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Cytology The scraping of loose cells from the cervix, endocervix and vaginal wall. See Differential brushing Dentistry The cleaning of teeth with a tooth brush. See Bass brushing.


1. A technique of tactile stimulation using small brushes over selected dermatomes to elicit muscular responses in the rehabilitation of persons with central nervous system damage.
2. Cleaning with a brush, as in toothbrushing.
3. A clinical specimen obtained by rubbing a body part with a brush. The tissue or cells obtained are examined microscopically for evidence of disease.
4.. In massage therapy, superficial stroking performed with the fingertips.


striking of the medial aspect of the fetlock and coronet of the horse by the hoof of the opposite limb of a pair. See also cutting.

brushing boot
see brush boot.

Patient discussion about brushing

Q. do you know what are the pros and cons of the Sonic toothbrush from Oral B (electric tooth brush)? last night, my best friend raved about it for a whole hour. My dentist told me to use a soft brush (number 35) to clean my teeth and that the electric brushes are a bit over rated. My friend specifically told me about the Sonic product and told me that it also makes his teeth whiter. I wanted to know if anybody has any knowledge or experience from first hand about this product or any good information about it.

A. Thank you for the frank answer. I wonder if I can find a really soft electric toothbrush

Q. I wanne know why my breath is smelth,when i am sleeping and specially in mornings.i brush morning on my tongu I always must chewing sth , while my mouth is empty , my breath is bad smell.i`m im 39 aging and i have this problem from when I was a teenage person

A. Bad breath in most of the cases happens because of problems with mouth or teeth (like bacteria between your teeth or on the back of your tongue). You may consult a dentist to see if there is a problem that can be treated. You can also try to eat a good breakfast with fibers, drink water, chew gum for a several minutes, gargling with mouthwash or brush the back of your tongue and see if these things helps.

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A. I agree with Dagmar you can loose some hair each day. But if you are loosing quite a bit you might want to see a specialist such as a dermatologist. Also make sure you don't have a thyroid condition. You can loose hair if you have an overactive or an underactive thyroid. I don't know how old you are but age is also a major factor as well.With the onset of perimenopause, Women tend to have thinning hair or they can loose some of their hair as well.

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The Genius' timer, the company adds, ensures that each quadrant of the mouth is brushed for 30 seconds to reach the dentist-recommended two-minute brushing session.
Tooth brushing is primary mechanical mean of removing plaque, thereby preventing gingivitis and, to some extent, controlling dental caries.
But whether using a manual or electric brush, Friedman advises brushing correctly and not overbrushing.
The unit incorporates a two-minute timer to ensure consumer brushes for the suggested time; a signal every 30 seconds that reminds users to move to a different quadrant of the mouth; a provision to allow for gentle increases in brushing power over the first 14 uses to help users become accustomed to power brushing and a dual control for high and low speed settings.
According to a German study, Dentiphant is up to 50 percent more effective than manual brushing.
We recognized this was a huge problem, and found that we could increase brushing time if we make brushing fun, " the spokesman said.
Cover grill and cook ribs, turning ever 15 minutes and brushing with glaze, for 1 hour and 15 minutes, adding hot coals from a side source, if necessary, in order to maintain temperature (about 300 degrees F, if grill has an accurate thermometer).