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flossing

the mechanical cleansing of proximal tooth surfaces, subgingivally and supragingivally, by dental tape or waxed or unwaxed dental floss.
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Flossing

flossing

The use of a waxed or unwaxed synthetic thread to dislodge plaque, foods and microbes from the lateral borders of teeth; regular flossing reduces halitosis and decreases the incidence of caries and periodontal disease.

flossing

Dental hygiene The use of synthetic thread to dislodge plaque, food, and microbes from the lateral borders of teeth; flossing ↓ halitosis, caries, periodontal disease. See Alternative dentistry, Caries.

floss·ing

(flawsing)
The act of manipulating dental floss on the interproximal surfaces of teeth to remove soft deposits.

flossing,

n the mechanical cleansing of interproximal tooth surfaces with stringlike, waxed or unwaxed dental floss or tape.
flossing aids,
n.pl the commercially available devices designed to make flossing easier and more effective, particularly in places that are tight or difficult to reach. These include plastic holders and threaders.
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The 2 most common reasons for non-usage of floss were "never been introduced to the habit of flossing by my parents" and "I feel my mouth is clean after brushing" (21.
See your dentist if brushing or flossing causes your gums to bleed or hurts your mouth.
Flossing is still the golden standard, but only if people actually do it.
DenTek's floss picks feature a contoured handle and lend far better flossing control and access to hard-to-reach spots than traditional floss.
Keep your child entertained by singing a song, playing a counting game or using a fun timer while the child is flossing and brushing.
Although two dated reports, one involving a case study and another that com pared toothbrushing to a Water Flosser alone, questioned the plaque removal capabilities of water flossing, subsequent studies refute those results.
Flossing involves insertingathin strip of specially designed tape or ribbon between the teeth to remove any remaining plaque not eliminated by brushing.
In my book, flossing is something you do with your friends only if you're guest starring in a toothpaste ad with ten of your VBFs (that's Very Best Friends.
Now the organization's main volunteer oral hygiene educator, she visits the valley's four elementary school districts, giving 20-minute presentations that cover nutrition, brushing and flossing.
Braun created the category because its research showed consumers generally have poor flossing habits, said Annette Domnik, product manager, oral care.
Close to six in ten, or 59 percent, would be most disturbed by their partner not brushing or flossing his or her teeth for a week, as compared to only 24 percent who would be most perturbed if their significant other passed on wearing deodorant.
With Duncan Black, principal dentist at Halo Dental QI've never been very good at flossing, I don't like the feeling of the floss getting stuck between my teeth.