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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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No further instructions were given regarding flossing technique.
Nothing quite matches the ability of flossing to clean between teeth and under the gum line.
is answering the call with its launch of a dental tape billed as two-to-three times thinner than any other flossing material.
The ADA continues to recommend flossing as part of a good oral hygiene regimen," says the statement.
s GUM line of products includes a host of innovative flossing items.
The "plaque and white" findings reveal a number of attitudes and behaviors, including: workers' top mouth-related offenses, the foods they most often avoid for fear of getting them stuck in their teeth, the abysmal percentage of Americans who floss after meals and the unpleasant chores they'd gladly complete instead of flossing.
NEW YORK -- The act of flossing has been endorsed by a federal judge.
SAN DIEGO -- Placontrol, which pioneered the dental flosser, continues to innovate with a distinctive array of proprietary flossing devices.
Not the best scenario for optimal oral health--daily flossing has long been considered the standard for removing gum disease-causing plaque that can't be removed by brushing alone.