By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly — From Alexandria, Virginia, NewsRx journalists report that a patent by the inventors Mello, Sarita V. (Somerset, NJ); Arvanitidou, Evangelia S. (Princeton, NJ), filed on August 30, 2007, was published online on July 1, 2014 (see also Colgate-Palmolive Company).
The patent’s assignee for patent number 8765155 is Colgate-Palmolive Company (New York, NY).
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: “The formation of dental plaque is a source of gingival and periodontal disease and subsequent tooth loss. Dental plaque is a mixed matrix of bacteria, epithelial cells, leukocytes, macrophages and other oral exudate. Bacteria comprise approximately three-quarters of the plaque matrix. Any given sample of dental plaque could contain as many as 400 different varieties of microorganisms. This mix includes both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, fungi and protozoa. Viruses have also been found in samples of dental plaque.
“This matrix of organisms and oral exudate continues expanding and coalesces with other plaque growths situated nearby. The bacteria synthesize levans and glucans from sucrose found in the oral cavity providing energy for the microorganisms. These glucans, levans and microorganisms form an adhesive skeleton for the continued proliferation of plaque.
“Calculus is a yellow or white mineralized deposit of bacterial plaque. Inorganic in nature, calculus consists primarily of calcium and magnesium phosphate and calcium carbonate. Calculus forms in layers as does plaque and is simply the mineralization of plaque’s layered bacteria. Calculus is formed when plaque’s protein-carbohydrate matrix accumulates calcium followed by the precipitation and mineralization of crystalline calcium phosphate. Once mineralized calculus is formed, another layer of bacteria adheres to the surface forming yet another layer of plaque winch is subsequently mineralized into calculus.
“The failure to retard or stop the proliferation of plaque is detrimental to oral health. Plaque formation leads to dental caries, gingival inflammation, periodontal disease and ultimately tooth loss. The present inventors recognize these problems and have developed a composition suitable for combating oral disease preventing tooth loss, and leading to general oral well-being.
“While the prior art discloses the use of various oral compositions for combating plaque, there is still a need for additional formulations, which provide greater availability, improved performance in combating oral disease along with increased user acceptance. The present inventors have discovered the use of traditional dentifrice ingredients in a base in order to create a non-traditional, portable and consumer desirable toothtape.”
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, NewsRx correspondents also obtained the inventors’ summary information for this patent: “The present invention encompasses oral care products and methods of using the same that are effective in arresting the accumulation of plaque and preventing gingivitis. The invention also encompasses an oral product and methods that by reducing plaque will abate subsequent calculus formation. The invention also encompasses compositions and methods to provide consumers with a product that will clean the oral cavity and provide improved methods of promoting vitality of the oral cavity.
“In one embodiment, the invention encompasses an oral care product in the form of a tape or strip that can be utilized to clean the oral cavity.
“Another embodiment of the invention encompasses an oral care tape or strip capable of adhering to the surface of the oral cavity including an amount of oral care composition, wherein said oral care composition is capable of cleaning the teeth and/or oral cavity.
“Another embodiment of the invention encompasses a tape or strip, which includes at least one abrasive, at least one surfactant, at least one foaming agent, and wherein the tape or strip can adhere to the surface of the oral cavity and is capable of cleaning the teeth and/or oral cavity, particularly with brushing.
“Another embodiment of the invention encompasses a composition including an oral care tape or strip including at least one abrasive, at least one surfactant, and at least one fluoride source, wherein the oral care tape or strip can adhere to the surface of the oral cavity and is capable of cleaning the teeth and/or oral cavity.
“Another embodiment of the invention encompasses a method of cleaning the oral cavity by adhering an oral care tape or strip to the surface of the oral cavity, for example, the teeth wherein the tape or strip includes at least one abrasive, at least one surfactant, at least one foaming agent and at least one fluoride source, wherein after the tape or strip is adhered to the surface of the oral cavity the oral cavity is brushed to clean the oral cavity.
“Another embodiment of the invention encompasses a kit including an oral brushing tape or strip, which tape or strip is capable of adhering to the surface of the oral cavity, wherein the oral brushing strip includes at least one abrasive at least one surfactant, at least one fluoride source and at least one foaming agent, wherein the oral brushing strip can adhere to the surface of the oral cavity and is capable of cleaning the teeth and/or oral cavity, and wherein the kit contains the tape or strip is predetermined lengths for single use.
“To achieve the foregoing and other embodiments and in accordance with the purpose of the present invention, as embodied and broadly described herein the oral tape or strip of this invention includes at least one abrasive, at least one surfactant, at least one fluoride source, and one or more optional components including vitamins, polymers, enzymes, humectants, preservatives and combinations thereof.”
For additional information on this patent, see: Mello, Sarita V.; Arvanitidou, Evangelia S.. Oral Care Strip Or Tape and Methods of Use and Manufacture. U.S. Patent Number 8765155, filed August 30, 2007, and published online on July 1, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=\%2Fnetahtml\%2FPTO\%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8765155.PN.&OS=PN/8765155RS=PN/8765155
Keywords for this news article include: Anions, Fluorides, Hydrofluoric Acid.
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