How to Ensure the Success of Your Dental Patent by Treating Disease

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A new patent-pending mouthwash may solve the needs of 25 million consumers. And at $10 a pop, this could be a brand new $250-$500 million per year industry. If you have an idea for the dental field, then following this company’s advice could be your golden ticket.

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I just finished reading a web article on Dentistry IQ – click on the link for the dental patent article – about Orazyme Dr Mouth Mouthwash.

According to the article, dry mouth:

"…is caused by various diseases and their treatments, stress, vitamin deficiencies, and by hundreds of common medications ranging from antidepressants to antihistamines. One in five people will experience its effects at some point.

Dry mouth isn’t just a matter of a dry, sticky uncomfortable feeling, cracked lips, rough tongue and the sensation that the teeth are perpetually dirty. It can be dangerous by affecting appetite, the ability to chew and swallow and digestion. In addition, dry mouth promotes tooth decay and gum disease, which are linked with other systemic diseases."

The article continues by explaining how the mouthwash contains two patent-pending technologies designed to help combat dry mouth.

The first one is a formula that "… features seven natural oral enzymes that remain bioactive through a patent-pending delivery system." The second is a "… patent-pending MIM Salzyme Metal Ion Management technology to help protect the mouth’s immune functions."

 Three Golden Rules for Dental Patents

As an aspiring inventor, there is much you can learn from this new dental product. In fact, after reading the article I came up with three questions you can ask yourself after coming up with an idea.

Patent IdeaPatent Question #1: Who is your audience? Apparently, over 25 million people are affected by dry mouth.  Ask yourself, does my idea cater to a large enough audience to be profitable?

Patent Question #2: What is the problem? Dry mouth not only sounds uncomfortable, but it can lead to worse problems like, "tooth decay and gum disease". Ask yourself, does your product address a problem?

Patent Question #3: What’s the urgency? Some problems can be put off or ignored, say a leaky faucet or squeaky door hinge. However, a problem that causes daily frequent pain (like dry mouth) is much harder to ignore. Ask yourself, what urgent problem can my product solve?

By creating a dental product that caters to such a large audience with an urgent problem, Orazyme is ensuring their success in the market. If you want to increase the odds of a marketable idea, make sure you ask yourself these three questions before pursuing a patent for your dental product.

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