|Product type||Oral hygiene|
|Owner||Procter & Gamble|
|Introduced||January 13, 1950|
|Previous owners||The Gillette Company|
Dr. Robert W. Hutson (1920–2001), a California periodontist, designed and patented a toothbrush in 1950. The application for his "Hutson toothbrush" was filed on January 13, 1950, and U.S. Patent No. 160,604 was granted on October 24 the same year. In 1958, he was granted a new patent for a "mouthbrush" having numerous fine, soft, flat-ended nylon bristles, and a similar appearance to the 1950 design. He claimed in his application that this brush was less abrasive to tooth enamel, better for massaging the gums, and more effective at picking up tooth powder than other brushes available at the time, which had coarse, angle-cut bristles.
Dr. Hutson sold his toothbrush business in the 1960s, and continued his San Jose periodontal practice.
- 1991: bristles that fade with wear (Indicator toothbrush, Edison Awards winner)
- 1998: angled bristles (CrossAction toothbrush)
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- US patent 2845649 http://www.google.com/patents/US2845649
- "About us: History of Oral-B". oralb.com.
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- US 4802255, Breuer, Miklos M. & Joseph A. Hanak, "Novel brush filaments", published 7 February 1989 , filed 10 August 1987. Granted to Gillette Canada. http://www.google.com/patents/US4802255