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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.


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.


striking of the medial aspect of the fetlock and coronet of the horse by the hoof of the opposite limb of a pair. See also cutting.

brushing boot
see brush boot.

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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The tooth brushing program is one of the strategies in the Community Health Action Plan for Logan which I launched in May this year.
The tooth brushing habits and daily dietary habits (between meal snacking, etc.
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.
We have made significant progress across Wales with more children taking part in tooth brushing schemes, providing young people with the tools they need to develop and maintain good oral health.
It will even give the user a graphical analysis of your tooth brushing durations throughout the week, and can track as many as four tooth brushers on one device.
The scheme, which was launched at St John the Baptist Primary School in Ragworth, Stockton, forms part of the Smile4Life project - a partnership between NHS Tees, Oral Health Promotion and Learning Days Ltd - and complements the daily tooth brushing programmes already running in targeted schools.
The study aimed to measure plaque removal achieved by subjects via manual tooth brushing for different brushing times.
Bacteremia caused by routine tooth brushing does not appear to be clinically important, and there are conflicting data about its frequency (10).
There will also be nurses on hand to advise on tooth brushing technique.