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dentifrice

 [den″tĭ-fris]
a preparation for cleansing and polishing the teeth; some contain agents for whitening. Those containing fluoride inhibit formation of dental caries; those containing triclosan help inhibit formation of gingivitis and plaque.

den·ti·frice

(den'ti-fris),
Any preparation used in the cleansing of the teeth, for example, a tooth powder, toothpaste, or tooth wash.
[L. dentifricium, fr. dens, tooth, + frico, pp. frictus, to rub]

dentifrice

/den·ti·frice/ (den´tĭ-fris) a preparation for cleansing and polishing the teeth; it may contain a therapeutic agent, such as fluoride, to inhibit dental caries.

dentifrice

(dĕn′tə-frĭs′)
n.
A substance, such as a paste or powder, for cleaning the teeth.

dentifrice

[den′tifris]
Etymology: L, dens + fricare, to rub
a pharmaceutic compound used with a toothbrush for cleaning and polishing the teeth. It typically contains a mild abrasive, detergent, flavoring agent, fluoride, and binder. Other common ingredients are deodorants, humectants, desensitizers, and various medications to prevent dental caries. Also called toothpaste.

den·ti·frice

(den'ti-fris)
Any preparation used in the cleansing of the teeth, e.g., a tooth powder, toothpaste, or tooth wash.

dentifrice

See TOOTHPASTE.

den·ti·frice

(den'ti-fris)
Any preparation used to cleanse teeth, e.g., a tooth powder, toothpaste, or tooth wash.
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