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.
- Also called floss.
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How to use dental floss in a sentence
I wasn't sure what I could use to tie some of the stems to the wires until I thought of unwaxed dental floss.Hints From Heloise: What to do with an old mink coat? | Heloise Heloise | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
I bought it anyway for $20 and sewed the arm up with dental floss.
The use of dental floss silk between the teeth, provided care is taken not to press it against the gums, is also helpful.How to Live | Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
dental floss is generally needed to remove particles that have lodged between the teeth.American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick | Jane A. Delano
If you have no regular dental floss, use any white silk thread for the purpose.Vitality Supreme | Bernarr Macfadden
British Dictionary definitions for dental floss
a soft usually flattened often waxed thread for cleaning the teeth and the spaces between them
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