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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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Findings of table 2 reveal that, there is a statistically significant association between tooth loss and type of cleaning (p<0.001), materials used (p<0.001) and method of tooth brushing (p<0.001) among the urban adult subjects.
Filming a brushing session also might make people more conscious of their habits, which is useful when trying to ingrain the proper form for brushing teeth.
TOP TIP If you struggle to see inside your child's mouth when brushing, lay them on the floor with their head on your lap.
The new Genius technology protects gums from overaggressive brushing by visually indicating when too much pressure is applied, automatically slowing down the brush head speed and stopping the pulsations.
While brushing teeth regularly helps keep cavities at bay, you should not forget to visit the dentist once, every year.
The design of this innovative toothbrush corrects maladaptive brushing habits and fosters healthy practices.”
Many dogs try to eat paste by chewing the toothbrush, making the brushing job a whole lot harder for us.
"By eliminating all variables but the toothbrush, we were thrilled to see that our toothbrushes delivered a 73% improvement in brushing times.
The inclusion criteria included a plaque score ranging from 1-3 of Silness-Loe plaque index, healthy subjects who had the presence of more than 20 natural teeth excluding plaque retentive areas such as grossly carious teeth or orthodontically bonded abutments, absence of major hard and soft tissue oral lesions and maintenance of oral hygiene by brushing the teeth twice daily.
However, there are other factors to consider such as personal preferences and brushing routines/habits and the effects of tooth brushing either before or after breakfast on the subsequent taste of the food ingested during the meal.
Things that hurt brushability include brushmarks (striations) that do not flow out, sagging, high brush drag that makes brushing difficult, and low brush drag that makes brushing so easy that overspreading of the paint occurs.