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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.
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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.
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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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Till date, no studies have been reported in the literature on tooth loss and tooth brushing practices of adult population in Dharwad district.
(20), an appropriate chart was used for taking notes of: the daily tooth brushing frequency (d.tb.f), the person responsible for this, and which toothpaste was used.
Oral examination: The oral examination was carried out with a mouth mirror and probe under artificial light in the clinic using the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria (dft and DMFT indices).10 The oral examination included assessment of dental caries, oral hygiene status, plaque index, tooth brushing, nutritional habits and salivary pH, buffer capacity, and flow rate.
(12) This is explained as with increase in chronicity of tooth brushing and the use of abrasives for cleaning the teeth increases proportionately so is the abrasive lesion.
I tell parents it is better to get a mediocre tooth brushing in than no brushing at all.
Results of present study showed that patients were familiar with use of miswak and tooth brushing with tooth paste for cleaning of their teeth.
Following an acidogenic challenge such as occurs following mealtimes it is advisable to wait for the saliva to buffer the drop in intra-oral pH before tooth brushing to minimise tooth mineral loss.
It includes tooth brushing, healthy eating and drinking, dental screening and fluoride varnish applications.
The Beam Toothbrush app can function as that timer, and the toothbrush will automatically transmit when a user commences and finishes tooth brushing.
You should supervise your children's tooth brushing, using only a pea-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste (1350 to 1500 parts per million) until they are about seven years old.
Designed to Smile (D2S) aims to improve children's oral health and prevent tooth decay using supervised tooth brushing and by giving out free toothbrushes and toothpaste.
The Designed to Smile (D2S) scheme aims to improve children's oral health and prevent tooth decay using supervised tooth brushing and by giving out free toothbrushes and toothpaste.