Among the oral care patents issued last month, was a dentrifice containing functional film flakes, which was filed by Colgate-Palmolive Company. The dentifrice composition (Patent No. 8,475,771 B2) comprised an orally acceptable vehicle and film flakes distributed within the vehicle. The vehicle has aqueous phase and the matrix is comprised of a water-soluble material and at least constituent is selected from the group consisting of flavorants, therapeutic agents, cosmetic agents and combinations thereof. The matrix is rupturable and disintegrates during toothbrushing.
Also, Mineral Science Co., Santa Ynez, CA, has patented a method for improving oral hygiene in a mammal (Patent No. 8,475,773). The solution, which has a pH ranging from 7.00 to 9.70, consists of a cesium salt, and wherein the cesium salt is selected from a group consisting of cesium arginate, cesium ascorbate, cesium caprylate, cesium cysteinate, cesium fumarate, cesium humate, cesium fulvate, cesium methionate, cesium glutamate, cesium gluconate, cesium glycinate, cesium aspartate, cesium lysinate, cesium succinate, cesium carbonate, cesium lactate, cesium malate, cesium tartrate, cesium chloride, cesium sulfate, cesium phosphate, cesium nitrate, cesium bromide, cesium iodide, and cesium orotate, water, and one or more electrolytes.