US 10,376,149 B2
Oral care evaluation system and process
Michael Pacelli, West Caldwell, NJ (US); Hrebesh Molly Subhash, Highland Park, NJ (US); Michael Fitzgerald, Oakhurst, NJ (US); and Harsh Mahendra Trivedi, Hillsborough, NJ (US)
Assigned to Colgate-Palmolive Company, New York, NY (US)
Filed by Colgate-Palmolive Company, New York, NY (US)
Filed on Jul. 11, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/646,257.
Prior Publication US 2019/0014988 A1, Jan. 17, 2019
Int. Cl. A61C 3/00 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61C 17/22 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 5/0088 (2013.01) [A61B 5/0071 (2013.01); A61B 5/7445 (2013.01); A61B 2576/00 (2013.01); A61C 17/22 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An oral care evaluation system comprising:
a light source configured to emit a spectrum of light which induces fluorescence in an organic compound, the light source illuminating soft oral tissue within an oral cavity;
an image sensor receiving light generated by fluorescence of the organic compound on the soft oral tissue, the image sensor generating image data for an image of the soft oral tissue, the image comprising a plurality of pixels; and
an image processor receiving the image data from the image sensor and programmed to evaluate oral hygiene of the soft oral tissue by assessing an attribute of each pixel in the image;
wherein the image processor is programmed to display a hygiene grade on the display screen, the hygiene grade resulting from the evaluation of oral hygiene.