A creation from Colgate aims to give customers the best of both worlds: A nice finish on their teeth and a jolt of caffeine. Colgate has revealed plans for a toothbruth with a built-in caffeine patch. It's designed to deliver the morning coffee as you brush your teeth. A patent application reveals the firm is considering flavour patches and even drug delivery using the system. According to the application, the technology would allow chemicals to be embedded into the heads of a standard toothbruth and slowly released during use. It could be an important time saver for those who want an extra five minutes in bed. The Colgate-Palmolive Company showed off plans for everything from mint and apple flavoured patches to a caffeine patch to wake up the weary.
Each patch would last around three months, the application shows.
The firm could also expand the offering to include drugs such as aspirin, and the application even reveals a 'diet toothbrush' with a patch that releases an appetite suppressant.
In the patent application, toothbrushes would be delineated by differently shaped tongue cleaners; an apple shape means apple flavor, a snowflake means a cooling sensation while a mint leaf releases mint.
The patent describes the pictures as: 'An oral care implement comprising a handle and a head; a releasable sensory material that invokes a sensory response in an oral cavity during use.'