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the mechanical cleansing of proximal tooth surfaces, subgingivally and supragingivally, by dental tape or waxed or unwaxed dental floss.
flossingThe 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.
flossingDental 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.
The act of manipulating dental floss on the interproximal surfaces of teeth to remove soft deposits.
n the mechanical cleansing of interproximal tooth surfaces with stringlike, waxed or unwaxed dental floss or tape.
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.