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1. (WO2011158201) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSESSING THE PENETRATION OF TOOTH CLEANING ELEMENTS IN THE GINGIVAL POCKET

Pub. No.:    WO/2011/158201    International Application No.:    PCT/IB2011/052619
Publication Date: Dec 22, 2011 International Filing Date: Jun 16, 2011
IPC: A61C 19/04
A46B 15/00
A61C 17/22
Applicants: BRAUN GMBH
WILHELM, Joachim
HELBIG, Günter
TREBITZ, Bernd
Inventors: WILHELM, Joachim
HELBIG, Günter
TREBITZ, Bernd
Title: METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSESSING THE PENETRATION OF TOOTH CLEANING ELEMENTS IN THE GINGIVAL POCKET
Abstract:
A method and apparatus for assessing the penetration of tooth cleaning elements into a simulated gingival pocket. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a tooth shaped member, wherein at least a portion of the tooth is transparent to light; a gum member positioned on a first side of the tooth shaped member; a simulated gingival pocket created between the gum member and the tooth shaped member; and an imaging device configured to obtain a plurality of images related to the gingival pocket, and bristle penetration into the gingival pocket.