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den·tal pro·phy·lax·is

a series of procedures whereby calculus, stain, and other accretions are removed from the crowns and roots of the teeth, and the enamel surfaces are polished.
Synonym(s): cleaning


preparation of the clinical environment to remove debris and prevent spread of dust-borne contaminants


v to expunge all residue of prior materials. Heat or steam is required to remove any hint of previous remedies from the receptacles and tools used in the creation of homeopathic or herbal preparations.

den·tal proph·y·lax·is

(den'tăl prō'fi-lak'sis)
Procedures whereby calculus, stains, and other accretions are removed from the crowns and roots of the teeth and the enamel surfaces are polished.
Synonym(s): cleaning.


1. a major part of sanitation procedures in veterinary preventive medicine because of the heavy contamination of animal accommodation by feces and urine, and in abattoirs because of the rapid accumulation of fat. High pressure cleaning with hot water and detergents is the only practicable procedure but brings its own attendant problems of disposal of effluent.
2. colloquial term for placenta of mare or cow.

Patient discussion about cleaning

Q. How can I "allergy proof" the house? My nephew will be coming to stay with me for a couple of months and he is highly allergic. How can I allergy proof the house so he'll be protected?

A. Excellent tips :)
In the meantime everything is fine.

More discussions about cleaning
References in classic literature ?
He added a little sternly, "Have you forgotten that this is spring cleaning time?
She knew it was useless to say that he had let many spring cleaning times pass.
It is just for spring cleaning time," Jane said, "he wants me always to do his spring cleaning.
Jane is now a common grown-up, with a daughter called Margaret; and every spring cleaning time, except when he forgets, Peter comes for Margaret and takes her to the Neverland, where she tells him stories about himself, to which he listens eagerly.
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Cleaning the windows on the M1114 Up-Armor HMMWV is a whole new can of worms.
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