- a soft, strong, waxed or unwaxed thread, usually made of nylon, for drawing between the teeth to remove food particles and prevent the buildup of plaque.
Origin of dental floss
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
Also called floss.
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- a soft usually flattened often waxed thread for cleaning the teeth and the spaces between them
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- A waxed or unwaxed thread used to remove food particles and plaque from the teeth.
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