Patents Nos. 5,660,216; 5,577,537 and 5,518,051

ADAPTIVE HOLDER, EXTENSION HANDLE AND TOOTHBRUSH GUIDE FOR A TOOTHPASTE DISPENSER

Issued: August 26, 1997, November 26, 1996 and May 21, 1996

Inventor: Wesley M. Wells, Enfield, NY


An adaptive holder for a pump-style dispenser is disclosed. The holder includes a holder base and at least two converging side rails slanted from top to bottom and connected to the holder base.

The dispenser base slides between and under the top of the converging side rails until it is secured to the holder base by frictional compression forces between the dispenser base, the converging side rails and the holder base.

A toothbrush holder system for positioning a toothbrush in proximity to the dispenser is disclosed. A toothbrush holder base is secured in the adaptive holder along with the dispenser. The toothbrush is supported by support base and held in proper position by the side rails.

As an alternative, the adaptive holder which includes a support rail can be provided with a toothbrush support base and toothbrush guide rails. The adaptive holder can be provided with support arms and an extension handle arm pivotally connected to the support arms.

When the extension arm is depressed the pump actuator is also depressed. The extension arm can be adjustable to accommodate various sized dispensers and to dispense different amount of toothpaste.

A nozzle closing plug can be located on the extension arm such that the extension arm can be pivoted to insert the closing plug into the nozzle.

The adaptive holder can include a toothbrush support base connected to the extension arm. As the extension arm is depressed the support base slides between toothbrush guide rails and the toothbrush is supported by the toothbrush support base and moved into proper position to receive toothpaste as it is dispensed from the dispenser while the extension arm is depressed.

An adaptive holder is provided for a toothpaste dispenser with a screw-on cap. A cylindrical threaded toothpaste dispenser attachment means is connected to the holder base. The attachment means screws on to the dispenser in place of the screw on cap.


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