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a preparation for cleansing and polishing the teeth; some contain agents for whitening. Those containing fluoride inhibit formation of dental caries; those containing triclosan help inhibit formation of gingivitis and plaque.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Any preparation used in the cleansing of the teeth, for example, a tooth powder, toothpaste, or tooth wash.
[L. dentifricium, fr. dens, tooth, + frico, pp. frictus, to rub]
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A substance, such as a paste or powder, for cleaning the teeth.
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Any preparation used in the cleansing of the teeth, e.g., a tooth powder, toothpaste, or tooth wash.
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Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
Any preparation used to cleanse teeth, e.g., a tooth powder, toothpaste, or tooth wash.
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