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Title:
TOOTHBRUSH SUITABLE FOR PREVENTING THE FORMATION OF DENTAL PLAQUE AND OF TARTAR
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1997/001297
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention refers to a toothbrush having anti-dental plaque and anti-tartar activity, characterized in that its bristle-carrier zone (4) is misaligned to the handle (1), a first side of said handle is aligned to the relevant side of said bristle-carrier zone and the second side of said handle has an undercut (3) bounding a recessing portion (2), said recessing portion being 2 or 3 cm long.

Inventors:
Pianetti, Francesco
Application Number:
PCT/EP1996/002730
Publication Date:
January 16, 1997
Filing Date:
June 24, 1996
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Pianetti, Francesco
International Classes:
A46B7/00; A46B9/04; (IPC1-7): A46B9/04; A46B7/00
Foreign References:
FR528868A
BE346783A
US2161349A
DE2951284A1
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Description:
Toothbrush suitable for preventing the formation of dental plaque and of tartar Description

The present invention refers to a toothbrush having anti-dental plaque and anti-tartar activity and providing useful features if compared with the toothbrushes known in the art.

In particular, the present invention refers Lo a toothbrush having a shape and a structure suitable for preventing the formation of dental plaque and of tartar. It is known that the dental plaque and the tartar generally develop on the internal side of the inferior dental arch. The development of the dental plaque and of the tartar in said denture zone cannot be avoided through the toothbrushes already known in the art as their shape and structure are not suitable for reaching and effectively treating said denture zone.

Furthermore, the internal side of the inferior dental arch is particularly involved in the formation of dental plaque and of tartar as the saliva is always stagnating on said denture zone, where there are many salivary glands. It is further known that the dental plaque and tartar problem is a very common one, involving more or less quite the whole population. Said problem has been solved by using a toothbrush according to the invention, which is suitable for preventing the formation of dental plaque and of tartar on the internal side of the inferior dental arch.

The toothbrush having anti-dental plaque and anti-tartar activity to

which the present invention refers is characterised in that its bristle-carrier zone is misaligned with reference to the handle, said bristle-carrier zone and said handle being coplanar, and in that a first side of said handle is aligned to the relevant side of said bristle-carrier zone and the second side of said handle has an undercut reaching near the axis of said handle and being 2 or 3 cm. long, beginning from said bristle-carrier zone.

Characterising features and advantages of a toothbrush according to the invention will be better described on the following detailed description with reference to the enclosed figures 1 and 2. Brief description of figures Figure 1 shows a side view of the toothbrush. Figure 2 shows a front view of the toothbrush. Detailed description of invention With reference to the numerical references shown in said figures, the toothbrush includes a handle 1 including a recessing portion 2 and a bristle-carrier zone 4.

A first side of the handle 1 is aligned to the relevant side of the bristle-carrier zone 4, while its second side has an undercut 3 reaching near the axis of said handle and bounding said recessing portion 2, which is 2 or 3 cm. long.

The brush 5 of the toothbrush is obtuse-angle shaped. The bristles of the toothbrush shown by figure 1 are directed upward if said toothbrush is suitable to be used by right-handed persons, downward if said toothbrush is suitable to be used by left- handed persons. The above description and the enclosed drawings clearly show

that the geometric features of said toothbrush, and in particular the misalignment of the bristle-carrier zone 4 to the handle 1 and the recessing portion 2, allow the bristle-carrier zone 4 to be inserted behind the inferior dental arch for effectively cleaning the teeth belonging to said dental arch.

A toothbrush according to the invention is therefore suitable for preventing the formation of dental plaque and of tartar.