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1. (WO2018222786) ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222786    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/035254
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Jun 01 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: A46B 5/02
A46B 5/00
A46B 15/00
Applicants: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
Inventors: JIMENEZ, Eduardo J.
Title: ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT
Abstract:
An oral care implement comprises a head portion and handle portion comprising resiliently folding appendages. The appendages extend laterally outwards from a central body of the handle portion in opposite directions. In one embodiment, the appendages may each have annular loop structures with recurvant ends coupled to the body. The head portion comprises tooth cleaning elements such as bristles. The head portion, handle portion, and bristles may be a monolithic construction of a resiliently deformable material with elastic memory. The bristles may be especially pliable and adapted for infant or toddler use. The appendages have an undeformed width preventing the young child from over-insertion into the oral cavity when at maximum span. The appendages may be folded against the body for deeper insertion into the oral cavity by an adult. The implement is configured to prevent the head portion and tooth bristles from contacting a flat surface when placed thereon.