscillating pivoting of one of the first drive shaft and the second drive shaft. The second drive section is arranged to transfer an oscillating pivoting of the first drive shaft or the second drive shaft to the respective other drive shaft.01-19-2012
20130117951Brush Section For An Electric Toothbrush - A brush section for use with an electric toothbrush includes a relatively large brush head portion having a generally rectangular shape, although oblong, elliptical and other such shapes having a length to width aspect ration greater than 1 may be employed. The brush head portion is secured to a shaft portion of the brush section that may be configured to couple to a handle section. The handle section may include an electric drive including drive shaft, and the drive shaft may couple to the brush head via a coupling member positioned within the shaft portion. The electric drive may impart a rotary, oscillating rotary-oscillating or other suitable drive motion to the drive shaft that is, in turn, imparted upon the brush head by virtue of the coupling member.05-16-2013
20120284947STRING CLEANING SYSTEM - An apparatus may include a first support, a first cleaning material coupled to a first side of the first support, a second support rotatably coupled to the first support at a first edge of the second support, the second support defining a first opening disposed adjacent to a second edge of the second support opposite the first edge, a second cleaning material coupled to a first side of the second support, and a latch coupled to the first support, the latch to engage the first opening of the second support to maintain the first side of the first support in a substantially fixed relationship with respect to the first side of the second support.11-15-2012
015220300 Belt brush 1
20120260442Whole mouth toothbrush - A whole mouth toothbrush with an elongate hollow handle portion, and attached U shaped brush retaining portion. The housing holds an electric motor, a battery power supply, a microprocessor, a printed circuit board and an on-off switch. A primary drive belt connects the motor shaft to a first brush spindle. A plurality of secondary drive belts connect the first brush spindle to the remaining brush spindles. Each spindle terminates in a rotating brush head. Upper brush heads brush the user's top teeth and the lower spindles brush the user's bottom teeth. The microprocessor is programmed to cause the brush retaining shafts to cycle back and forth from a clockwise rotation to a counter clockwise rotation.10-18-2012
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20130025079Linear Electro-Polymer Motors And Devices Having The Same - A linear electro-polymer motor includes a fixed member, a linear shaft having an axis, a polymer actuator, and a bias member. The polymer actuator includes a first end fixedly connected to the linear shaft and a second end fixedly connected to the fixed member. The bias member includes a first end fixedly connected to the linear shaft and a second end fixedly connected to the fixed member. The polymer actuator changes length after receipt of voltage to linearly move the linear shaft along the axis.01-31-2013
20100088833Complex Motion Toothbrush - A head for a toothbrush has a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis. The transverse axis is generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The head includes a first cleaning element carrier and a second cleaning element carrier. The second cleaning element carrier is asymmetrically fixed to the head such that the second cleaning element carrier can move relative to the head about the transverse axis of the head.04-15-2010
20110203061ACTUATOR AND ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH USING ACTUATOR - Disclosed is an actuator that generates the reciprocating rotational motion of an electric toothbrush or similar without employing a drive transmission mechanism as a separate entity from a drive source. An actuator (08-25-2011
20130025080Oscillatory System For A Motorized Drive Unit - An oscillatory system for a motorized drive unit for the generation of a rotary oscillatory movement is provided. The system includes a first oscillatory component and a second oscillatory component, the components capable of oscillating relative to one another around an axis of oscillation; and at least two elongate spring elements, each spring element having a first fastening point and a second fastening point spaced apart from one another. The spring elements are elastic in the direction of the rotary oscillatory movement. For each spring element the first fastening point is connected to the first oscillatory component and the second fastening point is connected to the second oscillatory component such that the spring elements intersect at the axis of oscillation, the axis of oscillation having an angle of intersection different from 0 degrees.01-31-2013
20130025078Personal Care Device - A personal care device is disclosed. The personal care device includes an electrically powered driving unit for driving a working implement of the personal care device at a desired speed and/or amplitude and/or frequency; and a control unit for controlling the driving unit in response to load onto the working implement. The control unit includes a detector for detecting an operating parameter of the driving unit responsive to load onto the working implement, and a powering unit for varying the electrical powering of the driving unit in response to a detected change of the value of the operating parameter such that speed and/or amplitude and/or frequency of the working implement is changed from an idling value to an operation value.01-31-2013
20090211042Extended reach ultrasonic toothbrush with improvements - An ultrasonic toothbrush for daily oral hygiene application is disclosed, having an ultrasound transducer in direct contact with the fluids in the oral cavity, without ultrasound energy attenuation between the transducer and the fluids in the oral cavity. Maximum level of ultrasound energy coupled to the fluids within the oral cavity and to the teeth and gums and periodontal pockets, achieving maximum loosening of soft plaque. Toothbrush configurations of ultrasonically enhanced manually operated toothbrushes and motorized toothbrushes having lateral direction sonic frequency vibrating brush heads emitting ultrasonic energy are disclosed. To generate the sonic frequency lateral vibration of the brush head, a motion transducer is utilized. Removable and user replaceable brush heads are described. In the various configurations low voltage DC energy supplied by a battery is converted to ultrasonic frequency DC current to activate the ultrasonic transducer. All configurations are utilizing bristle tufts to effectively dislodge plaque loosened by the ultrasonic waves from the surfaces of teeth and gums.08-27-2009
20100162501TOOTHBRUSH - The invention relates to a toothbrush handle part having a handle part neck that can be inserted into the connecting piece of an attachment. Said attachment comprises a coupling device having at least one engaging piece for locking with the connecting piece of the attachment. The invention also relates to the above attachment comprising an attachment head and a tubular connecting piece connected to the attachment head, the connecting piece being placeable on the handle part neck of the toothbrush handle part and having a coupling device for locking the connecting piece on the handle part neck. The invention is characterized in that the axial movement in the longitudinal direction of the handle piece effects actuation of the coupling device and the transverse movement effects the locking. The toothbrush handle part is characterized in that its coupling device has a coupling piece which is axially movable in the longitudinal direction of the handle part, said coupling piece being received in such a manner that an axial movement of the coupling piece produces a transverse movement of the engaging piece of the coupling device at a right angle to the longitudinal direction of the handle part. The axial actuation movement can be produced when the attachment is placed onto or removed from the handle part neck.07-01-2010
20130031733POWERED TOOTHBRUSH WITH ROTATING SECTIONS - The head of a toothbrush includes a first tuft block having bristles and a second tuft block having bristles. The first and second tuft blocks are mounted for counter-rotational or counter-rotational oscillating movement in a direction parallel to the outer surface of the head. The toothbrush head also includes a third section having bristles extending outwardly from the head to provide an extended field of bristles to support an elongated ribbon of toothpaste and for enhanced cleaning.02-07-2013
20100101031Toothbrush - A toothbrush is disclosed which in contrast to presently available toothbrushes on the market can be operated solely by finger and thumb movement and pressure. By these means all brushing movements or strokes be they horizontal, vertical or rotational are more easily executed by the user than with presently known toothbrushes with which, due to their design, horizontal scrubbing becomes the normal method of cleaning the teeth.04-29-2010
20100162498TOOTHBRUSH AND ATTACHMENT THEREFOR - An electric toothbrush includes a handpiece and a mountable attachment. The attachment includes a working head and a coupling member which is joined to the working head and connectable to the toothbrush handpiece by positive and/or frictional engagement. The attachment can be an attachment brush for dental cleansing, or for interproximal cleaning devices, such as gum massage heads or other attachment tools for performing similar tasks in the oral cavity. The coupling member is braced against the toothbrush handpiece, to provide a low to zero-play connection which accommodates production tolerances. At least one pivot lever or toggle joint is provided for clamping the coupling member upon the toothbrush handpiece.07-01-2010
20100043157Electro-Polymer Motor - An electro-polymer motor comprising a fixed member and a first actuator having a first end fixedly connected to the fixed member and a second end is presented. The first actuator comprises a polymer positioned between two electrodes. The electrodes are in communication with a power supply. The motor also comprises a driven member comprising a first leg and a second leg such that the first leg and the second leg are separated by an axis. The driven member is fixedly connected to the second end of the first actuator. The motor also comprises a compressible member having a first end fixedly connected to the fixed member and a second end fixedly connected to the second leg of the driven member. The compressible member is spaced apart from the first actuator. The first actuator elongates after the power supply applies a voltage across the electrodes to move the driven member.02-25-2010
20100043156TOOTHBRUSH AND ATTACHMENT THEREFOR - An electric toothbrush includes a handpiece with a drive shaft and attachment, which has a working head and a coupling member connecting the working head and the handpiece. The coupling member of the attachment contains a plug-on shaft to engage the drive shaft. An attachment coupling part is axially movable in a longitudinal direction to produce an unlocking or locking movement of the plug on shaft in the transverse direction. The connection can be released and re-established by axial push-on and pull-off movements. A transversely movable engagement part of a coupling contour of the plug-on shaft of the attachment and an actuating part provided on the coupling member are movable in the attachment longitudinal direction, such that relative movement of the actuating part and engagement part in the longitudinal direction produces an unlocking or locking movement of the engagement part in a direction transverse to the attachment longitudinal direction.02-25-2010
20130086758Safe-Mode Toothbrush Controller - Systems and methods are provided for dental cleaning or whitening. An example toothbrush including a body and a head comprises an electromagnetic-radiation generation component, a safety component, and a transmission component. The electromagnetic-radiation generation component is configured to generate electromagnetic radiation upon activation, the electromagnetic-radiation generation component being located in a body of the toothbrush. The safety component is configured to activate the electromagnetic-radiation generation component in response to an activation event. The transmission component is configured to transmit the electromagnetic radiation to the head of the toothbrush for dental cleaning or whitening.04-11-2013
20130086759BRUSH HEAD FOR A TOOTHBRUSH AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE BRUSH HEAD - The brush head of the toothbrush has filaments that are pointed at one end and led through clearances in the bristle carrier. These filaments have a length of about 10-20 mm. The tips of the pointed filaments produce a height profile other than that of a plane and the ends of the pointed filaments that are remote from the tips are melted.04-11-2013
20110005013ORBITAL ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush with improved brush head motion is provided. The electric toothbrush includes a head comprising a fixed base having a concave portion, and a brush head having a convex portion. The convex brush head nests within the concave base to allow for rotational and tilting movement of the brush head relative to the base. The brush head movement may be driven by a motor housed within the toothbrush.01-13-2011
20100269275ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush capable of suppressing loss of vibration energy while suppressing the vibration of the portion a user grips with hand is provided. In an electric toothbrush including an inner case, made up of an inner case main body and a motor holder, mounted with various components including a motor; an outer case which interiorly accommodates the inner case and which acts as a portion the user grips with hand when brushing teeth; an eccentric shaft, configured by a shaft main body and an eccentric member, which center of gravity is arranged at a position shifted from a shaft center and which rotates by a drive force of the motor; and a vibration transmitting component for transmitting the vibration generated with the rotation of the eccentric shaft to a brush portion; where the vibration transmitting component is positioned with respect to the outer case by point contacting the inner wall surface of the outer case at a plurality of locations.10-28-2010
20090293212ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH/FLOSSER - An oral care device has a drive shaft with an eccentrically revolving proximal end. A socket or other member constrains an intermediate position of the drive shaft such that both ends of the drive shaft tend to revolve. Depending on the particular design, the drive shaft may also rotate about its own axis while the ends are revolving. The constraining member may be user adjustable in a manner that alters the amplitude of movement of the drive shaft at the head end.12-03-2009
20090271935APPARATUS FOR CLEANING FLOOR - An apparatus for cleaning floor is disclosed, which is capable of maximizing a user's convenience by an automatic operation, minimizing jolt or vibration generated for its operation, and realizing enhanced endurance and safety, wherein the apparatus includes first and second movable members rectilinearly reciprocating along the same straight line in opposite directions with each other.11-05-2009
20090056044ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION EMITTING TOOTHBRUSH AND DENTIFRICE SYSTEM - A device includes a handle coupled with an activated textured surface that can be implemented using a repetitive movement mechanism and a treatment energy source, such as an electromagnetic radiation source. The handle may be used to provide detection, treatment and/or management of sundry conditions including, for example, tooth discoloration, tissue damage, periodontal disease, tumors, pain, halitosis, and bronchitis. The activated textured surface may include a surface topography including corrugations, bristles, protuberances, or pits, or other surfaces for facilitating agitation, cleaning or other surface treatments.03-05-2009
20090056043Electric toothbrush - It is desired to realize designing of a light, compact body and improved brushing effect and massage effect without causing any inconvenience, and to prevent the tip of a brush formed by a bristle bundle from remaining curled.03-05-2009
20110010875ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - A three-axis acceleration sensor is mounted to a body of an electric toothbrush. A CPU detects the three-dimensional attitude of the body based on an output from the acceleration sensor and, based on the attitude of the toothbrush, estimates which portion is being brushed. Then, the CPU performs control for switching between operation modes (such as the rotational direction of a motor and the frequency of vibration of the brush) according to the estimated portion being brushed.01-20-2011
20110010874VIBRATING TOOTHBRUSH AND A REPLACEABLE BRUSH HEAD FOR USE WITH THE SAME - A vibrating toothbrush comprising a handle including a body with a tubular member extending outwardly from one end. A replaceable sleeve slides over the tubular member and detachably engages the body. One or more of the sleeve, tubular member and body incorporates a vibration damping zone for reducing vibration transmission from the sleeve to the handle. The damping zone is one of a material that differs in damping properties to the material of the rest of the toothbrush; a hole defined in the one of the sleeve, tubular member and body, and a toothbrush where that hole is filled with an elastomeric material.01-20-2011
20090265869ELECTRIC BIDIRECTIONAL ROTATION REVERSIBLE TOOTHBRUSH WITH SPEED REDUCING CASE - This invention is related to an electric brush that provides a correct, harmless and easy brushing for the human oral health and cleaning, it also may be used in the therapeutic hygiene of handicapped persons and even in veterinary use for related animals. It has reloadable batteries. It includes a reversible electric motor, a reducer gear cage, a cylindrical or conic brush with special bristles in all its surface (360°), a cabling and electric switches of 3 position that achieves a complete EFFICIENT ROTATION of the brush in 2 directions manually changeable, one of them clockwise and the other one counterclockwise to make the brushing of the teeth in the right direction required and recommended by the dentists for the gums of each maxillary. This is the only one brush that due to its design of shape and bristles and its reducer gear cage that balances and harmonizes the speed-force-torque for an EFFICIENT ROTATION, gets an EFFICIENT AND HARMLESS BRUSHING without harmful side effects.10-29-2009
20090235471MULTI-POSITIONABLE ELECTRONIC TOOTHBRUSH - A multi-positionable electronic toothbrush includes a toothbrush body, and a brush head capable of operating at a plurality of angles with respect to said toothbrush body.09-24-2009
20090019649Electric toothbrush - The device of the present invention is a split head toothbrush having a powered mechanism that actively causes the two portions of the split head to move relative to each other. The toothbrush includes a camshaft that is operationally connected to a motor in the handle of the brush. The camshaft extends through the neck of the brush and into the head, terminating in the head at a point beneath the bristles. The camshaft has two offset cam lobes that contact both of the portions of the split head. As the camshaft rotates, the cam lobes cause the portions of the split head to move upwardly and downwardly relative to each other. The head of the toothbrush may be permanently attached to the handle or may be selectively detached therefrom.01-22-2009
20120233790BRUSH BODY AND TOOTHBRUSH - A brush body has bristle bundles embedded in a brush head. A bristle contained in the bristle bundles includes a core which consists of a conductive member, and a sheath which consists of an insulating member and covers the core. The core is exposed at the tip portion of the bristle and functions as an electrode for passing current into the mouth. The embedding of the bristle bundles in an electrically conductive base arranged in the brush head electrically connects the core to the base.09-20-2012
20120233789ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An elastic ring is disposed between a grip case and a trunk which is formed on an inner case of a body case to which a toothbrush head is mounted. As a result, the vibration of a motor which is contained in a motor accommodation portion of the inner case is less likely to be transmitted to the grip because of the elastic ring, and is transmitted to the toothbrush head side in a concentrated manner. Also, the tooth cleaning performance is increased, and vibration to the hand which grips the grip case is reduced to enable the user to comfortably brush the teeth.09-20-2012
20120233788ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - On a tip of a main body case is formed a cylindrical brush attachment shaft tube to which a toothbrush head (holding unit) is removably attached. In a space within the cylindrical brush attachment shaft tube is disposed a motor to which an eccentric weight generating vibration is attached. Therefore, it is possible for the tip of the toothbrush head to approach the main body case side by the length of the cylindrical brush attachment shaft tube, thereby shortening the total length of an electric toothbrush.09-20-2012
20080295266Toothbrush and process for producing the same - The invention relates to an electric toothbrush (12-04-2008
20090282628TOOTHBRUSHES - Toothbrush heads, e.g., for power toothbrushes, are provided. An embodiment of the toothbrush heads include a support structure, a plurality of upstanding accurate members extending upward from a surface of the support structure forming an open center area, a second cleaning element disposed within the open center area and plurality of bristle tufts extending from the support structure and at least partially surrounding at least one of the plurality of arcuate segments11-19-2009
20110083287Electric Toothbrushes - An electric toothbrush is provided. The electric toothbrush has a handle, a head with a carriers and a longitudinal axis, and a neck disposed between the handle and the head. A motor is disposed within the handle. A shaft is operatively connected to the motor. The shaft is operatively connected to the carrier to move the carrier in a first motion. The carrier is capable of moving in a second motion when subjected to user forces.04-14-2011
20110138551Electric Toothbrush - An electric toothbrush is disclosed. The toothbrush includes a housing; a brush; an electric motor for driving the brush; a power supply for providing the electric power required for operation of the toothbrush; a switch mechanism for turning the drive on and off; and an electronic circuit for adjusting the effective voltage (U06-16-2011
20100223742AIR INJECTION TYPE PORTABLE DENTAL FLOSSES - An air injection portable inter-dental toothbrush can be devised consisting of: driving section (09-09-2010
20110283469BIO-ACTIVATED ORAL CARE INSTRUMENT - An oral care instrument, such as a motorized toothbrush, which activates upon exposure to the oral environment of the user, is described. The electrical conductivity of saliva, optionally mixed with toothpaste and water, may be utilized to complete an electrical circuit that powers a motorized device within the instrument.11-24-2011
20110289703Personal care article with vibrating head part - An interdental treatment device, such as a toothbrush, includes a handle configured to accommodate an electric power source, a head carrying an interdental treatment tool, and a neck between the handle and the head. The head or neck includes a mechanical motorized vibratory device, including a drive which causes the head to vibrate. Electrical connections are operably connected to the mechanical vibratory device and the electric power source to power the mechanical vibratory device via the electrical connections. In various embodiments, a switch may be operably connected to at least one of the electrical connections to interrupt power from the power source to the mechanical motorized vibratory device. In various embodiments, a vibration-damping structure dampens vibration transmission from the head to the handle.12-01-2011
20110289702ELECTRIC BATTERY POWERED TOOTHBRUSH WITH INTEGRATED TONGUE CLEANER - An oral care device includes an electrical toothbrush with integral tongue scrapers. The device includes an electrical tooth cleaning device and an electrical tongue cleaning device operated by a single motor. Cleaning gears disposed in a head portion of the device include both bristles for cleaning teeth and nodules for scraping the surface of the tongue. The bristles protrude from a first end of the cleaning gears and the nodules are formed on an opposite second end of the cleaning gears such that rotation of the cleaning gears provides movement of both the bristles and the nodules.12-01-2011
20110289701Manufacturing Method of Toothbrush Filaments Using Power Toothbrush and Toothbrush Using Thereof - Provided is a tapered filament for a power toothbrush made of a synthetic resin and formed with tapers at two ends thereof and a non-tapered area for tufting part of which middle is tufted into a power toothbrush, wherein an overall length is 16 to 22 mm, a length of the non-tapered area for tufting part is 4 to 12 mm, and the rest parts except for the non-tapered area for tufting part form tapers at two ends.12-01-2011
20100263143TOOTHBRUSH WITH POWERED HEAD - A powered toothbrush includes a handle having a neck. A head is mounted to the neck and has a first surface and an opposed second surface. At least one fixed tuft block is mounted to the head in a fixed orientation and has a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending outwardly away from the first surface. A movable tuft block is flexibly connected to each fixed tuft block and has a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending outwardly away from the first surface. A drive assembly is operably connected to the movable tuft block to move the movable tuft block with respect to each fixed tuft block.10-21-2010
20110214239ACTUATOR AND ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH UTILIZING SAME - Disclosed is an actuator that realizes reciprocal rotational motion of an electric toothbrush, for example, without utilizing a drive transmission mechanism that is separate from the drive source. In the actuator, a fixed body (09-08-2011
20100101032TOOTHBRUSH AND ATTACHMENT THEREFOR - An attachment for an electric toothbrush, including a working head and coupling member mountable on a toothbrush handpiece. The coupling member includes a sleeve-shaped coupling insert with an engagement section for locking with the handpiece. The coupling insert is displaceable relative to the coupling member or an actuating member such that an axial movement of the coupling insert relative to the coupling member or actuating member produces an unlocking/locking movement of the engagement section in a direction transverse to the attachment longitudinal direction. The attachment or actuating member is first moved axially relative to a locked coupling insert until the axial relative movement releases the lock for the coupling insert and the attachment to be separated from the toothbrush handpiece. This two-stage attaching or connecting mechanism permits use of non-self-locking connecting or faying contours because the locking movement takes place in a direction transverse to the attachment longitudinal direction.04-29-2010
20110173765TOOTHBRUSHES - Tooth cleaning devices. An embodiment of a tooth cleaning device includes: an elongated head sized to fit in an oral cavity. The elongated head having a first surface and a neck extending from the head. A first tooth cleaning element having a plurality of upstanding wiping members extends upward from below the first surface and extends radially outward from a center of the first tooth cleaning element. Each upstanding wiping member has a free outermost edge that extends upwards substantially from the first surface to the top of the wiping member. A plurality of upstanding arcuate shaped second tooth cleaning elements secured to the head and located outboard of the first tooth cleaning element are also provided. In addition, a plurality of upstanding third tooth cleaning elements are secured to the head and border an edge of the first surface. The third tooth cleaning elements have a circular cross-sectional area.07-21-2011
20100269276Small Electrical Appliance Having An Indicator Element - A small electrical appliance is provided. The small electrical appliance includes a switch element having an on position and an off position that can be activated by a user; an indicator element having a first function and a second function; and a control unit for monitoring the switch element and for controlling the indicator element. The small electrical appliance includes a first operating condition and a second operating condition. And the control unit activates the indicator element to indicate the first function when the small electrical appliance is in the first operating condition and the switch element is in the off position, and the control unit activates the indicator element to indicate the second function when the small electrical appliance is in the first operating condition and the switch element is in the on position.10-28-2010
20080209649Toothbrush, as Well as Toothbrush Head Therefor - A toothbrush and toothbrush head with a bristle carrier, on which a bristle section featuring a multitude of filaments is arranged. At least one filament is provided with a taper on its free end with a shape other than a rotationally symmetrical shape to preserve a high flexural strength of the filament in one direction. The taper is a flat-pressed scarfing such that the filament has a greater flexural strength with respect to a first lateral axis than with respect to a second lateral axis perpendicular to the first lateral axis in the region of the taper. The flat-pressed scarfing at the point of the filament improves penetration into the interdental spaces, while the higher geometrical moment of inertia of the wide side reduces the bending of the filament during use.09-04-2008
20080209650Oral hygiene devices - Oral hygiene devices employing an ultrasound transducer are disclosed. The device is user-activatable to commence an operating cycle, and has a controller that may provide a timing function and may provide a variable level of ultrasound transducer output during an operating cycle. The controller may provide a monitoring function that is capable of detecting an ultrasound transducer fault condition and alert a user, through a user interface, when an ultrasound transducer fault condition is detected. The controller may be programmed to count the number of device operating cycles or accumulate the total device operating time and activate a transducer replacement signal following a predetermined number of uses or a predetermined accumulated operating time. The ultrasound transducer assembly may be provided in operative communication with an ultrasound drive circuit and power supply by means of a transformer assembly that inductively couples and transfers power from the ultrasound drive circuit to the ultrasound transducer.09-04-2008
20080216257TOOTHBRUSH HAVING A PLURALITY OF REPLACABLE HEADS CONFIGURED TO CLEAN A PLURALITY OF ORAL SURFACES SIMULTANEOUSLY - A toothbrush has a plurality of replaceable cleaning heads configured to clean a plurality of teeth surfaces simultaneously. The cleaning heads may be configured to clean one row of teeth at a time or bottom and top teeth simultaneously. In a configuration for cleaning bottom and top teeth simultaneously, the cleaning heads for the top teeth are movably offset from the cleaning heads for the bottom teeth to accommodate occlusion. The toothbrush may be manual or electrical. Accessories such as a tongue and cheek scraper and tooth pick are available.09-11-2008
20100275394Oral Care Implement With Cavitation System - An oral care implement generates cavitation within the oral cavity. One or more cavitation cleaning elements may be located in the head area of the oral care implement. The cavitation cleaning element vibrates at a frequency that produces cavitation of fluids within the oral cavity. The oral care implement may include an elastomeric cavitation cleaning element. A cleaning element may be configured to vibratory release an oral care substance from a container; and a body for gripping the implement.11-04-2010
20090038090Hand-held electrical conductor cleaning apparatus - A hand-held electrical conductor cleaning apparatus including a frame having a handle section and a tube section; an abrasive member movably mounted in the tube section; a motor adapted to move the abrasive member inside the tube section; a battery connected to the motor; and a user control for actuating the motor.02-12-2009
20110005014Electric Toothbrush And Toothbrush Head - A toothbrush head of an electric toothbrush, the toothbrush extending longitudinally and having a hand part, the toothbrush head including a drive rocker, a brush-head carrier coupled to the drive rocker, a main bristle carrier and an additional bristle carrier, both carriers bearing a bristle arrangement and moveably attached to the brush-head carrier and driven in oscillation by the drive rocker, and a drive-coupler affixed to at least one of the bristle carriers and coupled to the drive rocker. The head can include two separately mounted bristle carriers, supporting bristle arrangements, which are driven about different movement axes by the drive rocker to enhance the cleaning action of the toothbrush.01-13-2011
20130212815GAUGE WHEEL ASSEMBLY FOR HAND HELD PORTABLE POWER TOOL - A gauge wheel assembly for a hand held portable power tool has first and second gauge wheels arranged on opposite lateral sides of a working attachment of the tool to contact the ground and gauge the height of the working attachment relative to the ground. The gauge wheel assembly includes a clamp assembly that clamps to an outer surface of a tubular boom of the tool. First and second arms extend outwardly from opposite lateral sides of the clamp assembly and have distal portions that support the gauge wheels adjacent to the lateral sides of the working attachment. A plurality of mounting locations are provided in the distal portions of the first and second arms for adjustably mounting the gauge wheels to the arms. The working attachment can be a rotary sweeper that extends in a cantilever fashion from a center gearbox attached to the tubular boom.08-22-2013
20100170051TOOTHBRUSH - The invention relates to an electric toothbrush. In one embodiment, the invention relates to the toothbrush handle part having a coupling device for coupling an attachment thereto, especially an attachable brush, and a drive train, especially a drive shaft, which can be driven by a drive motor, for driving the attachment. In another embodiment, the invention relates to the above attachment which especially may be an attachable brush, comprising a connecting piece that can be placed on the handle part neck of the toothbrush handle part. The toothbrush handle part comprises disengageable arresting means for arresting, blocking, and/or braking the drive train part. Advantageously, the arresting means are automatically released when the attachable brush is attached and are transferred to the arrested state when the attachable brush is removed. In the arrested state of the drive train part, the drive motor is automatically switched off.07-08-2010
20080216258Electric Toothbrush and Charging Unit - A handpiece of an electric toothbrush having a housing in which a drive unit is received. The housing has a forward or rearward housing opening adapted to be closed by a cover in a preferably moisture- and liquid-proof manner, with snap-action detent elements provided on the housing and/or the cover for locking the cover on the housing with a snap action. A combination of snap-fitting and threaded engagement releases the snap-fitting engagement between the cover and the housing.09-11-2008
20090178215ORAL HYGIENE DEVICE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY - An oral hygiene device includes a handle and a cleaning head supported on one end of the handle. A vibratory source is supported on the handle and is operative to generate vibratory output. A mounting element is disposed between the handle and the vibratory source. A connecting member extends between the vibratory source and the cleaning head, and is adapted to generate motion at the cleaning head in response to the vibratory output generated at the vibratory source.07-16-2009
20090188057TOOTHBRUSH DEVICE - A toothbrush device including a brush member and a grip. The brush member includes an electric terminal accommodation chamber and an electric terminal plate accommodated in the electric terminal accommodation chamber. The electric terminal plate includes a contact, which comes into contact with a contact portion of a coupler shaft of the grip through a window providing communication with a receptacle of the brush member. The brush member includes a holding portion supporting the coupler shaft. The receptacle includes a fastener mount portion and an engaging piece which cooperates with the fastener mount portion to hold the coupler shaft therebetween. The engaging piece and the contact portion are arranged at the same side of the axis of the coupler shaft. The fastener mount portion is arranged opposite the contact portion with respect to the axis of the coupler shaft.07-30-2009
20090183324Electronic toothbrush, and transmission for an electric toothbrush - The transmission according to the invention for an electric toothbrush serves for the transmission and reforming of a rotational movement provided by an electric motor into a particularly careful and effective cleaning movement of a cleaning element. The ratio of the distance between the longitudinal mid-axis of an output shaft and the longitudinal mid-axis of a drive shaft of the transmission and of the distance between the longitudinal mid-axis of a shaft driving a cam of the transmission and the longitudinal mid-axis of the cam amounts to at least 10:1.07-23-2009
20090064429PROTECTIVE HOUSING WITH INTERIOR DECORATIVE SLEEVE MEMBER FOR A POWER ORAL CARE APPLIANCE - An oral care appliance, includes a handle portion and attachable to the handle portion. toothbrush is positioned within such as a power toothbrush a head portion which is A driving assembly for the handle portion. The handle portion includes an exterior transparent protective housing which satisfies conventional environmental and consumer tests and requirements, and an interior sleeve member adapted to receive the driving assembly and which fits within the transparent housing and is visible therethrough. The interior sleeve member is clearly differentiated from other sleeve members by means of a visual component, such as color or surface texture, thus providing a ready differentiation between otherwise similar or the same toothbrushes.03-12-2009
20090211043ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHBRUSH HEAD FOR THE SAME - A toothbrush head of an electric toothbrush, the toothbrush extending longitudinally and having a hand part, the toothbrush head including a drive rocker, a brush-head carrier coupled to the drive rocker, a main bristle carrier and an additional bristle carrier, both carriers bearing a bristle arrangement and moveably attached to the brush-head carrier and driven in oscillation by the drive rocker, and a drive-coupler affixed to at least one of the bristle carriers and coupled to the drive rocker. The head can include two separately mounted bristle carriers, supporting bristle arrangements, which are driven about different movement axes by the drive rocker to enhance the cleaning action of the toothbrush.08-27-2009
20090241276POWER TOOTHBRUSH WITH ADJUSTABLE OPERATION - The system changes frequency of the toothbrush to adjust the amplitude of motion of the brush portion of the toothbrush. The change in frequency occurs either manually or automatically. In the manual embodiment, the user, via a switch and internal circuitry, can adjust the operating frequency of the toothbrush which results in a change of amplitude to a value which is most comfortable to the user. In the automatic mode, the resonant frequency of the toothbrush is determined upon initiation of the operation of the toothbrush. The resonant frequency value is then offset by a selected amount, usually higher than the resonant frequency; this offset frequency is the operating frequency of the toothbrush.10-01-2009
20120192367Portable Electric Toothbrush - A portable electric toothbrush is disclosed. The portable electric toothbrush includes: a main body having a switch; a brush head having a plurality of bristles and connected to one end of the main body; a holding portion connected to the other end of the main body; a charging circuit configured in the main body; a chargeable battery coupled to the charging circuit; a control circuit coupled to the switch; a motor coupled to the control circuit; and an USB interface coupled to the charging circuit, whereby providing electricity to the chargeable battery, thereby achieving the purpose of charging.08-02-2012
20100154151VIBRATION-CANCELING SECONDARY RESONATOR FOR USE IN A PERSONAL CARE APPLICANCE - The personal care appliance (06-24-2010
20100154152Toothbrush and process for producing the same - The invention relates to an electric toothbrush (06-24-2010
20100162499Vibrating Toothbrush - A toothbrush has a head extending from a neck which extends from a handle, and the head has a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending therefrom. A first group of tooth cleaning elements is located towards a free end of the head, and a second group of tooth cleaning elements is located towards the outside of the head. A third group of tooth cleaning elements, which alternate with the second group of tufts, are oriented at an acute angle to a top surface of the head in a direction that is across the width of the head. A fourth group of tooth cleaning elements is located toward the inside of the head, and each is made of a thermoplastic elastomer and each is in the shape of a curved wall. A fifth group of tooth cleaning elements is located towards the inside of the head.07-01-2010
20100162500Dental Cleaning Device - The invention is directed to a dental cleaning device. It relates in particular to a handle section of an electric toothbrushing device, with a coupling section for coupling various cleaning tools thereto, a drive mechanism for driving the coupled cleaning tool, and a control device for controlling the drive mechanism. The invention further relates to such cleaning tools. According to the invention the handle section includes an electronic interlock device which is deactivated by an encoded interlock canceling element on the cleaning tool only when the cleaning tool is coupled to the handle section (FIG. 07-01-2010
20090313773Electric Toothbrush - An electric toothbrush in which the brushing head moves in an elliptical motion such that, on the brushing stroke, the bristles are proximate the teeth, and in the recovery portion of the cycle the bristles are pulled away from the teeth. A position sensitive switch automatically switches from a forward to a reverse operation of the electric motor, depending on the positioning of the toothbrush in a user's hand, allowing the user to brush both the upper and lower teeth using a stroke carrying the bristles from the gum line to the ends of the teeth, as is recommended by dental professionals, without having to move the toothbrush from hand to hand or manually move the switch from the forward to the reverse positions. A bridge pad engages the face of the teeth, maintaining a proper distance between the teeth and bristles during the elliptical rotation of the brush head.12-24-2009
20100242193HEAD FOR A POWERED DENTURE BRUSH AND A DENTURE BRUSH INCORPORATING THE SAME - A head for a denture brush that is detachably connected to a powered handle and a denture brush incorporating the same. The head includes a housing having a first set of bristles extending outwardly from a first side and a second set of bristles extending outwardly from a second side. The first and second sets of bristles are mounted such that they are movable in response to rotation of a camshaft in the head. Some of bristles on each side of the head may be linearly pulsed toward and away from the housing substantially orthogonally to a longitudinal axis of the head. Additionally, some of the bristles on each side of the head may be rotated about a horizontal axis that is orthogonal to the longitudinal axis.09-30-2010
20100242194Personal care article with vibrating head part - An interdental treatment device, such as a toothbrush, includes a handle configured to accommodate an electric power source, a head carrying an interdental treatment tool, and a neck between the handle and the head. The head or neck includes a mechanical motorized vibratory device, including a drive which causes the head to vibrate. Electrical connections are operably connected to the mechanical vibratory device and the electric power source to power the mechanical vibratory device via the electrical connections. In various embodiments, a switch may be operably connected to at least one of the electrical connections to interrupt power from the power source to the mechanical motorized vibratory device. In various embodiments, a vibration-damping structure dampens vibration transmission from the head to the handle.09-30-2010
20100251493BRUSHHEAD/HANDLE INTERFACE FOR A POWER TOOTHBRUSH - The brushhead/handle interface includes a brushhead assembly (10-07-2010
20100058547HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FOR DRIVING A MEMBRANE BRUSHHEAD WHICH INCLUDES BRISTLES MOUNTED THEREON - The toothbrush includes a handle portion which has a disc spring assembly driven by a solenoid coil. The upper end of a central shaft which extends from the solenoid is connected to a drive flexible membrane assembly which in operation moves back and forth under the positive action of the solenoid central shaft and the return action of the spring on the central shaft. The drive membrane acts on hydraulic fluid which extends through a stem portion of the toothbrush to the brushhead, which includes a movable brushhead membrane. The moving fluid acts on the brushhead membrane to move it.03-11-2010
20090249565ORAL-CARE DEVICE AND SYSTEM - A device with two or more regions configured to clean or treat a working surface is disclosed. Preferably, the device is an oral-care device with a power cleaning head. The power cleaning head comprises two or more regions, wherein at least one of the regions is configured to move and wherein at least one of the regions comprises a squeegee element. Preferably, the regions are configured to independently rotate, oscillate, vibrate or otherwise move while cleaning teeth and gums and can each include bristles, nodules, squeegee elements, or any combination thereof.10-08-2009
20090320221ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush is provided with a brush portion, a motor including a rotary shaft, a battery, which supplies the motor with power supply voltage, and an eccentric shaft, which rotates together with the rotary shaft. The eccentric shaft has a center of gravity located at a position deviated from an axis of the rotary shaft of the motor. An oscillation transmission mechanism transmits oscillations generated by the rotation of the eccentric shaft. An oscillation amplitude regulation circuit regulates an oscillation amplitude of the brush portion to be constant regardless of changes in the power supply voltage in a state in which the brush portion is free from external loads.12-31-2009
20090070947Electrically Operated, Continuously Adjustable Personal Hygiene Device - A toothbrush has a removable end cap at its free end area directed away from the bristles, which end cap closes off an inner space of a grip element. The end cap accommodates an electrical control element, in particular a potentiometer, which can be adjusted via an adjustment element arranged rotatably on the end cap. The toothbrush also comprises an electrical power consumption unit, in particular an electric motor, which is designed to set the bristles in vibration. The energy supply from an energy reservoir arranged in the interior to the electrical power consumption unit can be adjusted continuously by means of the control element, as a result of which the vibration intensity of the bristles can be steplessly adjusted.03-19-2009
20100299855Control apparatus - A control apparatus for a work object having a member with a substantially convoluted configuration such that it can be disposed in an operational position in contact with the work object in at least two points of contact to retain the control apparatus substantially in an operational position relative to the work object.12-02-2010
20100299856TOOTHBRUSH ATTACHMENT AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF - The present invention relates to a toothbrush attachment for an electric toothbrush, having a preferably tube-shaped body part on which an electronic module, such as a transponder, is mounted. The invention further relates to a method for producing such a toothbrush attachment and to a toothbrush having such a toothbrush attachment. According to the invention, the at least one electronic component is welded into the toothbrush attachment. According to the invention, the electronic component is encapsulated in an intermediate space between two body parts of the toothbrush attachment and is closed by at least one weld seam bonding the two body parts to each other. This ensures comprehensive protection of the electronic component by the body parts covering it.12-02-2010
20110005015ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush includes a driving source, a vibrating member having a brush, a transmission mechanism for converting output of the driving source into vibration of the vibrating member, and control means for controlling output of the driving source. The control means has a plurality of operation modes for allowing the brush to perform a predetermined operation. The plurality of control modes are switched at high speed to allow brushing using a transient state at a time of operation mode switching. It is suitable to switch at high speed between operation modes using two resonance points in which resonance occurs in different directions. Accordingly, the electric toothbrush is improved in plaque removing power and sense of medical treatment.01-13-2011
20110239383LINEAR ACTUATOR - Provided is a linear actuator which is simple in structure, inexpensive to manufacture, in addition, has small magnetic leakage, and can provide a large inertial force without increasing the number of parts and weight.10-06-2011
20110107532VIBRATING TOOTHBRUSH - A vibrating toothbrush is provided with vibration-isolating zones that substantially isolate vibrations in the head and reduce vibrations transmitted to the handle without sacrificing structural integrity around the vibration-isolation zones. Such zones may generally comprise neck material that is reduced in cross-section, thinned, replaced by dampening material, or removed altogether to create transmission-inhibiting voids. The vibration-isolating zones may be further supported by the housing of the vibratory element to maintain the structural integrity around the zones and to thereby alleviating weakness conditions that might subject the toothbrush to fatigue and breakage conditions.05-12-2011
20100132141Electric Toothbrushes - A toothbrush has a handle, a head and a neck disposed between and connecting the head and the handle. A bristle carrier is disposed on the head. The bristle carrier has a plurality of outer tufts and a plurality of intermediate tufts. The plurality of intermediate tufts are disposed inboard of the plurality of outer tufts. Each of the plurality of intermediate tufts have a height, and at least a portion of the plurality of intermediate tufts have notches. The notches are oriented in a direction which is generally perpendicular to the height.06-03-2010
20100132140A TOOTHBRUSH - The present invention provides a toothbrush (06-03-2010
20100132139DRIVE DEVICE FOR DRIVING A BRUSH ELEMENT OF AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - A toothbrush drive includes a first drive component for generating a magnetic field and a second drive component driven in both a translational and rotational manner under the influence of the magnetic field. A transmission element is deflected out of a predetermined position for transmission of both translational and rotary movement of the second drive component. The deflection of the transmission element varies along its longitudinal axis. A transmission element can be deflected out of a predefined position for transmission of a translatory movement and a rotational movement of the second drive component to the brush element along a longitudinal axis of the transmission element. The deflection of the transmission element out of the predefined position is varied along the longitudinal axis of the transmission element.06-03-2010
20110083288Electric Toothbrush - An attachment part for an electric toothbrush is disclosed. The attachment has a brush head, a tubular connecting piece being connected to the brush head for connecting the same to the head of a toothbrush handle, and a drive shaft for driving the working head. The connecting piece has at least one interior latching element that is arranged such that it is suitable to move into the interior of the neck of the handle and to create a disengageable connection of the attachment part to the neck of the handle, the interior latching element being radially inwardly offset, with regard to the diameter thereof, relative to an internal cylindrical surface of the connecting piece, such that a gap remains between the exterior of the interior latching element and the internal cylindrical surface, the gap being suitably made such that a wall of the neck of the handle can be moved into it.04-14-2011
20110247154Electric Toothbrush And Brush Head Therefor - A brush head for an electric toothbrush is disclosed. The brush head includes a substantially plate-shaped bristle support carrying a bristle field, the bristle field having a main axis extending substantially perpendicularly to the bristle support and including a plurality of bristles defining with their free ends a flat or concave working surface to be put onto the teeth to be cleaned; driving and/or transmitting means for driving the bristle support using a reciprocating poking motion along a poking axis and an oscillatory rotational motion about an axis of rotation; and connecting means for connecting the bristle support with a toothbrush handpiece such that a brush head longitudinal axis extends substantially parallel to a toothbrush handpiece longitudinal axis in connected condition. The bristle field with its bristle field main axis is arranged at a tilt relative to the brush head longitudinal axis such that the bristle field main axis is inclined at an acute angle of inclination (Φ) to a perpendicular upon the brush head longitudinal axis, and wherein a working surface is inclined in opposite direction to the tilt of the bristle field main axis such that a plane lying onto the working surface is sloped at an acute angle to a plane perpendicular to the bristle field main axis.10-13-2011
20090217469Electric toothbrush and toothbrush head for the same - A toothbrush head of an electric toothbrush, the toothbrush extending longitudinally and having a hand part, the toothbrush head including a drive rocker, a brush-head carrier coupled to the drive rocker, a main bristle carrier and an additional bristle carrier, both carriers bearing a bristle arrangement and moveably attached to the brush-head carrier and driven in oscillation by the drive rocker, and a drive-coupler affixed to at least one of the bristle carriers and coupled to the drive rocker. The head can include two separately mounted bristle carriers, supporting bristle arrangements, which are driven about different movement axes by the drive rocker to enhance the cleaning action of the toothbrush.09-03-2009
201000711422-SPEED TOOTHBRUSH - A circuit for varying the speed of a variable speed motor having a power source to provide a voltage to the motor and a diode as a means to provide a voltage drop within the circuit that is substantially independent of the amount of current to the motor. The invention may further comprise an electric toothbrush using the circuit.03-25-2010
20100058548TOOTHBRUSH BRUSHHEAD FOR A POWER TOOTHBRUSH WITH ANGLED BRISTLES - The brushhead, which has a rotating action, includes a bristle plate and three separate sets of bristle tufts. A first set of bristle tufts extends longitudinally down the approximate center of the brushhead and is arranged to extend vertically from the base plate. The second and third sets of bristle tufts are arranged on opposing sides of the first set of bristle tufts, with the second and third sets of bristle tufts being arranged at an angle outwardly, in opposing directions, from the first set of bristle tufts, the angle being in the range of 5°-45°. The length of all the bristle tufts is established so that the tips of the bristles in the first, second and third sets of bristle tufts form a shallow arc.03-11-2010
20110072599Multi-Motion Toothbrush - An electrically powered toothbrush has a body having a first end, a head opposite the first end, a neck between the first end and head, an electrical motor and a power source disposed in the body, a drive shaft operatively connected to the motor, and a bristle carrier. The head has a frame defining a recess. The shaft has a longitudinal axis of rotation and a portion offset from the axis of rotation. The bristle carrier is disposed within the recess and is pivotally secured to the frame by a laterally extending pivot member disposed substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of rotation. The bristle carrier has a receiving channel adapted to receive the offset portion. The rotation of the drive shaft causes the offset portion to engage the receiving channel of the bristle carrier thereby causing the bristle carrier to pivot about the pivot member.03-31-2011
20110061186BRUSH - A brush, particularly a vibrating paint brush, has a tapered connection with a detachable brush head. A damper sufficiently flexible to reduce the amplitude of vibration of the grip portion and sufficiently rigid to enable use as an ordinary paint brush may be provided between a grip and an active portion of the handle. The vibration measured at the root of the bristles may have an amplitude in the range 1.5 to 3.5 mm and a frequency in the range 60 to 100 Hz.03-17-2011
20110056032Toothbrush With An Electric Circuit - A toothbrush having a circuit for improving oral cavity health, displaying innovative light performance, allowing easy operation and reduced production cost. The toothbrush includes an electronic circuit disposed within a handle of the toothbrush, a power source, a light source, and a device to release ions. Ions are automatically generated within an oral cavity when a user holds the handle and wets the toothbrush with water, thus helping to maintain oral hygiene and providing a dazzling light performance emitted from the handle.03-10-2011
20110047728CLEANING APPARATUS WITH RECIPROCATING BRUSH HEAD - A cleaning apparatus includes an elongated housing bounding a chamber with a motor disposed therein. A drive shaft is at least partially disposed within the chamber of the housing, the drive shaft being coupled with the motor such that during selective operation of the motor the drive shaft is rotated. A head assembly includes an elongated head housing having a head drive shaft and a brush head mounted thereon. The head assembly is adapted to be selectively coupled with the body assembly so that the body drive shaft is coupled with the head drive shaft.03-03-2011
20100319145TRANSMITTING DATA BETWEEN A TOOTHBRUSH AND A TERMINAL - Data is transmitted between an electric toothbrush and an external terminal, for example, a data processing and/or display unit, in some cases through an adapter connected to the toothbrush handle in place of a releasable attachment such as a brush head or application substance container. In some cases the data is transmitted wirelessly, such as in accordance to a wireless USB standard.12-23-2010
20110247155Dental Cleaning Device - An electric toothbrush with a removable brush section having a transponder communicating with a handle portion of the toothbrush via a non-contacting inductive coupling.10-13-2011
20110247153Electric Toothbrush - Disclosed is an electric toothbrush including a toothbrush plate having a cleaning brush installed thereon; a toothbrush head having a storage within which the toothbrush plate is stored; a toothbrush body that is connected to the toothbrush head and has a storage space formed therein; a flat type vibration motor that is disposed between the toothbrush plate and the toothbrush head; and a power supply unit that includes a power supply that is disposed in the storage space of the toothbrush body and supplies the vibration motor with power, a power supply switch connected to the power supply and a wire that is electrically connected to the vibration motor and the power supply switch and supplies the vibration motor with power.10-13-2011
20120198635Dental Cleaning Device - An electric toothbrush with a removable brush section having a transponder communicating with a handle portion of the toothbrush via a non-contacting inductive coupling.08-09-2012
20080313830POWERED TOOTHBRUSH - The head of a powered toothbrush includes a first tuft block mounted for rotational oscillation about an axis generally perpendicular to the outer surface of the head, and a second tuft block having fixed bristles or bristles independently movable by being mounted on an elastomeric base. The second tuft block oscillates perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the head and in an in and out direction perpendicular to the outer surface of the head. A third stationary block may also be mounted on the head of the powered toothbrush. The bristles on the first, second, and third tuft blocks may be of various lengths, colors and stiffness, and may be mounted perpendicularly to or at an angle to the outer surface of the head.12-25-2008
20090126132Personal care article with vibrating head part - An interdental treatment device, such as a toothbrush, includes a handle configured to accommodate an electric power source, a head carrying an interdental treatment tool, and a neck between the handle and the head. The head or neck includes a mechanical motorized vibratory device, including a drive which causes the head to vibrate. Electrical connections are operably connected to the mechanical vibratory device and the electric power source to power the mechanical vibratory device via the electrical connections. In various embodiments, a switch may be operably connected to at least one of the electrical connections to interrupt power from the power source to the mechanical motorized vibratory device. In various embodiments, a vibration-damping structure dampens vibration transmission from the head to the handle.05-21-2009
20080313829System For Selecting Modes of Operation in a Power Toothbrush - The mode selection system for a power toothbrush includes a first switch (12-25-2008
20080313828Power Toothbrush Using Acoustic Wave Action For Cleansing of Teeth - The toothbrush includes a handle portion and a brushhead assembly which comprises a head portion and a stem portion. The head portion includes a bellows-like acoustic action member for creating acoustic wave action as it moves in and out in response to an acoustic driving force. A drive system is located in the handle and includes an audio speaker-type assembly to create acoustic waves which are transmitted through a transmission line to the acoustic action member. The acoustic action member is driven toward and away from the teeth when the toothbrush is operatively positioned within the mouth. The action of the acoustic member is directly or indirectly coupled to the fluid in the mouth, producing a foam which couples shear forces between the acoustic action member and the teeth/gums to produce a desired cleaning/therapeutic effect.12-25-2008
20110041269ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush includes an electric toothbrush main body that includes a grip portion; a brush member that includes a brush; a motor that moves the brush; an actuator that relatively rotates the brush member with respect to the electric toothbrush main body in order to change an orientation of the brush; an acceleration sensor that detects an attitude of the main body; and a CPU that controls the actuator such that a brush angle becomes a predetermined optimum value based on the detected attitude.02-24-2011
20110041268ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - The invention provides an electric toothbrush capable of changing a resonant frequency and vibration amplitude of an eccentric shaft. An electric toothbrush of the present invention includes a motor, an eccentric shaft with one end fixed to a rotation shaft of the motor, and a stem serving as a vibration transmitting component having a bearing for supporting the other end of the eccentric shaft for transmitting vibration generated in accordance with rotation of the eccentric shaft to a brush portion. In the electric toothbrush, eccentric shaft is formed so that a gravity center position is movable at least in one direction among a direction in which a distance to a shaft center is changed and an axial direction.02-24-2011
20110252584PRESSURIZED VALVE SYSTEM FOR DRIVING BRISTLE TUFTS - The dental cleaning appliance includes an appliance body (10-20-2011
20100281637Dental Cleaning Device - An electric toothbrush with a removable brush section having a transponder communicating with a handle portion of the toothbrush via a non-contacting inductive coupling.11-11-2010
20110107531ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH BASED ON NO-TOUCH MAGNETIC COUPLING - An electric toothbrush based on non-contact magnetic coupling has a toothbrush body shell (05-12-2011
20120137454TOOTHBRUSH - A toothbrush provides a head with bristles, a neck and a handle. An eccentrically rotational weight is engaged for rotation with a motor. The motor and weight are disposed within the handle. The handle, neck and head each have a different intensity of vibration. The toothbrush houses an electrical circuit, which includes a processor and at least two LEDs (light emitting diodes) at least one of which illuminates the neck and optionally also the head and the ends of the bristles attached to the head. At least two of the LEDs in the circuit are capable of emitting different colored light with respect to each other. The at least two LEDs are switched on for a predetermined time in a predetermined sequence under the control of the processor.06-07-2012
20100175207ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - The present invention relates to an electric toothbrush, specifically the toothbrush handle of an electric toothbrush, with a handle housing, with a preferably rod-shaped drive transmitter which protrudes from a first side of the handle housing and on which a brush attachment can be secured, and with a drive motor for moving the drive transmitter, wherein the drive transmitter is mounted, by means of a bearing device in the interior of the handle housing, in the manner of a rocker arm such that the drive transmitter can be pivoted to-and-fro transverse to its longitudinal axis by the drive motor. The invention further relates to the whole toothbrush, comprising such a toothbrush handle part and a brush attachment secured to the drive transmitter thereof. According to the invention, the bearing device holds the drive transmitter so as to pivot about a rotation point lying outside the handle housing. Said rotation point is offset particularly far out from the handle housing, such that it comes to lie between the bristle array of the brush attachment and the front end of the handle in the area of the lips. In this way, an efficient cleaning movement with a large cleaning amplitude in the area of the bristle array can be combined with a low vibration amplitude of the toothbrush in the area of the lips.07-15-2010
20110047729ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush capable of greatly vibrating a brush with less vibration by a vibration source is provided. An electric toothbrush includes a cylindrical case; and a vibration body having one end located within case and the other end provided so as to protrude through an opening at the tip of the case to the outside of the case and vibrating a brush located in proximity to the other end. Vibration body is provided with a vibration source on the one end side and has an outer peripheral surface supported in the position close to the vibration source side with respect to the midpoint in the longitudinal direction of vibration body.03-03-2011
20100115718ELECTRIC-ELECTRONIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric-electronic toothbrush carries a brush driven to vibrate, and arranged to flow an electric current into a user's oral cavity for promoting removal of tooth plaque. The electric-electronic toothbrush has a shaft driven to vibrate along and/or about an axis of the shaft, and a battery supplying the electric current. The shaft is electrically conductive to flow the electric current into a brush electrode of a brush head. The shaft is electrically connected to the battery by way of an extendible electrically conductive coupler within the handle. The electrically conductive coupler has its one end secured to the shaft, and the other end to an electrically conductive member connected to one of poles of the battery, so as to absorb the vibration of the shaft. The handle is provided on its outer peripheral surface with a touch electrode. The electric-electronic toothbrush is arranged to give predetermined electric potentials respectively to the brush electrode and the touch electrode, so as to flow a microelectric current onto the tooth surface for removal of tooth plaque during user's tooth brushing due to vibration of a brush.05-13-2010
20100088834Electric Toothbrushes - An electric toothbrush comprises a handle having an electric motor, a head, a rotating shaft, and a neck extending between the handle and the head. The head has a first and second bristle holders, each having a plurality of bristles, wherein the second bristle holder is located between the handle and the first bristle holder. The second bristle holder is movably mounted on the head with a laterally extending pivot member. The rotating shaft is operatively connected to the first and second bristle holders to cause a first movement of the first bristle holder and to move the second bristle holder in a rocking motion about the pivot member.04-15-2010
20100088832Multi-Motion Toothbrush - An electrically powered toothbrush comprises a body having a first end, a head opposite from the first end, and a neck extending between the first end and the head. The body defines a hollow region therewithin. An electrical motor and a power source are disposed in the hollow region within the body. A drive shaft having a longitudinal axis of rotation and a distal end offset from the axis of rotation is operatively connected to the motor for rotational movement. A base pivotally secured to the head by a laterally extending pivot member has a receiving channel for receiving the distal end of the drive shaft. A first bristle carrier is secured to the base, and a second bristle carrier is disposed on the head between the first bristle carrier and the first end. Rotation of the drive shaft causes its distal end to move within the receiving channel thereby causing the base with the first bristle carrier to pivot about the laterally extending pivot member.04-15-2010
20090064430PERSONAL CARE IMPLEMENT HAVING A DISPLAY - A personal care implement or toothbrush includes a display for providing content to a user. The display may be configured to present content in a mirror-image format. The personal care implement may be configured to operate in one or more modes of operation. In a clock mode, the display displays a clock reading and/or calendar reading. In a timer mode, the display displays a countdown or count Up timer. In a counter mode, the display displays a number of strokes to be counted up to or down from. One or more components may be included for setting variables associated with the modes of operation, for changing an orientation of the displayed content between a mirror-image format and forward-facing format, and for changing the particular mode of operation.03-12-2009
20090025156ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush includes a driving source; a vibrating member having a brush; a transmission mechanism which converts an output of the driving source into vibration of the vibrating member; and a control unit that controls the output of the driving source. The vibrating member has a first resonance point in which the brush resonates in a first direction, and a second resonance point in which the brush resonates in a second direction; and the control unit has a first operation mode which controls the output of the driving source so that a resonance in the first direction is generated, and a second operation mode which controls the output of the driving source so that a resonance in the second direction is generated.01-29-2009
20110010876ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - A three-axis acceleration sensor is mounted to a body of an electric toothbrush. A CPU detects the three-dimensional attitude of the body based on an output from the acceleration sensor and, based on the attitude of the toothbrush, estimates which portion is being brushed. Then, the CPU measures by using a timer a brushing time of the portion being brushed. Results of brushing for each portion are evaluated and outputted based on the measured brushing time.01-20-2011
20090172900Toothbrush - A toothbrush head comprises a first surface, a second outer surface opposite the first surface and an opening defined therebetween; a plurality of first cleaning elements extending from the first surface; and a carrier including a restricted end and a second cleaning element opposite the restricted end, the carrier movably mounted within the opening and the second cleaning element movable relative to the first surface.07-09-2009
20110302731WET/DRY FLOOR CLEANING UNIT - A floor cleaning device including a base assembly for movement along a surface, a handle, a nozzle, a nozzle lifting mechanism, a brush, a brush lifting mechanism, a recovery tank, and a liquid distribution system. The nozzle lifting mechanism moving the nozzle relative to the base assembly and the surface and the brush lifting mechanism moving the brush relative to the base assembly and the surface.12-15-2011
20120036657ELECTRICAL TOOTHBRUSH - An electrical toothbrush includes an electrical toothbrush main body including a drive source of a brush; an orientation sensor configured to detect an orientation of the electrical toothbrush main body; and a controller configured to switch an operation mode of the electrical toothbrush according to a result of comparing an orientation value, which is a value calculated from an output of the orientation sensor, and a threshold value set in advance. A threshold value used for switching determination from an operation mode to an operation mode, and a threshold value used for switching determination from the operation mode to the operation mode are set to different values.02-16-2012
20120036656Fracture Resistant Brush Head - This application relates to electric toothbrushes and in particular to a brush section for an electric toothbrush. The brush section may include static contact elements and movable contact elements to perform a cleaning operation. A head portion of the brush section is resistant to fractures or other material damage which might result from impacts, such as for example caused by dropping the toothbrush. It is structured to transmit forces from the impact away from an interior region of the head portion, to pass through the side portions of the head portion.02-16-2012
20120036655Brush Section For An Electric Toothbrush - A brush section for use with an electric toothbrush includes a movable contact element holder and a fixed contact element holder. The movable contact element holder is driven to move relative to the fixed contact element holder by an electric drive in a handle section which is coupled to the movable contact element holder. The risk of oral mucosa being pinched by the movement is minimized by any one of several methods, such as for example reducing the width of the gap between the two holders, adding a cover member, reducing the movement of the movable contact element holder, and the like. In addition, a low profile brush section is provided.02-16-2012
20110314618DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLEANING THE ORAL CAVITY - Devices and methods for cleaning an oral cavity by positioning a device suitable for detecting and removing plaque from the surface within the oral cavity having applied thereto a fluorescent agent capable of binding to plaque on the surface. The surface is substantially simultaneously cleaned and irradiated with a light of a wavelength effective to provide a fluorescent emission when contacted with said fluorescent agent. A portion of the fluorescent emission is collected (APV1), and compared to a predetermined threshold value (PPTV). If APV1 is less than PPTV, the device is moved to another section. If APV1 is greater than or equal to PPTV, then another portion of fluorescent emission is collected (APV2). The percent reduction from APV1 to APV2 determines when the device is moved to another section.12-29-2011
20120204365Electric Toothbrush And Toothbrush Head - A toothbrush head of an electric toothbrush, the toothbrush extending longitudinally and having a hand part, the toothbrush head including a drive rocker, a brush-head carrier coupled to the drive rocker, a main bristle carrier and an additional bristle carrier, both carriers bearing a bristle arrangement and moveably attached to the brush-head carrier and driven in oscillation by the drive rocker, and a drive-coupler affixed to at least one of the bristle carriers and coupled to the drive rocker. The head can include two separately mounted bristle carriers, supporting bristle arrangements, which are driven about different movement axes by the drive rocker to enhance the cleaning action of the toothbrush.08-16-2012
20120000022Ophthalmic Treatment Brush - A brush for use with a rotating motor device comprises a collar and a brush-head. The collar has a first open end and a second securing end. The securing end of the collar has a polygonal opening adapted for securely mating with a corresponding polygonal rotating shaft of a rotating motor device, such that when second end of the collar is secured to the rotating shaft, rotation of the shaft causes corresponding rotation of the collar.01-05-2012
20120011666Electric Appliance for Personal Use - A handle of an electrical appliance for personal use is disclosed. The handle includes an elongated housing for receiving functional components of the appliance; and a control unit or an electric power supply. The housing includes at least two tube-shaped housing parts connected to each other at end portions thereof. An annular sealing element is associated with the end portions to seal the interface between the housing parts. The end portions of the housing parts have substantially the same diameter such that end surfaces of the housing parts abut against each other or against the annular sealing element. A holding member extending over the interface between the housing parts and the sealing element is provided for holding the housing parts together.01-19-2012
20120151697Personal Care Products And Methods - In one embodiment, an oral-care system is provided. The oral-care system includes an electric toothbrush having a motor, a power source in electrical communication with the motor, and a bristle holder operatively connected to the motor. A display is in data communication with the electric toothbrush.06-21-2012
20110167575DRIVE SYSTEM FOR A TOOTHBRUSH USING A FLEXIBLE MEMBRANE FOR CLEANING TEETH - The power toothbrush includes a toothbrush body and a stem portion extending from the toothbrush body which has a workpiece with a flexible membrane at a remote end thereof, and a flexible membrane at a near end thereof as well. A movable piston is positioned in the stem portion, as well as a fluid which is in communication with the flexible membrane at the workpiece end of the toothbrush and the flexible membrane at the near end of the stem portion. The body includes a solenoid coil which, when actuated, moves the piston in opposing directions in a controlled manner within the stem, which acts on the fluid in the stem and moves the flexible membrane at the workpiece in and out at a desired frequency and amplitude.07-14-2011
20120124759Oral Care Implement - An oral care implement is disclosed. The oral care implement includes a housing; a carrier element mounted for movement relative to the housing; and a locking assembly for preventing separation of the carrier element from the housing. The locking assembly includes a first locking element being supported at the housing at a first support location and a second support location and engaging into a first aperture or recess of the carrier element. The first and second support location lie offset to a rotation axis (R) of the carrier element.05-24-2012
20120159723ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT WITH CUSTOMIZABLE ELEMENT - An oral care implement with an oral care region having cleaning elements for engaging oral tissue and a body for gripping the implement including a handle with a front and a removable faceplate is described. The removable faceplate may be transparent or translucent and may also include design features. The faceplate may provide protection to a user inscription surface on one of the surfaces of the handle which is may be configured to receive user indicia that may later be removed and further indicia provided.06-28-2012
20120159722Cleaning Section Of An Electric Oral Hygiene Device - A cleaning section of an oral hygiene device is disclosed. The cleaning section includes a cleaning element carrier mounted for oscillatory rotation around a carrier rotation axis; a gear unit arranged for being coupled to a drive shaft of a handle of the oral hygiene device, which drive shaft defines a drive shaft rotation axis in an attached state, and the gear unit further having an actuation element for transferring motion from the drive shaft to the cleaning element carrier during operation. The carrier rotation axis is parallel to the drive shaft rotation axis and is disposed at a distance to the drive shaft rotation axis.06-28-2012
20100175208Indicating Teeth Cleaning Time - This disclosure relates to toothbrushes and to methods of operating toothbrushes. In some embodiments, a method of operating a toothbrush includes measuring an actual cleaning time of a first teeth cleaning process, comparing the actual cleaning time of the first teeth cleaning process to a standard cleaning time, and determining a target cleaning time of a second, subsequent teeth cleaning process. In certain embodiments, the target cleaning time of the second teeth cleaning process is the standard cleaning time plus additional time when the actual cleaning time of the first cleaning process is less than the standard cleaning time.07-15-2010
20100175206VALVE COUPLING - The invention relates to a valve coupling (07-15-2010
20120246845 MECHANICAL DRIVE TRAIN WITH A MOTOR AND AN ECCENTRIC FOR A RESONANT POWER TOOTHBRUSH - The toothbrush includes a drive assembly comprising a DC motor (10-04-2012
20120246846TOOTHBRUSH WITH AUTOMATIC ACTUATION - The power toothbrush includes a handle (10-04-2012
20120186029Motorized Cleaning Brush - Provided is a motorized cleaning brush arranged to provide vibratory cleaning action. The motorized cleaning brush includes a head including bristles projecting therefrom, a body portion having a battery compartment therein, and a neck portion extending between and coupling the head and the body portion. The brush further includes a motor disposed in the brush and in electrical communication with the battery compartment and an offset weight coupled to an axle of the motor and configured to impart vibratory motion to the bristles when the motor is activated. Additionally, the brush includes a first button disposed on the body portion and electrically coupled to the motor, the first button being configured to activate the motor in a first manner in response to a user selection of the first button.07-26-2012
20090019651DISPOSABLE HEAD PORTION FOR A NODALLY MOUNTED ROTATING TOOTHBRUSH - A head portion of a nodally mounted rotating toothbrush is removable from a handle portion, which has a driving system therein. The head portion includes a spring assembly, having two spring sections, the spring assembly having a node point between the two ends and a nodal mount member at the node point which is connected to a cover member of the head portion. A driving assembly is arranged to drive the first spring section, the second section rotating in an opposing direction from the first spring section, the second spring section having a drive shaft extending therefrom, upon a free end of which a brushhead is mounted. When the head portion is removed from the handle, the spring assembly is removed therewith.01-22-2009
20090019650POWERED TOOTHBRUSH WITH FLEXIBLE HEAD - A toothbrush having a head with at least two movable members. The members flex inwardly and outwardly away from each other in a direction that is substantially at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the brush handle. Force is transferred from one movable member to another to aid in this relative movement. Bristles extending from both movable members are brought into contact with the surface of teeth so that the tips are disposed at right angles thereto. In a first embodiment, two movable members are connected by an oscillating rod that flexes the members away from each other. In a second embodiment, a center section on the head nests within a perimeter section and a rotatable cam extends between the sections and flexes them inwardly and outwardly away from each other.01-22-2009
20120260441MOUTHPIECE WITH DRIVE FORCE CAPABILITY TO PRODUCE EFFECTIVE TEETH CLEANING - The mouthpiece assembly includes a receptacle (10-18-2012
20100325823Electric Toothbrush and Toothbrush Head Therefor - The invention is directed to a toothbrush head of an electric toothbrush, which comprises a handpiece equipped with a drive, a brush head carrier that is connectible to the handpiece, and several bristle supports that carry a respective bristle set, are movably mounted on the brush head carrier and drivable in an oscillatory manner by the drive, each of the bristle supports being adapted to be coupled to a translator element of the drive by means of a respective drive coupling. According to the invention the bristle supports each have drive coupling means enabling them to be coupled to eccentric drivers of the drive translator element which is adapted to be driven for rotation about a longitudinal axis. Owing to the arrangement of two separately mounted bristle supports which are driven by a common drive translator element about various axes of motion, it is possible to achieve an improved cleaning effect by simple means. The relative movement of the bristle sets that are mounted on the bristle supports assists the cleaning motion so that the cleaning effect is not obtained solely by the operator's movement.12-30-2010
20100325822Method and Device for Cleaning Teeth - The invention is directed to a method and a device for cleaning teeth wherein a variety of cleaning tools are coupled to a common handle section for the individual cleaning of teeth. It relates in particular to a handle section of an electric dental cleaning device, with a coupling section for coupling various cleaning tools thereto, as well as said cleaning tools. According to the invention the handle section detects a coding provided on the respective cleaning tool attached. In dependence upon the respective coding detected, various functions of the dental cleaning device are controlled.12-30-2010
20120266397ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush includes bristles, a bristle driving unit, an orientation detection sensor, and an electrode-based contact detection unit for detecting contact with a body. The contact detection unit includes a first detection unit for detecting contact with or proximity to a rear surface side of a brush portion. The electric toothbrush detects orientation information based on an output from the orientation detection sensor, and estimates a brushing area based on at least the orientation information. In the area estimation, in the case where the brushing area determined based on the orientation information is a dentition surface on a right buccal side or a left lingual side or a dentition surface on a left buccal side or a right lingual side, it is determined whether the brushing area corresponds to the buccal side or the lingual side based on an electric signal obtained from the first detection unit.10-25-2012
20120266396TOOTHBRUSH WITH FLUID JET ASSEMBLY - A powered toothbrush assembly (10-25-2012
20110225748Dental treatment instrument - The dental treatment instrument includes a toothbrush having common brush head dimensions and a nozzle on the backside of the bristle pad thereof. The tip of the nozzle points backward relative to the bristle pad and is inclined away from the handle end of the toothbrush. The bristle pad is used as a rest pad laid against the cheek wall of the user for steadying the movement of the nozzle. In another aspect of the present invention, the toothbrush has a push-button-operated valve mounted in the handle end of the toothbrush for selectively letting water flow through to the nozzle. The push button is partly enclosed in a shroud. The push button is mounted in the shroud with a sliding fit. The shroud prevents water and toothpaste from seeping below the push-button.09-22-2011
20120279002MECHANICALLY-DRIVEN, SONIC TOOTHBRUSH SYSTEM - A sonic toothbrush system includes an electric motor, a brush shaft, and a drive assembly. The electric motor includes a drive shaft. When the electric motor is caused to operate, the drive shaft continuously rotates until the motor is caused to stop. The drive assembly is coupled between the drive shaft and the brush shaft. The drive assembly is configured to convert the rotation of the drive shaft into sonic oscillation of a toothbrush head supported on an end of the brush shaft.11-08-2012
20120284937MECHANICALLY DRIVEN RESONANT DRIVE TRAIN FOR A POWER TOOTHBRUSH - The power toothbrush includes a driving assembly which in turn includes a DC motor (11-15-2012
20100199445ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush is described, comprising a vibrating brush head (08-12-2010
20130000059Oral Hygiene Implement - An oral hygiene implement is provided. The oral hygiene implement includes a handle; a head including a plurality of contact elements; a neck disposed between the handle and the head; an indication element; and an electromagnetic energy output source. The electromagnetic energy is directed from the output source to the indication element such that a Total Visible Projected Angle (φ01-03-2013
20120137453ULTRASONIC ORAL CLEANER - The ultrasonic oral cleaner has a head including an ultrasonic oscillator disposed inside a base provided with an operating portion, the base is made of a flexible material, and the base is provided with the operating portion made of the flexible material and having a smooth top surface as an ultrasonic emitting surface.06-07-2012
20120137452DUAL MOTION POWERED TOOTHBRUSH - A replaceable brush head for a powered toothbrush and a toothbrush incorporating the same. The brush head includes a body having a bore extending therethrough and a driveshaft extending through the bore and rotatable about a longitudinal axis. A first bristle block is disposed in the body and is operatively engaged with the driveshaft. A second bristle block is disposed in the body and is operatively engaged with the first bristle block. Rotation of the driveshaft produces a first type of motion in the first bristle block and the motion of the first bristle block produces a second type of motion in the second bristle block.06-07-2012
20130007968Cleaning Section For An Electric Oral Hygiene Device - A cleaning section for an electric oral hygiene device having a handle section includes a first end adapted to be connected to the handle section; a second end remote from the first end, the second end including a carrier mounted for rotation or oscillation around a rotation axis; and a plurality of cleaning elements mounted on the carrier, the cleaning elements being arranged in at least an inner band and an outer band. The inner band includes a plurality of first cleaning elements having a first color and a plurality of second cleaning elements having a second color. The outer band includes a plurality of third cleaning elements having a third color and a plurality of fourth cleaning elements having a fourth color. The cleaning elements of the inner band and the cleaning elements of the outer band have a Color Contrast (ΔE) of from about 85 to about 140.01-10-2013
20130014332APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BRUSHING TEETH - A device and method for brushing all surfaces of all of a user's teeth simultaneously. The device comprises bristle strip surfaces that envelope all of a user's teeth, the bristle strips comprising bristle bundles that scrub all surfaces of a user's teeth due to a reciprocating motion of the bristle strips. To use the device, a user inserts the toothbrush bristle strips into their mouth so to engage the user's teeth. A power source, motor, and drive assembly are utilized to cause the bristles to reciprocate, cleaning all a user's teeth surfaces simultaneously.01-17-2013
20130014331TEETHBRUSHAANM Garner; RobertAACI MiamiAAST FLAACO USAAGP Garner; Robert Miami FL USAANM Brundage; HeatherAACI CambridgeAAST MAAACO USAAGP Brundage; Heather Cambridge MA USAANM Sharpe; NathanielAACI AllstonAAST MAAACO USAAGP Sharpe; Nathaniel Allston MA USAANM Hornstein; AlexisAACI RaleighAAST NCAACO USAAGP Hornstein; Alexis Raleigh NC USAANM Brewster; JamesAACI MiamiAAST FLAACO USAAGP Brewster; James Miami FL US - A full mouth toothbrush for simultaneously brushing the facial, lingual, occlusal and incisal surfaces of all the maxillary and mandibular teeth is provided. The full mouth toothbrush can include a handle, a power source, a motor assembly, and a drive assembly. The full mouth toothbrush can further include a mouthpiece configured to collectively contact multiple surfaces of multiple teeth simultaneously that brushes and, thus, cleans the teeth and gums.01-17-2013
20110146010ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES - In a first embodiment an electric toothbrush having a housing containing an electric motor, the motor being drivingly connected to a first brush head rotatably mounted on an end of the toothbrush remote from the motor and adjacent to at least one other rotatable brush head. In a second embodiment a packaged electric toothbrush including a “try me” facility for remotely testing the operation of the toothbrush, which “try me” feature comprises a two-sided metal strip such as aluminum foil, separated by a dielectric material, respective sides of the strip being connected at one end to respective parts used to operate the electric toothbrush and the other end of the strip being folded over and including a centrally disposed aperture onto which is a bendable metal connector such that upon bending or pressing of the connector the two sides of the strip are electrically connected together to temporarily operate the toothbrush whilst still in its packaging.06-23-2011
20110232012ILLUMINATED FLASHING TOOTHBRUSH AND METHOD OF USE - A toothbrush can include a handle and a head. At least one bristle can be attached to the head. The toothbrush can also have an illumination member, an illumination circuit and an activation device. The activation device can include two contact members fixed in a non-contact position on an outside of the handle. A method can include causing conduction between the contact members to activate the illumination circuit. The toothbrush can be an electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush can have an illumination member positioned such that light from the illumination member can be seen by a user in a mirror facing the user.09-29-2011
20110232011ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush provided with a function for oscillating a brush body by rotating a weight and a function for applying current inside a user's mouth. The electric toothbrush includes a brush body. A main body includes an attachment shaft, which is formed by a conductive member. The brush body is attached to the attachment shaft. A weight is arranged in the attachment shaft. A motor rotates the weight and oscillates the brush body through the attachment shaft. A power supply is arranged in the main body. A first electrode is connected to the power supply. The first electrode is arranged on the main body in a state exposed from a surface of the main body. A second electrode is connected to the power supply. The second electrode is arranged on the brush body in a state exposed from a surface of the main body.09-29-2011
20130198980ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - The invention provides an electric toothbrush capable of changing a resonant frequency and vibration amplitude of an eccentric shaft. An electric toothbrush of the present invention includes a motor, an eccentric shaft with one end fixed to a rotation shaft of the motor, and a stemserving as a vibration transmitting component having a bearing for supporting the other end of the eccentric shaft for transmitting vibration generated in accordance with rotation of the eccentric shaft to a brush portion. In the electric toothbrush, the eccentric shaft is formed so that a gravity center position is movable at least in one direction among a direction in which a distance to a shaft center is changed and an axial direction.08-08-2013
20130139332DEVICE FOR CLEANING A RAIN GUTTER - A device for cleaning a rain gutter is provided herein. The device includes an arm assembly with a first end and a second end. The device includes a shaft assembly for extending the arm assembly to the rain gutter, the shaft assembly also having a first end and a second end. The device includes a rotatable locking joint connecting the second end of the shaft assembly with the first end of the arm assembly for setting an angle between the shaft assembly and the arm assembly. The device includes a brush assembly mounted on the second end of the arm assembly, the brush assembly including a brush and a motor, preferably an electric motor for rotating the brush. Structure is provided for mounting the brush to the motor. In use, the motor is actuated to rotate the brush to remove material from the rain gutter.06-06-2013
20130091643Electro-Polymer Motor - An electro-polymer motor comprising a fixed member and a first actuator having a first end fixedly connected to the fixed member and a second end is presented. The first actuator comprises a polymer positioned between two electrodes. The electrodes are in communication with a power supply. The motor also comprises a driven member comprising a first leg and a second leg such that the first leg and the second leg are separated by an axis. The driven member is fixedly connected to the second end of the first actuator. The motor also comprises a compressible member having a first end fixedly connected to the fixed member and a second end fixedly connected to the second leg of the driven member. The compressible member is spaced apart from the first actuator. The first actuator elongates after the power supply applies a voltage across the electrodes to move the driven member.04-18-2013
20130091642Oral Health Care Implement and System with Oximetry Sensor - An oral health care implement and system are provided for use during oral health care activities. The oral health care implement has an oximetry sensor, most often in the embodiment of a transmissive or reflective pulse oximeter. The oximetry sensor provides blood oxygen saturation and heart rate measurements. The oral health care system has an oral health care implement, a first data transfer medium, and any combination of: a second data transfer medium, a network storage device, and a third data transfer medium. The system provides means for collecting a user's vital signs and transmitting data into a readable, usable form for the user via an oral health care implement.04-18-2013
20130091644VIBRATING TOOTHBRUSH - A vibrating toothbrush is provided with vibration-isolating zones that substantially isolate vibrations in the head and reduce vibrations transmitted to the handle without sacrificing structural integrity around the vibration-isolation zones. Such zones may generally comprise neck material that is reduced in cross-section, thinned, replaced by dampening material, or removed altogether to create transmission-inhibiting voids. The vibration-isolating zones may be further supported by the housing of the vibratory element to maintain the structural integrity around the zones and to thereby alleviating weakness conditions that might subject the toothbrush to fatigue and breakage conditions.04-18-2013
20130117950ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH, TOOTHBRUSH BRISTLE ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE TOOTHBRUSH BRISTLE ASSEMBLY - One aspect of the present invention relates to an electric toothbrush in which an LED unit is mounted to perform oral sterilization and tooth whitening treatment during the brushing of the teeth, and further relates to a toothbrush bristle assembly for the electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises: a toothbrush bristle assembly including a handle having a vibrator, and a coupling space into which the vibrator is coupled. The toothbrush bristle assembly comprises: a toothbrush bristle body having a brush; an LED unit mounted on the toothbrush bristle body to perform oral sterilization and tooth whitening treatment; and a connector module having a first connector arranged in the toothbrush bristle body to interconnect the LED unit and a driving power source, as well as a second connector arranged in the vibrator.05-16-2013
20130117949ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH WITH EXCELLENT VIBRATION EFFICIENCY - The present disclosure relates to an electric toothbrush, and more particularly, to an electric toothbrush, which has excellent vibration efficiency since vibrations of the vibration motor are directly transferred to the bristle holder, saves the battery power, reduces a size of the toothbrush, decreases the thickness of the head portion, allows the vibration motor to be stably fixed in a fixing groove formed at the upper surface of the head portion, and reduces noise.05-16-2013
20130125320FLEXIBLE DRIVE SHAFT FOR AN ECCENTRIC WEIGHT-DRIVEN PERSONAL CARE APPLIANCE - The appliance includes a DC motor (05-23-2013
20080196184Toothbrush with light source for illuminating oral cavity - A toothbrush apparatus includes a power source coupled to a light source for illuminating the oral cavity of the user to aid in the tooth cleaning process and prevent damage from inaccurate brushing. The light source is arranged away from the bristles and directs light towards the free ends of the bristles to aid the user in identifying areas of the teeth that may need more cleaning. In this manner, the user can more accurately clean all areas and prevent damage to the surrounding gum tissue, while directing appropriate brushing strokes to areas where food debris and plaque are present. The toothbrush may be provided in a manual or automatic version.08-21-2008
20120272464POWER TOOTHBRUSH WITH ACTUATOR IN THE BRUSHHEAD - The power toothbrush (11-01-2012
20130180062SKIN SENSING ACTIVATED DEVICE - An electrical device such as an electric toothbrush that comprises a handle and a head portion. The head portion comprises a bristle bearing portion and an optional neck portion. The handle includes a housing having a housing exterior. First and second conductive contacts are located on the exterior of the housing. The first and second conductive contacts form part of a high impedance touch sensitive circuit configured to operate a motor to drive the bristle bearing portion when the handle is gripped by a user.07-18-2013
20130180061Head Portion And Handle Portion Of An Oral Care Device - An oral care device is disclosed. The oral care device includes a housing being at least partly formed of an electrically isolating material; a capacitor having a first electrode and a second electrode, the first and second electrodes being electrically isolated by the electrically isolating material of the housing such that they are not exposed to an outside environment of the oral care device; and a processor unit being electrically connected to the first and second electrodes. The processor unit is arranged such that during operation of the oral care device it determines a capacitance (x) of the capacitor in order to determine whether the oral care device is within a user's oral cavity or not.07-18-2013
20130180063Replaceable Head Part for an Electric Toothbrush - A replaceable head part for an electric powered toothbrush comprising an elongate sleeve including a flexible portion, and containing a longitudinal drive shaft rotatable in oscillatory rotary motion. The drive shaft has a spherical bearing part received in a cavity in the sleeve. The head part incorporates a transmission system to convert the rotation of the head drive shaft into rotation of the bristle carrier comprising an eccentric pin extending from the head drive shaft to move the bristle carrier in oscillatory rotary motion, and having a spherical pin bearing part received in a receiving cavity in the bristle carrier.07-18-2013
20110308024Oral Brushing Devices and/or Methods - An oral cleansing device or method, the device including a handle including a housing structure; at least one control assembly disposed within the housing structure; and, a connection shaft assembly including at least a first shaft stemming from the housing structure; and, a first brush assembly adapted to be connected to the first shaft, the brush assembly including bristles for contacting at least the tooth crown and at least one or both of the lingual and bucal tooth surfaces; the control assembly being adapted to provide an oscillatory or vibratory movement to the brush assembly.12-22-2011
20090211041Extended reach ultrasonic toothbrush - An ultrasonic toothbrush for daily oral hygiene application is disclosed, having an ultrasound transducer in direct contact with the fluids in the oral cavity, without ultrasound energy attenuation between the transducer and the fluids in the oral cavity. Maximum level of ultrasound energy coupled to the fluids within the oral cavity and to the teeth and gums and periodontal pockets, achieving maximum loosening of soft plaque. Toothbrush configurations of ultrasonically enhanced manually operated toothbrushes and motorized toothbrushes having lateral direction sonic frequency vibrating brush heads emitting ultrasonic energy are disclosed. To generate the sonic frequency lateral vibration of the brush head, a motion transducer is utilized. Removable and user replaceable brush heads are described. In the various configurations low voltage DC energy supplied by a battery is converted to ultrasonic frequency DC current to activate the ultrasonic transducer. All configurations are utilizing bristle tufts to effectively dislodge plaque loosened by the ultrasonic waves from the surfaces of teeth and gums.08-27-2009
20120054971ANIMAL TOOTH BRUSH - A tooth cleaning apparatus adapted to clean a set of teeth of an animal. The apparatus includes a handle portion having a vibration inducer, a controller for the vibration inducer and a power source, wherein the handle is arranged to enclose the vibration inducer, the controller and the power source. The apparatus further includes a head portion having a brush segment including at least two brush heads, each of the at least two brush heads has a plurality of brushes adapted to simultaneously clean a quadrant of the set of teeth, a distal brush head of the at least two brush heads has a concave plurality of brushes and a proximal brush head of the at least two brush heads has a convex plurality of brushes.03-08-2012
20090025168Window cleaning apparatus - A window cleaner that includes a handle, and base and a pivot joint. The handle has a proximal end and a distal end with the distal end being a forked yoke member. The base has a top surface and a bottom surface with a housing and a wiping blade located on the top surface. The pivot joint has a center with four legs extending outwardly from the center. Two of the legs form a first pin and two of the legs form a second pin. The first pin interfaces with the yoke member and the second pin interfaces with the housing. This pivot joint configuration allows the handle to have a range of 360 degree motion with respect to the base and vice versa.01-29-2009

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