The founder of Clean Bite, LLC, John Gallagher, Jr. came up with the idea of an edible toothbrush decades ago as a US Army medic while assigned to an amputee ward. Made of edible material that dissolves after use, the brush – known as Clean Bite – enabled wounded soldiers to clean their teeth without assistance or need for water and paste. John is now in the running for an award from the London Business School for his innovation.  

From the competition description: "Today, Clean Bite is on the brink of conquering mass markets throughout the world with a product that has the potential not merely to generate billions of dollars in revenue, but bring profound health benefits and save lives in the poorest regions of the globe by delivering vitamins, medicines, nutrients, and therapeutics." Vote Here

DCB, LLC’s, U.S. Patented Clean Bite™ is the world’s most advanced single use toothbrush.

Looks like a mouthpiece but is made of a foodstuff that dissolves after utility and is totally ingested, enabling it to also act as a delivery system for various Actives e.g. vitamins, encapsulated vaccines. Purposely addressing oral hygiene domestically and combining treatments for other systemic disorders and diseases in the populations of the developing world.

Although dental caries are largely preventable, domestically they remain the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years. Under this premise the largest of the domestic markets is “at risk children” receiving meals at school numbering more than 31M out of a student population of 52M.

Dental caries also affects adults, with 9 out of 10 over the age of 20 having some degree of tooth-root decay1. Among the populations of “at risk children” and those who have often transitioned into the populations of the underserved, poor dental health proves to be devastating. Recently recognized, oral health is not confined to the mouth but rather is a primary indicator of a person’s overall health. The patented Clean Bite™ is intended to provide oral hygiene unmatched by any single use toothbrush available anywhere in the world, while addressing global health issues in ways never imagined.

U.S. Patent 8,292,624